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Ok im back! im on ps3 and have completed part a ( http://dpaste.com/546011/ ) however,Im stuck on part b. I know this is incorrect but here's what i came up with: http://dpaste.com/546014/ help please....

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  1. anonymous
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    double-oh. i used a list instead of a tuple. this may be cheating but from my understanding, you can't add into a tuple -- they are immutable. so, any command within your loop asking the program to add an index value into a tuple doesn't work. or so i understand. if someone out there knows i am wrong about this, please correct me. here is a copy of my program for that part of problem set 3 if this helps you to see how idid this: http://dpaste.com/546072/

  2. anonymous
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    thanks, but the problem clearly states to return a tuple so I need a tuple

  3. anonymous
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    found out how to fix your problem. create the list then mutate it into a tuple and return the tuple value. thanks for the help

  4. vaboro
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    alicebaker77: you don't have a 'return' statement in your script, and so your function will return 'None', I suppose...

  5. vaboro
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    double_o_seven & alicebaker77: I suppose there is no other way but to convert a list to a tuple before the function returns...

  6. vaboro
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    I tried to implement recursion in solution ps3b.py as well: http://pastebin.com/MT80xS3h; however, I couldn't find how not to pass 'positions' and 'index' as parameters. In other words, in oder to implement recursion in ps3b.py I passed a list of positions of the key and starting search index as parameters of the function. Strange things happened when I tested my recursive functional implementation. I can assign default valued to parameters 'positions' and 'index': def subStringMatchExactRecursive(target, key, positions=[], index=0): Now, I can supposedly call the function without explicitly passing arguments for parameters 'positions' and 'index': subStringMatchExactRecursive(target, key) But if I do this twice in a row: subStringMatchExactRecursive(target, key) subStringMatchExactRecursive(target, key) I will have the correct result first time, but second time the correct result will be appended to the first correct result. If I call the recursive function three times, I will have the correct result the first time, second time I will have two appended correct results in a tuple and third time I will have three correct appended results in a tuple. This seems to be the way Python works. Can somebody explain to me what is really happening during function execution?

  7. vaboro
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    double_o_seven & alicebaker77: I found the way to "append" a tuple :-) a = (1,2) b = (3,4) c = a + b Now c = (1,2,3,4)

  8. vaboro
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    For ps3a and ps3b if key == "" what do you think the function should return: an empty string or an index of the target, i.e. a tuple like this: (0,1,2,3,4,...,n) where n is len(target)-1???

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