[Python-Dev] function for counting items in a sequence

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at gmail.com
Sun Apr 8 20:11:06 CEST 2007

A summary response to the issues raised so far...

On what the name should be:
* Adam Olsen - countunique(), countdistinct(), countduplicates()
* Greg Ewing - counteach(), countall()
* Kevin Jacobs - tally()
* Guido - counts() is fine
So I guess I'll stick with counts().

On whether the count of a missing item should be 0 or a KeyError:
* Brett Cannon - 0
* Greg Ewing - 0
Because the number of times an unseen item was seen is 0. So I'll
stick with returning 0. That's the normal behavior for a

Raymond Hettinger suggested that the function should be called
dict.fromcount() instead. I lean towards the collections module
instead of a dict classmethod because the feedback above suggests that
the count of an unseen item should be 0. This means returning a
defaultdict(int), which might be a bit confusing from a classmethod of

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