[Python-ideas] OrderedDict.peekitem()

Neil Girdhar mistersheik at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 10:37:00 CEST 2015

Yeah, but logarithmic time everything should be good enough for nearly all
problems.  After years of programming competitions, one thing I remember is
how hard it is to craft a problem such that a linear solution is accepted,
but a linearithmic one is not.

On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 4:33 AM, Masklinn <masklinn at masklinn.net> wrote:

> On 2015-07-07, at 06:23 , Neil Girdhar <mistersheik at gmail.com> wrote:
> > This thread is not about hash tables.  This thread is about indexing
> into an ordered dictionary when you need an ordered dictionary.  Someone
> pointed out that people expect indexing to be constant time.  I agree that
> no one expects indexing to be linear time.  My point was that
> logarithmic-time indexing is reasonable and possible.
> Linear time indexing would be possible by changing the OrderedDict
> implementation to Raymond Hettinger's compact dictionaries[0] with a delete
> operation recompacting the entries array rather than just nulling the item
> (it would make removals on "early" keys of large dictionaries more
> expensive though, delete would become O(n) with n the number of "living"
> entries added after the one being removed).
> [0] https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2012-December/123028.html
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