TypeError: unhashable type: 'dict' when attempting to hash list - advice sought

kbtyo ahlusar.ahluwalia at gmail.com
Sun Aug 30 04:05:14 CEST 2015


I am using Jupyter Notebook and Python 3.4. I have a data structure in the format, (type list):

[{'AccountNumber': N,
'Amount': '0',
 'Answer': '12:00:00 PM',
  'ID': None,
  'Type': 'WriteLetters',
  'Amount': '10',
  {'AccountNumber': Y,
      'Amount': '0',
      'Answer': ' 12:00:00 PM',       
       'ID': None,
      'Type': 'Transfer',
      'Amount': '2'}]

The end goal is to write this out to CSV.

For the above example the output would look like:

AccountNumber, Amount, Answer, ID, Type, Amount
N,0,12:00:00 PM,None,WriteLetters,10
Y,2,12:00:00 PM,None,Transfer,2

Below is the function that I am using to write out this data structure. Please excuse any indentation formatting issues. The data structure is returned through the function "construct_results(get_just_xml_data)". 

The data that is returned is in the format as above. "construct_headers(get_just_xml_data)" returns a list of headers. Writing out the row for "headers_list" works.

The list comprehension "data" is to maintain the integrity of the column headers and the values for each new instance of the data structure (where the keys in the dictionary are the headers and values - row instances). The keys in this specific data structure are meant to check if there is a value instance, and if there is not - place an ''.

def write_to_csv(results, headers):

    headers = construct_headers(get_just_xml_data)
    results = construct_results(get_just_xml_data)
    headers_list = list(headers)

    with open('real_csv_output.csv', 'wt') as f:
        writer = csv.writer(f)
        writer.writerow(headers_list)
        for row in results:
            data = [row.get(index, '') for index in results]
        writer.writerow(data)



However, when I run this, I receive this error:

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
TypeError                                 Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-747-7746797fc9a5> in <module>()
----> 1 write_to_csv(results, headers)

<ipython-input-746-c822437eeaf0> in write_to_csv(results, headers)
      9         writer.writerow(headers_list)
     10         for item in results:
---> 11             data = [item.get(index, '') for index in results]
     12         writer.writerow(data)

<ipython-input-746-c822437eeaf0> in <listcomp>(.0)
      9         writer.writerow(headers_list)
     10         for item in results:
---> 11             data = [item.get(index, '') for index in results]
     12         writer.writerow(data)

TypeError: unhashable type: 'dict'


I have done some research, namely, the following:

https://mail.python.org/pipermail//tutor/2011-November/086761.html

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/27435798/unhashable-type-dict-type-error

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1957396/why-dict-objects-are-unhashable-in-python

However, I am still perplexed by this error. Any feedback is welcomed. Thank you.


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