[newbie] troubles with tuples

Jean Dupont jeandupont314 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 3 20:18:21 CET 2014

```Op maandag 3 februari 2014 18:06:46 UTC+1 schreef Rustom Mody:
> On Monday, February 3, 2014 10:20:31 PM UTC+5:30, Jean Dupont wrote:
> > I'm looking at the way to address tuples
> > e.g.
> > tup2 = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 );
> > As I found out indices start with 0 in Python, so
> > tup2[0] gives me 1, the first element in the tuple as expected
> > tup2[1] gives me 2, the second element in the tuple as expected
> > now here comes what surprises me:
> > tup2[0:1] does not give me the expected (1,2) but (2,)
>
> Python 2.7.6 (default, Jan 11 2014, 17:06:02)
> [GCC 4.8.2] on linux2
> >>> tup2=(1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
> >>> tup2[0:1]
> (1,)
> >>>
> So assuming you meant (1,) and wrote (2,) :-)
> > what is the reason for this and how then should one get the first and the second element of a tuple? Or the 3rd until the 5th?
> Generally ranges in python are lower-inclusive upper-exclusive
> What some math texts write as [lo, hi)
> So if you want from index 1 to 2-inclusive it is 1 to 3 exclusive
> tup2[0:2]
>
> See for motivations
> http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/transcriptions/EWD08xx/EWD831.html
> And one more surprising thing to note is that negatives count from the end
Thank you (and the others) for making this "logical"

kind regards,
jean

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