Generic logic/conditional class or library for classification of data

nawijn at nawijn at
Tue Apr 3 09:39:06 CEST 2007

On Apr 3, 5:43 am, "Basilisk96" <basilis... at> wrote:
> Thanks for the help, guys.
> Dictionaries to the rescue!
> Steven, it's certainly true that runtime creation of attributes does
> not fit well here. At some point, an application needs to come out of
> generics and deal with logic that is specific to the problem. The
> example I gave was classification of books, which is relatively easy
> to understand. The particular app I'm working with deals with
> specialty piping valves, where the list of rules grows complicated
> fairly quickly.
> So, having said that "attributes are not known at design time", it
> seems that dictionaries are best for the generic core functionality:
> it's easy to iterate over arbitrary "key, value" pairs without
> hiccups. I can even reference a custom function by a key, and call it
> during the iteration to do what's necessary. The input/output
> dictionaries would dictate that behavior, so that would be the
> implementation-specific stuff. Easy enough, and the core functionality
> remains generic enough for re-use.
> Michael, I looked at the sample snippets at that link, and I'll have
> to try it out. Thanks!


If your rules become more complicated and maybe increase in number
it might be an idea to switch to a rule-based system. Take a look at
CLIPS and the
associated Python bindings:

Kind regards,


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