Rich comparison methods don't work in sets?

MRAB python at
Sat Jun 20 12:27:45 EDT 2009

Gustavo Narea wrote:
> Hello again, everybody.
> Thank you very much for your responses. You guessed right, I didn't
> use the __hash__ method (and I forgot to mention that, sorry).
> And unfortunately, I think I can't make them hashable, because the
> objects are compared based on their attributes, which are in turn
> other kind of objects compared based on other attributes. All these
> class instances are compared with __eq__/__ne__ and they wrap
> relatively complex data which would be hard to attempt to represent
> them unambiguously using a 32-bit integer. That's why I'm afraid I
> cannot use hashables.
> I guess I'll have to use something like the function of my first
> post. :(
A hash doesn't have to be unambiguous. It's just a way to reduce the
number of equality checks that have to be made.

Could you create a hash from a tuple of attributes?

If all else fails you could define a hash function that returns a
constant. You would, however, lose the speed advantage that a hash
gives in narrowing down the possible matches.

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