Python is a dynamic, high-level language. Its design focuses on clear syntax, an intuitive approach to object-oriented programming, and making the right way to do things obvious. Python supports modules, exceptions, had an extensive standard module library. Python can also be embedded in other ...

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How to write a suitable recurrence relation for a python function?

I have an exercise in which I am require to build a recursive function that takes a natural number and returns "True" if it is divisible by 3, or "False" otherwise, using the 3-divisibility rule. Then ...
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Translation algorithm - combinations to indices

I have a deck of 52 poker cards represented as array of int - [0, 1, ... 51]. There are 2.598.960 possible combinations of 5 cards. I can generate all combinations like this: #id #combination ...
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Making API calls with celery

I'm designing a system for a client where the requirements are: they upload a JSON file (one object/line) make a call to an API with the JSON object as the payload record the state (success/failure) ...
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Why python function programming functions are not collection methods? [duplicate]

In other words, is there a Python design related reason for it to be so? Functions like map, filter, reduce etc. are just plain functions. Is it just a poor design choice (if it is a good one, ...
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Setting up folders and importing modules in Python

I'm building an app to automate some processes that are annoying to do by hand (looking in a file, taking certain information out of a file, building another file with that information). My project ...
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Python 3 PyPy implementation? [closed]

I would like to use the PyPy Python JIT Implementation using Python 3. However I can only seem to install it using Python 2. Is there even an experimental implementation of PyPy for Python 3 I can try ...
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Draw a Call Graph

I'm maintaining an old code base written in python. In particular there is a complex piece of code that from a module calls other functions from other modules that call other functions and so on. It ...
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When should one create a new py-function rather than tweaking another one?

Me and a co-developer are arguing when it's wise to cast a new function rather than tweaking another one. By tweaking I mean an option or a hidden check in an existing function. The question could be ...
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Django urls.py runs only once. Why? How does it call views on next request?

While testing django cashing on our development server, one of our senior asked if is it possible to change the value of caching timeout on urls.py without restarting the http service. On first note, ...
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Python beginner question with Assigning Variables

Coming from C# and now getting my hands dirty with Python. From what I understand, Python is strongly typed: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11328920/is-python-strongly-typed As stated in the ...
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Matching groups of similar lines on a generic matching algorithm

I have to write a program to search through a file containing lines and find lines that match to a degree of tolerance but are not necessarily the same. So for example the following lines would match: ...
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Calculating uncompressed file size without uncompressing file in zlib

I am writing a python program which parses zip (currently only zlib, using DEFLATE compression) files and verifies the correctness of their headers and data. One of the things I'm trying to achieve is ...
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Check distance between all elements in a list of numbers in O(n*lg(n))

I have an exercise for my algorithms and data structures class, where I basically have to implement a divide and conquer algorithm or function called check_distance to determine whether all numbers in ...
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Structure project based on platform or design?

I have a medium sized project (~10,000 lines) that runs on Windows and Linux. However it is only specific components of the program that are platform dependent and are located in a folder called ...
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What is ## used for?

I have looked at other questions about this and the general consensus seems to be that ## is used for commenting out code. However, in the Interactive Editor for Python, prefixing a line with ## ...
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Program design - how to improve it and how to avoid coupling (Python)?

In the Python program structure below there are two modules with functions. Problem description: Functions are used inside other functions all over the place. Strong coupling (dependency). For ...
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Python, namespace vs module with underscores

I'm developing a project that uses several independent modules, but all related to the same project. However, I face this choice: module names with underscore vs. namespaces. For example there is ...
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Aggregate documentation comments from multiple scripts into README?

After having written some python scripts with comments for documentation inside, is it a good idea and possible to aggregate the documentation comments from multiple scripts into some standalone ...
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Preferred way to expand a command line script to be used as a library in Python

I have a useful Python script that I've been invoking from the command line. It has decent number of options, maybe 20, and it's not unusual to run the script with six or seven flags. Then the rest of ...
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Write two versions of class with two different super classes without violating DRY?

I have a class called LimitedDict which is a dictionary that limits the number of entries it can contain by deleting old entries when a new one is added. It currently inherits from Python's dict class....
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How to write tests for function that depends on a config file?

I have a function that uses information from a config file. How do I test the function? Ideally, I'd want to inject my own version of the config file and test from there, but I'm not using dependency ...
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Is it OK to use name like `CLASS_CONSTANT` for class constant variables according to PEPs? [python]

On the code I'm viewing, I saw a class like this: class User(ModelBase): """# User: docstring""" COMBAT_RANK_KEY_PREFIX = 'combat_rank' LEVEL_RANK_KEY_PREFIX = 'level_rank' ...
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Should I avoid using style like `for k, v in dict_sample.items()`?

