Unsupported operand types in if/else list comprehension

John Yeung gallium.arsenide at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 23:18:53 CEST 2009

On Apr 10, 5:07 pm, Mike H <cmh.pyt... at gmail.com> wrote:
> From playing around with other examples, I get the feeling
> that Python is calculating both values (inst and '"'+inst+'"')
> before selecting which one to pass to the new list. Am I right?

I believe so.  (I'm sure the experts here will tell you more

> Is there any way I can do this using list comprehension?

Yes.  If you are using 2.5 or later, you can do this:

Python 2.6.1 (r261:67517, Dec  4 2008, 16:51:00) [MSC v.1500 32 bit
(Intel)] on
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>>> a=['test',1,'two']
>>> b=[(x if not isinstance(x, str) else '"'+x+'"') for x in a]
>>> b
['"test"', 1, '"two"']

If you are trying to make a CSV file, then even better may be to use
the csv module.


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