CoconutBandit CoconutBandit - 5 months ago 24
Python Question

Type of variable changes based on access?

I have a directed graph structure consisting of nodes and edges both of which subclass an Event parent class. Depending on external events, edges can either be active or inactive. I then find all the directed paths from a given node to the root node, but I really only care about the nodes along the way, not the edges. For instance, to convert from a set of edges to a set of nodes I use:

>>> paths
[[<Edge F>, <Edge B>]]
>>> lst = [set(map(lambda e: e.tail, path)) for path in paths]

where path is a list of edges. This is what confuses me: when I go to check the contents of
, it changes depending on how I access it

>>> lst
[set([<Node 2>, <Node 1>])]
>>> [type(n) for n in path for path in lst]
[<class ''>, <class ''>]
>>> [type(n) for n in lst[0]]
[<class ''>, <class ''>]

Why aren't these two ways of accessing the type information the same?


You have your list comprehension order wrong. Nested loops are listed from left to right.

So the expression

[type(n) for n in path for path in lst]

is executed as

for n in path:
    for path in lst:

so n is taken from some random pre-assigned path variable you had before, and it is that variable that contains Edge instances. Those objects have nothing to do with the contents of lst[0] you loop over in your other expression.

You probably wanted to do this the other way around:

[type(n) for path in lst for n in path]

so that path is actually set from lst before you iterate over it.