Hello guys! I noticed that Guttag uses lists in many cases where - seemingly - tuples would work as well. When I write code I'm trying to avoid mutable data objects whenever it's possible but I was just wondering if there's any particular reason why lists may be preferable in general? (Maybe something about memory requirements? )
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lists in general are more easier to work and handle......you can easily refer to an element, pop out a element from list , add elements , overwrite elements(replace with new ones) etc.
certainly all these features are not available in tuples and lists have an advantage where we need to constantly modify the stored data be it add elements or refer to them.
as regarding memory requirements someone else may better answer it
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It seems like a tuple would be an array(n-tuple)? I've heard the term in discrete and calc and such.
From above it says tuples cannot modify the data within(stacks,queues,etc) but Arrays can... Arrays aren't a list I don't believe.
A list takes up more bytes than a tuple, and a tuple is immutable. That would seem to argue for using tuples unless you need to be able to append or assign values to elements. I find lists easier to work with.
not sure why prof. Guttag uses list over tuples but the following link gives some info about their differences and uses.
hope it helps
Lists vs Tuples is very much about what you need them for,
If you want a variable that you do not want to accidentally change use a tuple for constants,
(For style, constants variable names are written in uppercase i.e. EARTH_RADIUS = 6 378.1)
If you want to change / add to / remove from you need mutability, a list would be better.