Another itertool function?

Raymond Hettinger vze4rx4y at
Tue Apr 29 08:37:52 CEST 2003

[Magnus Lie Hetland]
> The need for the following function just cropped up in a parser I'm
> writing; it seems sufficiently general to perhaps be a candidate for
> itertools -- and I can't see any way of implementing it with the
> current itertools functions:

Okay, I tried it and the result was horrible:

def weave(*iterables):
    "Works perfectly except fails to terminate"
    return ifilter(None, imap(type(chain([])).next,
                cycle(imap(chain, iterables, repeat(repeat(None))))))
> def weave(*iterables):
>     iterables = map(iter, iterables)
>     while iterables:
>         for it in iterables[:]:
>             try:
>                 yield
>             except StopIteration:
>                 iterables.remove(it)
> Another possible name (which is a bit more unwieldy) would be
> 'roundrobin'.

I find this name to be the most descriptive.

> I expect there would have to be more use-cases to justify it, but I
> just thought I'd air the idea...

Probably there should be more use cases.
It does seem to be a general purpose tool
for combining iterators.

Here's another idea that was submitted:

def windowed(iterable, group=2):
    "returns (i[0], i[1], ... i[group-1]), (i[1], i[2], ... i[group]), ..."
    it = iter(iterable)
    result = []
    while True:
        if len(result) == group:
            yield group

Raymond Hettinger

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