Lists, tuples and memory.

Roy Smith roy at
Thu Jul 15 22:31:53 CEST 2004

"Larry Bates" <lbates at> wrote:
> Any reason not to put the words into a dictionary?
> [...]
> I'll bet access is faster (even if loading is slightly slower).

One trick I've used when I have something with a long startup time 
because it's parsing static files and building data structures is to 
build the data structure once, then pickle it (see the pickle and 
cPickle modules).

You production code then just has to call cPickle.load (file) and you're 
up and running way faster than re-parsing the original data files.

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