expression in an if statement

Frederic Rentsch anthra.norell at bluewin.ch
Thu Aug 19 08:40:08 CEST 2010


On Thu, 2010-08-19 at 00:12 +0200, Thomas Jollans wrote:
> On Wednesday 18 August 2010, it occurred to John Nagle to exclaim:
> > On 8/18/2010 11:24 AM, ernest wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > > 
> > > In this code:
> > > 
> > > if set(a).union(b) == set(a): pass
> > > 
> > > Does Python compute set(a) twice?
> > 
> >     CPython does.  Shed Skin might optimize.  Don't know
> > about Iron Python.
> 
> I doubt any actual Python implementation optimizes this -- how could it? 

And why should it if a programmer uses its facilities inefficiently. I
would write

>>> if set(a).issuperset (b): pass

Frederic






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