counting items

Andrew Koenig ark at acm.org
Wed Jan 12 19:07:47 CET 2005


"It's me" <itsme at yahoo.com> wrote in message 
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> What's the best way to count number of items in a list?
>
> For instance,
>
> a=[[1,2,4],4,5,[2,3]]
>
> I want to know how many items are there in a (answer should be 7 - I don't
> want it to be 4)

How about this?

    def totallen(x):
        if isinstance(x, (list, tuple, dict)):
            return sum(map(totallen, x))
        return 1





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