Bill Allen wallenpb at gmail.com
Thu Aug 12 01:41:58 CEST 2010

```On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM, bob gailer <bgailer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/10/2010 10:42 AM, Bill Allen wrote:
>>
>> Bob,
>>
>> I was really off on that algorithm and had way over complicated it.
>> I have it working correctly now, but for the sake of those who saw my
>> earlier really botched code, here is the resultant code that works.
>> The entire inner loop and intermediate variables are removed, but
>> shown commented out.  I had somehow thought I needed to read each
>> member of each subarray in individually.  That was not the case and
>> that inner loop was overwriting the array.
>>
>> # reads one line at a time from file and puts data into array
>>     for line in textf:
>>         #tempwords = line.split(None)
>>         #for n in range(0, len(room)-1):
>>         #    roomx[n] = tempwords[n]
>>         #room[m] = roomx
>>         room[m] = line.split(None)
>>         m += 1
>>
>>
>
> Great. Good work. Teach a man to fish?
>
> Now for the refinements. First you can use enumerate to obtain the room
> index:
>
>    for m, line in enumerate(textf):
>        room[m] = line.split(None)
>
>
>
>    rooms = []
>    for line in textf:
>        rooms.append(line.split(None))
>
> Third you can use list comprehension:
>
>    rooms = [line.split(None) for line in textf]
>
>
> --
> Bob Gailer
> 919-636-4239
> Chapel Hill NC
>
>

Bob,

Great pointer!

I had not gotten back on the email until just now.  I figured out the
second method today on my own.  That third method is fascinating.  I
have not heard of "list comprehension" before.  That must be unique
Python lingo.  What is the principle behind that?

Thanks for the help.

Bill
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