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lee
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}

if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno, ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary? thanks you.
Sep 1 '08 #1
14 3809
lookfor = 'dfsdf'
for item, value in kev.items():
if lookfor in value:
print item
print value.index(loo kfor)
break # assuming you only want one result
You can also skip the 'if' verification in which case you need to catch
ValueError exception in case there is no such entry in the current list.

Hope it helps.

lee wrote:
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}

if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno, ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary? thanks you.
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Sep 1 '08 #2
lee
On Sep 1, 1:21 pm, Alexandru Palade
<alexandru.pal. ..@sellerengine .comwrote:
lookfor = 'dfsdf'
for item, value in kev.items():
if lookfor in value:
print item
print value.index(loo kfor)
break # assuming you only want one result

You can also skip the 'if' verification in which case you need to catch
ValueError exception in case there is no such entry in the current list.

Hope it helps.

lee wrote:
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}
if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno, ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary? thanks you.
--
http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list
hi, thank u your solution is exactly wat i wanted :)
Sep 1 '08 #3
lee a écrit :
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}

if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno,
ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary?
It's quite simple (hint : read the FineManual(tm) for dict.items() and
list.index()), but 1/totally inefficient and 2/not garanteed to yield a
single value (what if 'dfsdf' happens to be also the 4th item of the
list bound to key 'address' ?).

May I suggest you rethink your data structure instead ? What you have
here is obviously a collection of 'phno/email/name/address'records .
These records shouldn't be split across different objects. Assuming
'phno' is a unique identifier for each record, a better data structure
would be:

records = {
'dgsd' : {'email': 'dg', 'name' : 'ds', 'address' : 'sdg'},
'gsdg' : {'email': 'sgsd', 'name':'ds', 'address' : 'dsgsdg'},
# etc
}

This way, the lookup is as simple and efficient as possible.
My 2 cents....
Sep 1 '08 #4
lee
On Sep 1, 1:45 pm, Bruno Desthuilliers <bruno.
42.desthuilli.. .@websiteburo.i nvalidwrote:
lee a écrit :
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}
if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno,
ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary?

It's quite simple (hint : read the FineManual(tm) for dict.items() and
list.index()), but 1/totally inefficient and 2/not garanteed to yield a
single value (what if 'dfsdf' happens to be also the 4th item of the
list bound to key 'address' ?).

May I suggest you rethink your data structure instead ? What you have
here is obviously a collection of 'phno/email/name/address'records .
These records shouldn't be split across different objects. Assuming
'phno' is a unique identifier for each record, a better data structure
would be:

records = {
'dgsd' : {'email': 'dg', 'name' : 'ds', 'address' : 'sdg'},
'gsdg' : {'email': 'sgsd', 'name':'ds', 'address' : 'dsgsdg'},
# etc

}

This way, the lookup is as simple and efficient as possible.

My 2 cents....
hi,
i agree with u, my data strusture is not efficient. but all the
records,viz...n ame,phno, email,address are all generated at runtime ,
when the user enters them. so how can i design my datastructure in
that case?
Sep 1 '08 #5
lee
On Sep 1, 1:45 pm, Bruno Desthuilliers <bruno.
42.desthuilli.. .@websiteburo.i nvalidwrote:
lee a écrit :
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}
if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno,
ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary?

It's quite simple (hint : read the FineManual(tm) for dict.items() and
list.index()), but 1/totally inefficient and 2/not garanteed to yield a
single value (what if 'dfsdf' happens to be also the 4th item of the
list bound to key 'address' ?).

May I suggest you rethink your data structure instead ? What you have
here is obviously a collection of 'phno/email/name/address'records .
These records shouldn't be split across different objects. Assuming
'phno' is a unique identifier for each record, a better data structure
would be:

records = {
'dgsd' : {'email': 'dg', 'name' : 'ds', 'address' : 'sdg'},
'gsdg' : {'email': 'sgsd', 'name':'ds', 'address' : 'dsgsdg'},
# etc

}

This way, the lookup is as simple and efficient as possible.

My 2 cents....
hi,
i agree with u, my data strusture is not efficient. but all the
records,viz...n ame,phno, email,address are all generated at runtime ,
when the user enters them. so how can i design my datastructure in
that case?
Sep 1 '08 #6
lee
On Sep 1, 1:45 pm, Bruno Desthuilliers <bruno.
42.desthuilli.. .@websiteburo.i nvalidwrote:
lee a écrit :
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}
if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno,
ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary?

