Size of tuples

Markus Schaber markus at
Tue Sep 11 22:53:05 CEST 2001


Peter van der Kamp <vdkamp at> schrub:

> Thanks to the answers I understand that big tuples
> aren't really a problem. I realise that it would have
> been easy to test it myself, but sharing experiences
> isn't that bad. To answer some of the
> questions asked to me: the memory of my machine
> is 64 Mb. The reason I need a big tuple is: I'm trying
> to develop a text retrieval program in Python. Tuples
> seem to be convenient to store the references to the
> individual words of a text.

I would rather use lists instead of tuples. They have the possibility 
to be modified in-place - one can exchange words etc, and adding 
doesn't involve creating a new object.

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