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strange result when finding the index of a boolean list

asked 2022-03-02 16:13:06 +0200

Cyrille gravatar image

updated 2022-03-02 16:59:26 +0200

John Palmieri suggest to use v.startswith('$a_') in answer to my former question How to construct a condition on the family name of a variable without notice to its index.

Here is a little program

OB=[v.startswith('$a_') for v in RR]
SS=[OB.index(v) for v in OB if v==True]

which give the answer [3,3] when in my eyes the answer should be [3,5]. I know this is the standard process to gives the first occurence of the string. But why there is not a defined function which gives all the indexes ?

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answered 2022-03-02 17:08:36 +0200

As you note, that's how indexworks: it returns the index of the first element that matches. There are ways of finding all occurrences of an element in a list: see for example That leads to

[i for i, v in enumerate(OB) if v==True]

or slightly more briefly

[i for i, v in enumerate(OB) if v]

or skipping OB

[i for i, v in enumerate(RR) if v.startswith('$a_')]

(enumerate is documented here.)

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