# [Tutor] equality check difference

Albert-Jan Roskam fomcl at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 19 23:31:39 CEST 2014

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> From: Vipul Sharma <vipul.sharma20 at gmail.com>
>To: tutor at python.org
>Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:48 PM
>Subject: [Tutor]  equality check difference
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>Hello,
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>Suppose we want some block of code to be executed when both 'a' and 'b' are equal to say 5. Then we can write like :
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>if a == 5 and b == 5:
>    # do something
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>But a few days ago, I just involuntarily wrote a similar condition check as :
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>if a == b and b == 5:
>    # do something
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>which made me think, is there any difference between the two ?
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>Is there any difference, any difference in the process of evaluation or execution ? and also which one is the better ?
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>I think this is a general programming question and not specifically for python.
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>P.S. : Newbie here :)

I used timeit and it does not seem to make a big difference. The dis module could help give insight what Python is doing behind the scenes (I am not so familiar with that module).

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IPython 0.13.1 -- An enhanced Interactive Python.

In [1]: a, b = 1, 2

In [2]: %timeit if a == 5 and b == 5: pass
1000000 loops, best of 3: 1.1 us per loop

In [3]: %timeit if a == b and b == 5: pass
1000000 loops, best of 3: 1.26 us per loop

In [4]: %timeit if a == b == 5: pass
100000 loops, best of 3: 1.97 us per loop
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