Today I was viewing my colleague's code and I saw a function like this: def manager_skill_tree_func(*args, **kwargs): """# manage_skill_tree: Initialize the manage skill tree """ ...
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Method object creation in Python data model

I've been reading the article on the data model of Python on its Reference website, and have been confused about this part: When the attribute is a user-defined method object, a new method ...
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Efficient datastructure to create size-limited dictionary

I need a class that acts like a dictionary but will constrain the total number of key/value pairs it contains. For instance, let's say the maximum number of entries is 1000 and the class already ...
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Does the phrase “range for R1-1 through R10H” actually have an agreed-upon meaning? [closed]

I was recently sent a code test by a potential employer to complete on my own time. The first question has to do with identifying whether a given zoning code falls within a range of codes. I'm not ...
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Code structure with MongoDB in python

I am new to MongoDB and python. I know how to make basic use of pymongo in order to manipulate documents. I am having trouble finding how to create some structure or governance in what gets inside ...
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How do I find out what type of exception I am supposed to raise?

I suppose this question is valid for any programming language that can handle (or at least throw) an exception. However I will stick to Python as an example. The top 2 answers to the following ...
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How to Use Python as a “Macro” runner for a C# Application

I am working on an application that the user may wish to automate some features of (but we don't know what at the moment) I would like to provide them some kind of scripting interface so they can play ...
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Don't repeat yourself vs do only one thing in a method

I am currently writing some test cases in python. I often end up calling the same two or three lines of code at the start of a test case in order to get the program I am testing going. For example: ...
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closure property of datatype “tuple” in python

From this link, below is the slide that I would like to understand: The Closure Property of Data Types A method for combining data values satisfies the closure property if: The result of ...
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adding the digits of a number

I am trying to write a program that asks the user for a decimal number and then calculates the sum of its digits. for example if the number is 123.25 then the sum will be 1+2+3+2+5=13. I decided to ...
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When should I subclass an exception in Python?

In my code there are about seven places where I raise an exception. All of these exceptions are treated the same: print an error to log file, return software state to default and exit. During code ...
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Is it good Python style to write a function that has no effect other than potentially raise exceptions?

Sometimes I find myself writing Python code that looks like this: def check_stuff(param): if condition1(param): return "condition1" # These might be enum values, etc., instead of strings ...
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How to structure GUI program with a database

I am fairly experienced with web design and programming, C, C++ and a little java (used it to build some small GUI). I am trying to work with Python, and I am faced with some technical structuring ...
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Technique to synchronize error codes in a same-project-API

In the project I am working right now, we have some python and some C# code. At some point, I call from python a subprocess which starts a C# executable. This C# code returns an error code, which has ...
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How does the Zope Component Architecture (ZCA) relate to Service Component Architecture (SCA)?

I'm very new to the principle of Service Component Architecture and Zope in general, but the more I look, the more ZCA seems to be a good solution for a certain class of problems I often encounter. I ...
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Is it reasonable to use a decorator to instantiate a singleton in Python?

Suppose I have a class like this: class Foo(object): # some code here As it happens, Foo is a singleton. There are numerous ways to write singletons in Python, but most of them don't really ...
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Which part of the code should rewind a file pointer?

If you had a function that took a handler to a file and then performed some actions that moved the pointer, would you expect it to put the pointer back when it was finished? Additionally, would you ...
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Finding the largest bundle of flagged points

I am currently working to develop a program that takes in an array of 4 columns and around 200,000 rows. Each column represents x, y, z (coordinates), and a flag denoting whether or not this point is ...
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First stab at python classes… when do I need 'self'?

Could someone look over this and let me know if i've butchered anything. It's just a simple class definition in python, but I don't have any local devs to make sure I'm using the language right. ...
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Should I prefer Python generators to lists?

Python iterators can be very memory efficient. Should I always prefer to use generators instead of just lists? In what situations should I prefer a plain array? For example instead of this: emails = ...
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Can “higher order function” feature allow/maintain abstraction and encapsulation?

Below is the function repeat written using a functional paradigm, such that when called as repeat(square, 2)(5) it will apply the square function 2 times on the number 5, something like square(square(...
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Tree search for path finding - algorithm critiques

So, I'm pretty new to AI in general, and am trying to implement a tree-based search from a textfile input (a maze). An example would be: |||||||||||||||||||||| | || | | | \ | |||||| ...
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What is the relationship between scope and namespaces in Python?

In many resources I found "scope" and "namespaces" are used interchangeably, which seems a bit confusing since they mean different things. Scope defines the region of the code where a name is ...
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Structuring a multi-language project?

I'm working on a project which involves writing code for multiple devices, each in its own language (in particular, Arduino and Python). I want to contain the entire project in a single directory, but ...
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Is circular Dependency Injection a good practice?

I'm trying the Dependency Injection pattern in some new classes, more specifically in a Transaction System and stumbled into a dilemma. I have a Person class with a create_new_transaction method, and ...
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Execute python code without showing the code

I want to use exec to execute python code (using the byte code, instead of the raw text that python will interpret). It's all for a competition where you can see the code of the other competitors, I ...
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Python: Faster to use global variable or pass as arguments to a function? [duplicate]

Hey so i was wondering which is the more efficient way, or better practice to do in this situation. 1, def function(): global number number += 2 Or 2, def function(number): return ...
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Iterating a function with a static argument: Global functions + lambdas vs internal function?

I am never sure which of these is better form: Option A def a(x,y): def b(z): return z+y return map(b, x) print a([10,20], 5) Option B def b(z,y): return z+y def a(x,y): return map(...