Is there a better way to code variable number of return arguments?

Alan G Isaac alan.isaac at
Fri Oct 9 05:42:52 CEST 2009

Dr. Phillip M. Feldman writes:
> I currently have a function that uses a list internally but then returns the
> list items as separate return
> values as follows:
> if len(result)==1: return result[0]
> if len(result)==2: return result[0], result[1]
> (and so on).  Is there a cleaner way to accomplish the same thing?

The suggestions to return result
or if needed tuple(result) are good,
if a sequence is expected.

But perhaps better if each element has separate meaning:
return a defaultdict;
document the keys.

Alan Isaac

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