# How find all childrens values of a nested dictionary, fast!

Peter Otten __peter__ at web.de
Thu Nov 4 18:26:03 CET 2010

```macm wrote:

> How find all childrens values of a nested dictionary, fast!
>
>>>> a = {'a' : {'b' :{'/' :[1,2,3,4], 'ba' :{'/' :[41,42,44]} ,'bc'
>>>> :{'/':[51,52,54], 'bcd' :{'/':[68,69,66]}}},'c' :{'/' :[5,6,7,8]}},
>>>> 'ab' : {'/' :[12,13,14,15]}, 'ac' :{'/' :[21,22,23]}} a['a']
> {'c': {'/': [5, 6, 7, 8]}, 'b': {'ba': {'/': [41, 42, 44]}, '/': [1,
> 2, 3, 4], 'bc': {'bcd': {'/': [68, 69, 66]}, '/': [51, 52, 54]}}}
>>>> a['a']['b']
> {'ba': {'/': [41, 42, 44]}, '/': [1, 2, 3, 4], 'bc': {'bcd': {'/':
> [68, 69, 66]}, '/': [51, 52, 54]}}
>>>> a['a']['b'].values()
> [{'/': [41, 42, 44]}, [1, 2, 3, 4], {'bcd': {'/': [68, 69, 66]}, '/':
> [51, 52, 54]}]
>
> Now I want find all values of key "/"
>
> Desire result is [41, 42, 44, 1, 2, 3, 4, 68, 69, 66, 51, 52, 54]
>
> I am trying map, reduce, lambda.

Hmm, I'm trying none of these and get a different result:

>>> def f(d):
...     stack = [d.iteritems()]
...     while stack:
...             for k, v in stack[-1]:
...                     if k == "/":
...                             yield v
...                     else:
...                             stack.append(v.iteritems())
...                             break
...             else:
...                     stack.pop()
...
>>> b = []
>>> for v in f(a):
...     b.extend(v)
...
>>> b
[5, 6, 7, 8, 41, 42, 44, 1, 2, 3, 4, 68, 69, 66, 51, 52, 54, 21, 22, 23, 12,
13, 14, 15]

What am I missing?

Peter

```