Dictionary with additional attributes

Santoso Wijaya santoso.wijaya at gmail.com
Tue Feb 22 17:19:36 EST 2011

Instead of inheriting a dict, why not composing a dict into your "model"
class, like:

    class Model(object):
        def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
            self._probabilities = defaultdict(lambda: defaultdict(float))

        def features(self):
            # insert your favorite algorithm to retrieve the set of all


On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM, goodman <goodman.m.w at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, my question is this: Is it a bad idea to create a wrapper class
> for a dictionary so I can add attributes? E.g.:
> class DictWithAttrs(dict):
>    pass
> More information:
> I'm using a nested defaultdict to store a machine-learning model,
> where the first key is a class, the second key is a feature, and the
> value is a probability for the pair. For example:
> model = defaultdict(lambda: defaultdict(float))
> This works quite well, but now I would like to keep track of the set
> of all features within the model. While I can get the set of classes
> by model.keys(), for the features I would have to do something like
> set(feat for cls in model for feat in model[cls]). Rather than do
> something like:
> model['__features__'] = set(feat for cls in model for feat in
> model[cls])
> It seems less hackish to put it in an attribute, since that wouldn't
> potentially collide with an actual key in the model:
> model.features = set(feat for cls in model for feat in model[cls])
> Note that I'm not asking to access dictionary key/values by means of
> attributes, but have additional attributes. I'm looking for best, or
> common, practice for this sort of thing.
> Thanks!
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