and [True,True] --> [True, True]?????

Arnaud Delobelle arnodel at
Sun Apr 26 22:37:15 CEST 2009

John Posner <jjposner at> writes:

> jazbees wrote:
>> I'm surprised to see that the use of min and max for element-wise
>> comparison with lists has not been mentioned.  When fed lists of True/
>> False values, max will return True if there is at least one True in
>> the list, while min will return False if there is at least one False.
>> Going back to the OP's initial example, one could wrap a min check on
>> each list inside another min.
> I agree with Duncan Booth that any() is equivalent to -- and better
> than -- max() for handling boolean values. But what boolean-oriented
> function is equivalent to min()? How about this, which returns the
> negation of the min() result:
> def at_least_one_false(value_list):
>   """
>   return True if at least one value in value_list is logically FALSE
>   """
>   return any( [not val for val in value_list] )
> This works, but the short-circuit feature of any() is undermined by
> the process-the-whole-sequence behavior of the list comprehension. So,
> let's delete the square brackets, converting the list comprehension
> into a generator expression:
>   return any( not val for val in value_list )

This is the same as:

    return not all(value_list)

> According to timeit.Timer.timeit(), this change improves performance
> from 14.59 seconds to 10.49 seconds, with a long value_list:
>   [True]*20 + [False] + [True]*30
> But the generator expression produces worse performance with a shorter
> value_list:
>   [True]*2 + [False] + [True]*3


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