relative speed of incremention syntaxes (or "i=i+1" VS "i+=1")

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Mon Aug 22 03:16:58 CEST 2011

Chris Angelico wrote:

> 2011/8/22 Andreas Löscher <andreas.loescher at>:
>> But every improvement on your algorithm will easily result in a
>> significant shorter execution time than replaceing a+=1 with a=a+1 will
>> ever do. :-)
> Agreed. If Python needed a faster alternative to "a=a+1", then I would
> recommend an "" call or something; some way to avoid looking up
> the value of 1.

Keep in mind that ints in Python are objects, not memory locations, and can
be shared. If you are hoping for an in-place increment, I invite you to
consider the following code and try to predict what it would do:

a = 42
b = a


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