Efficient lookup in list of dictionaries

bruno at modulix onurb at xiludom.gro
Mon Dec 5 10:31:06 CET 2005

David Pratt wrote:
> Can someone advise a more efficient lookup when using lists of
> dictionaries. Many thanks.
>     {'color':'red', 'shape':'octagon'},
>     {'color':'yellow', 'shape':'triangle'},
>     {'color':'green', 'shape':'circle'}]

COLOR_INDEX = dict([(item['color'], item) for item in TEST_CONSTANT])
SHAPE_INDEX = dict([item['shape'], item) for item in TEST_CONSTANT])

def getShapeForColor(color):
  return COLOR_INDEX.get(color, {'shape':None})['shape']

def getColorForShape(shape):
  return SHAPE_INDEX.get(color, {'color': None})['color']

This of course assume that there are no duplicate colors nor shapes.

bruno desthuilliers
python -c "print '@'.join(['.'.join([w[::-1] for w in p.split('.')]) for
p in 'onurb at xiludom.gro'.split('@')])"

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