# [Tutor] Is there an easily or shorter way?

Ken G. beachkidken at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 01:55:17 CET 2014

```On 12/15/2014 05:59 PM, Dave Angel wrote:
> On 12/15/2014 04:25 PM, Ken G. wrote:
>> I am sure there is a better way to refine the following lines.
>>
>> Letting x equal a number from 1 to 28, go through 28 separate 'if'
>> statements to print a resulting value that equaled the value of x.
>>
>> For example:
>>
>> x = 8
>>
>> if x = 1, print 'one'
>> if x = 2, print 'two'
>> ...
>> ...
>> if x = 8, print 'eight'
>> ...
>> ...
>> if x = 28, print 'twenty eight'
>>
>> Would a single line using list or dictionary be shorter?
>>
>
> If this is an assignment, and you quoted it correctly, then you're
> required to go through 28 if statements.  On the other hand, if that
> paragraph is just a description of the way you solved it, then yes, it
> can be improved.  Just making all but the first if statement an elif
> will make it faster, because once it finds a value, it won't continue
> checking the remaining ones.
>
> Still faster would be testing first for fourteen, and making a tree
> out of the if statements, using > and < comparisons instead of only ==
> comparisons.  Worst case would be about 5 tests.  This would not be
> more compact, just quicker to execute.
>
> Faster yet, and somewhat more compact would be to make a tuple or list
> of 29 items (0 through 28), and just index into it.
>
> Slower, but more compact, would be to write the kind of library that
> Danny pointed you to, or the code that Ken/Bod alluded to.
>
> But the real question is what's your goal.   Your original code isn't
> legal Python, so you're presumably in a learning mode.  If so, you
> want to keep it simple, not use 3rd party libraries for something you
> could do yourself.  And when you're given an assignment, you should do
> it exactly the way they want it, and only after that's correct (and
> running), do it also in other ways.  Those other ways could be to
> improve performance, reduce size, make it more readable (or less, to
> enter it in obfuscation contests), to make it independent of any
> loaded libraries, to look like some sample in another language, ...
>
>
> My second suggestion, untested:
> if x < 14:
>     if x < 7:
>          if x < 3:
>              if x == 1:
>                    print ("one")
>              else:
>                    print ("two")
>          elif x < 5:
>              if x == 3:
>                    print ("three")
>              else:
>                    print ("four")
> ....
>
>
>
Oh, it is not an assignment, Dave. It is an actual program I am using
for my benefit. I had to figure out on a fly, what is the name of a piece
of property that each number represent. I had to reckon something out
within a limited amount of time I had. Giving the response given here
so far, I could go with a list, dictionary or tuple.

Thanks for your input.

Ken

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