Algorithm help per favore

David Eppstein eppstein at
Wed Jun 18 22:54:14 CEST 2003

On 6/18/03 3:45 PM -0500 Skip Montanaro <skip at> wrote:
>     David> It's tempting to use "not L[0]" instead (since what I want is
> an     David> object that's not equal to L[0]) but that fails when L is
> empty.
> How about "not L[0:1]"?  Since L is a sequence (right?), "not L[0:1]" will
> be True if L is empty and False otherwise.

That fails to produce an object that is guaranteed to be unequal to L[0] 
when L is nonempty.
David Eppstein            
Univ. of California, Irvine, School of Information & Computer Science

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