It's quite simple (hint : read the FineManual(tm) for dict.items() and
list.index()), but 1/totally inefficient and 2/not garanteed to yield a
single value (what if 'dfsdf' happens to be also the 4th item of the
list bound to key 'address' ?).

May I suggest you rethink your data structure instead ? What you have
here is obviously a collection of 'phno/email/name/address'records .
These records shouldn't be split across different objects. Assuming
'phno' is a unique identifier for each record, a better data structure
would be:

records = {
'dgsd' : {'email': 'dg', 'name' : 'ds', 'address' : 'sdg'},
'gsdg' : {'email': 'sgsd', 'name':'ds', 'address' : 'dsgsdg'},
# etc

}

This way, the lookup is as simple and efficient as possible.

My 2 cents....
hi,
i agree with u, my data strusture is not efficient. but all the
records,viz...n ame,phno, email,address are all generated at runtime ,
when the user enters them. so how can i design my datastructure in
that case?
Sep 1 '08 #7
lee
On Sep 1, 1:45 pm, Bruno Desthuilliers <bruno.
42.desthuilli.. .@websiteburo.i nvalidwrote:
lee a écrit :
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}
if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno,
ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary?

It's quite simple (hint : read the FineManual(tm) for dict.items() and
list.index()), but 1/totally inefficient and 2/not garanteed to yield a
single value (what if 'dfsdf' happens to be also the 4th item of the
list bound to key 'address' ?).

May I suggest you rethink your data structure instead ? What you have
here is obviously a collection of 'phno/email/name/address'records .
These records shouldn't be split across different objects. Assuming
'phno' is a unique identifier for each record, a better data structure
would be:

records = {
'dgsd' : {'email': 'dg', 'name' : 'ds', 'address' : 'sdg'},
'gsdg' : {'email': 'sgsd', 'name':'ds', 'address' : 'dsgsdg'},
# etc

}

This way, the lookup is as simple and efficient as possible.

My 2 cents....
hi,
i agree with u, my data strusture is not efficient. but all the
records,viz...n ame,phno, email,address are all generated at runtime ,
when the user enters them. so how can i design my datastructure in
that case?
Sep 1 '08 #8
lee a écrit :
>
hi, thank u your solution is exactly wat i wanted :)
I'm afraid it's not what you actually *need*, cf my other post.
Sep 1 '08 #9
lee wrote:
On Sep 1, 1:45 pm, Bruno Desthuilliers <bruno.
42.desthuilli.. .@websiteburo.i nvalidwrote:
>lee a écrit :
hi,
i have a dictionary as follows :
kev : {'phno': ['dgsd', 'gsdg', 'dfsdf', 'g'], 'email': ['dg',
'sgsd', 'sdfsdf', 'gdf'], 'name': ['ds', 'dsg', 'dsfds', 'fgdf'],
'address': ['sdg', 'dsgsdg', 'sdf', 'dfg']}
if user is enters the 3rd item of key phno,
ie "dfsdf" in my dict,
how can i find it is the third item in the internal list of phno of
that dictionary?

It's quite simple (hint : read the FineManual(tm) for dict.items() and
list.index() ), but 1/totally inefficient and 2/not garanteed to yield a
single value (what if 'dfsdf' happens to be also the 4th item of the
list bound to key 'address' ?).

May I suggest you rethink your data structure instead ? What you have
here is obviously a collection of 'phno/email/name/address'records .
These records shouldn't be split across different objects. Assuming
'phno' is a unique identifier for each record, a better data structure
would be:

records = {
'dgsd' : {'email': 'dg', 'name' : 'ds', 'address' : 'sdg'},
'gsdg' : {'email': 'sgsd', 'name':'ds', 'address' : 'dsgsdg'},
# etc

}

This way, the lookup is as simple and efficient as possible.

My 2 cents....

hi,
i agree with u, my data strusture is not efficient. but all the
records,viz...n ame,phno, email,address are all generated at runtime ,
when the user enters them. so how can i design my datastructure in
that case?
Are "u" short on keystrokes? You are not textmessaging here...

Regarding the actual question: there is no difference in building your or
the other structure. It's only a question of which key you use first.
Instead of first looking up the type of the record ("phno" or some such),
do that with the name of the user. If no record exists, create one. Then
populate the record with the user's values. Like this:

user = "dsdf"
phonenumber = "123"

record = records.setdefa ult(user, {})
record["phno"] = phonenumber

Diez
Sep 1 '08 #10

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