free and nonlocal variables
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Thu Mar 21 12:00:16 CET 2013
On Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:52:17 -0700, bartolome.sintes wrote:
> In Python 3, "free variable" and "nonlocal variable" are synonym terms?
> Or is there a difference, like "a free variable is a variable that is
> not a local variable, then nonlocal variables and global variables are
> both free variables"?
"Free variable" is a formal term from computer science. As far as I know,
Python uses it in exactly the same way.
A free variable is a variable in an expression or function that is not
local (which includes function parameters) to that expression. So both
global and non-local variables are free variables.
y = x**2 - 1
return x + y + z
In inner(), both x and z are free variables, but y is not, since it is
local to the inner() function.
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