common problem - elegant solution sought
mail at timgolden.me.uk
Tue Jan 15 11:55:03 CET 2008
Helmut Jarausch wrote:
> I'm looking for an elegant solution of the following tiny but common problem.
> I have a list of tuples (Unique_ID,Date) both of which are strings.
> I want to delete the tuple (element) with a given Unique_ID, but
> I don't known the corresponding Date.
> My straight forward solution is a bit lengthy, e.g.
> for (Key,Date) in L :
> pos+= 1
> if Key == "b" :
> found= pos
> if found >= 0 :
> del L[found]
> print L
> Most probably there are much more elegant solutions.
> Unfortunately, the index-list-method doesn't take an
> additional function argument for the comparisons.
Probably the most common solution to this in Python
is to produce a second list which has all the items
in the first except for the one(s) you wish to delete:
L2 = [(uniqid, date) for (uniqid, date) in L if not uniqid == 'b']
It might look a little wasteful, but since Python lists
are supremely fast and since the tuples themselves aren't
copied, only their references, the result is probably what
Obviously you've given us a toy example, which is fine for
demonstrating the problem. Suggestions might vary if, for
example, your data set were much bigger or if the tuples
were more complex.
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