any(), all() and empty iterable

Dale Roberts gooberts at
Thu Apr 16 20:46:24 CEST 2009

On Apr 16, 2:27 pm, Tim Chase <python.l... at> wrote:
> Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> > I will not change the sentence to "return false if any element
> > of the iterable is false."  The negations make the sentence
> > hard to parse mentally
> Just as a ribbing, that "return X if any element of the iterable
> is X" is of the same form as the original.  The negation is only
> of the X, not of the sentence structure.
> > I will probably leave the lead-in sentence as-is but may
> > add another sentence specifically covering the case for
> > an empty iterable.
> as one of the instigators in this thread, I'm +1 on this solution.

Yes, I now appreciate the motivation for having the word "all" in the
text, and simply adding something like "or the iterable is empty"
might head off future confusion.


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