Newbie question: Tuples and reading csv files

Gryff gareth.sims at
Mon Mar 29 17:31:46 CEST 2010


Its been 20 years since I programmed, so I'm stepping back in via
Python. However I'm beating my brains on tuples/lists (what I used to
know as arrays). I've fooled around with small code snippets and tried
a few things, but I can't figure out how to grab elements of
tuples ...

For example, I'm reading in a small csv file like this:

import csv

csvfile = open("example.csv")

#sniff the dialect
dialect = csv.Sniffer().sniff(

# get file in using reader method

reader = csv.reader(csvfile, dialect)

# grab the lines into a reader and pass to mylist

for row in reader:


# now print something out to prove this worked

print mylist[:3]

and the output I get is:

['Date', 'Open', 'High', 'Low', 'Close', 'Volume', 'Adj Close']
['2010-03-05', '224.20', '230.70', '223.80', '228.30', '5051500',
['2010-03-04', '223.00', '228.50', '220.50', '224.50', '4040500',

So far so good but not useful. My "mylist" has all the data in there,
but I can only figure out how to get each line out!?!
-> I want to get access to the individual items in each line. In my
bad old days I'd have used an array and grabbed "mylist
[row,item]" ...job done. Try as I like and after *lots* of reading
around, I can't figure out whether:

a) I'm missing something...really...simple
b) "You can't do that"  (and I should just use numpy and arrays?)
c) errrr....

Like I said, basic/newbie question from a programmer who spent 20
years away from it.



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