Python Metalanguage confusticates and bebothers me...
Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Wed Sep 6 05:20:57 CEST 2000
Jonadab the Unsightly One wrote:
> aren't dictionaries at all, they're associative arrays.
_Dictionary_ is a relatively common computer science term for an
associative array. I think your Inform background is showing, here.
> "Tuples" don't necessarily have three elements.
This one I don't follow. _Tuple_ is a mathematical term for an element
of a Cartesian product of sets -- in fact, they're called "ordered
tuples." The general count is n-tuple; a 2-tuple is a pair, and a
3-tuple is a triplet. Maybe you were mixing up _triple_ and _tuple_?
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