[Tutor] Pythonic nested lists

col speed ajarncolin at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 08:26:43 CEST 2010

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Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:15:26 +0700
From: col speed <ajarncolin at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Tutor] Pythonic nested lists
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Hi all,
I've been trying to write a programme that solves sudoku problems for a
while now. I'm getting close, but would like to ask a few questions about
the most pythonic way of doing some things.
I've decided to create nested lists (row order, column order and square
order) which correspond with dictionary keys - the values of which are the
numbers given in the puzzle - so I can loop through the dict in different
I think the first two are OK, but the square order list seems extremely
messy and I would love some pointers. What I have is as follows:

roworder = [[str(j)+str(i) for i in range(9)] for j in range(9)]
colorder = zip(*roworder)
#here comes the problem!
start, index = 0,0
sqorder = []
for i in range(9):
   for j in range(start, start+3):
   if index == 6:
       index = 0
       index += 3
   if i == 2 or i == 5:
       start += 3

Any comments at all would be gratefully received.
Thanks in advance


HI again, I realise that I should have included more information in the
above e-mail. Here goes:

a/ I have a 9*9 nested list called "rows", which contains the given numbers
in a sudoku puzzle - with "0"s where the blanks go.

b/ I create roworder (roworder = [[str(j)+str(i) for i in range(9)] for j in
range(9)])         - [["00" --> "08"], ["10" --> "18"] --> ["80" --> "88"]]

c/ I populate a dictionary ("dic") with keys from "roworder" and values from

d/ I loop through the dict, changing any value"0" to be set(range(1, 10))- a
list of "possible numbers".

e/ Then I do:
for i in roworder:
    notPoss = set([dic[j] for j in i if type(dic[j]) == int])
    for k in j:
        if type(dic[k]) == set:

thus removing the numbers that exist in the row from the "possible numbers"

I need to do this for the columns and squares aswell, which is why I do:

colorder = zip(*roworder) - (create a nested list "column wise" rather than
"row wise")
and want to create a "square order" list - which is what the above mess

I hope this clarifies things.
Thanks again
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