Using reverse iteration to clean up a list

tkpmep at hotmail.com tkpmep at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 13 05:00:04 CET 2005


I have list of lists of the following form

L=[['A', 100], ['B', 300], ['A', 400], ['B', -100]]

I want to aggregate these lists, i.e. to reduce L to
L=[['A', 500], ['B', 200]] #500 = 100+400, 200=300-100

Here's how I have done it:
L.sort()
for i in range(len(L),0,-1):
    if L[i-1][0]=L[i][0]:
        L[i-1][2] += L[i][2]
        del L[i]

Is there a simpler way to do this using the new reverse iteration
facility in Python 2.4?

Thomas Philips




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