Does '#hash' mean anything in IDLE?

Blackbird fake at
Sat Mar 4 02:36:27 CET 2006

Scott David Daniels wrote:
> Paul Rubin wrote:
>> Scott David Daniels <scott.daniels at> writes:
>>> And, for 2.4 or later:
>>>      def letter_hash(word):
>>>          return "".join(sorted(word))
>>> sorted takes an iterable, and strings are iterables.
>> I don't think the "hash" is really a hash in the normal sense--in
>> particular, it has to be collision-free.  So I'd just call it
>> "sorted_word".  Here's my version of the program:
>> ================================================================
>> from sets import Set
> "Cute" form for this:
>      try:
>          set
>      except NameError:
>          from sets import Set as set
> Then you get native sets for 2.4, and sets.Set for 2.3
>> d = {}
>> for line in file('/usr/share/dict/words'):
>>     word = line.strip().lower()
>>     d.setdefault(sorted_word(word), Set()).add(word)
>> print sorted(d.iteritems(), key=lambda (x,y): -len(y))[:1]
> ...
>> Note that I sorted the dictionary items in order to get the max
>> element.  That is sort of bogus because it's an O(N log N) operation
>> while finding the maximum should only need O(N).  But it leads to
>> a convenient spelling.  It would be nice if "max" accepted a "key"
>> argument the way that the sorting functions do.
> Using a variant of DSU (Decorate-Sort-Undecorate) with max for S,
> rather than sort:
>      print max((len(words), words) for words in d.itervalues())
> or:
>      size, words = max((len(words), words) for words in
>      d.itervalues()) print size, sorted(words)
> --Scott David Daniels
> scott.daniels at

Your code is Pylegant.  Jee, I just learned of Python two weeks ago, and my
copy of the cookbook arrived yesterday.  And now I'm coining new words.
What is this language doing to me?


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