2019-01-19Talks, PythonComments

On Monday I gave a talk at PyDiff on the subject of Python Counters. A Counter is a specialised dict which has much in common with a set. Of course all dicts are like sets, but with Counters the resemblance is even stronger. The documentation states:

The Counter class is similar to bags or multisets in other languages.

Alongside set operations of union, intersection and is-a-subset, Counter also supports addition and subtraction — natural and unsurprising operations for a container whose job is to keep count of its elements. If you want to unite the contents of two Counters, it’s probably + you want rather than |.

Counters came to mind as a lightning talk subject since I had a go at the Advent of Code last year and used no fewer than 12 Counters in my solutions to 25 puzzles — and that total could well increase since I haven’t finished yet.

The talk itself is on github.

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