[Python-ideas] Why does `sum` use a default for the `start` parameter?

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 17:45:33 CET 2009

On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 12:55 PM, Ram Rachum <cool-rr at cool-rr.com> wrote:
> I noticed that `sum` tries to add zero to your iterable. Why? Why not just skip
> adding any start value if none is specified?
> This current behavior is preventing me from using `sum` to add up a bunch of non-
> number objects.

In your proposed implementation, sum([]) would be undefined.

André Engels, andreengels at gmail.com

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