Python Tuple Comparison

  1. Python Tuple Inequality Comparison
  2. Python Tuple Equality Comparison

This tutorial will introduce how to compare tuples in Python.

Tuples are compared much like strings and lists. They compare element by element, starting with the first element of the two tuples. First, it checks if the two elements are of the same type. If so, they are then compared by value to identify which is greater, lesser, or equal, depending on the operator.

The comparison is what is called a lexicographical comparison.

Python Tuple Inequality Comparison

For example, determining which tuple is greater will look like this:

tuple_a = (2, 4, 6, 8)
tuple_b = (3, 4, 7, 9)

print ("A is greater than B:", tuple_a > tuple_b)

Output:

A is greater than B: False

The output is False because by comparing the first elements (2 > 3), the result will be false. Comparing the other remaining elements is neglected because there is a conclusive comparison from the first element.

Now, let’s see the other inequality operators’ results, lesser than < and not equal to !=, using the same example.

tuple_a = (2, 4, 6, 8)
tuple_b = (3, 4, 7, 9)

print ("A is lesser than B:", tuple_a < tuple_b)
print ("A is not equal to B:", tuple_a < tuple_b)

Output:

A is lesser than B: True
A is not equal to B: True

Both equate to True because the comparison of the first elements is already conclusive. 2 is lesser than 3, and they are not equal.

Python Tuple Equality Comparison

In comparing equalities, all elements would need to be compared to be True. The comparison will stop if there is an inequality.

tuple_a = ('a', 'b', 'c', 'd')
tuple_b = ('a', 'b', 'c', 'd')

print("A is equal to B:", tuple_a == tuple_b)

Output:

A is equal to B: True

Let’s try an example with different types. Declare tuples with a variety of strings, integers, and floats.

tuple_a = ('a', 7, 0.5, 'John')
tuple_b = ('a', 'c', 0.5, 'Jane')

print("A is equal to B:", tuple_a == tuple_b)

Output:

A is equal to B False

Instead of outputting an exception, the output will display a False value if two elements with different types are compared.

In this example, the first elements are equal, so the comparison moves on to the second elements, which are of integer and string types, respectively. The result will output to False because they are of different data types.

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