Method much slower than function?

Josiah Carlson josiah.carlson at
Thu Jun 14 21:15:55 CEST 2007

sjdevnull at wrote:
> On Jun 14, 1:10 am, Paul Rubin <http://phr...@NOSPAM.invalid> wrote:
>> "sjdevn... at" <sjdevn... at> writes:
>>> take virtually the same amount of time on my machine (2.5), and the
>>> non-join version is clearer, IMO.  I'd still use join in case I wind
>>> up running under an older Python, but it's probably not a big issue here.
>> You should not rely on using 2.5
> I use generator expressions and passed-in values to generators and
> other features of 2.5.

For reference, generator expressions are a 2.4 feature.

>> or even on that optimization staying in CPython.
> You also shouldn't count on dicts being O(1) on lookup, or "i in
> myDict" being faster than "i in myList".

Python dictionaries (and most decent hash table implementations) may not 
be O(1) technically, but they are expected O(1) and perform O(1) in 
practice (at least for the Python implementations).  If you have 
particular inputs that force Python dictionaries to perform poorly (or 
as slow as 'i in lst' for large dictionaries and lists), then you should 
post a bug report in the sourceforge tracker.

  - Josiah

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