From: targetsmart on 25 Jul 2010 11:03 Hi, I am trying to compare two nested dictionaries, I want to know what is the exact difference between them. I tried this solution .... s1 = set(result1) s2 = set(result2) print s1  s2 but it doesn't seem show any difference, but assert result1 == result2 fails could someone help me to find out the difference the two nested dictionaries. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Vivek.
From: Steven D'Aprano on 25 Jul 2010 12:21 On Sun, 25 Jul 2010 08:03:06 0700, targetsmart wrote: > Hi, > I am trying to compare two nested dictionaries, I want to know what is > the exact difference between them. I tried this solution > > ... > s1 = set(result1) > s2 = set(result2) > print s1  s2 > > but it doesn't seem show any difference, but > > assert result1 == result2 > fails > > could someone help me to find out the difference the two nested > dictionaries. Have you tried printing them and just looking for the differences? Calling set() on a dictionary will create a set from the keys only: >>> d1 = {"a": 1, "b": 2} >>> d2 = {"a": 1, "b": 999} >>> set(d1) == set(d2) True >>> d1 == d2 False If you want to know the difference between two dictionaries, you have to consider: (1) Keys that are in the first dict, but not the second; (2) Keys that are in the second dict, but not the first; and (3) Keys which are in both dicts, but have different values.  Steven
From: News123 on 25 Jul 2010 12:30 Hi, On 07/25/2010 06:21 PM, Steven D'Aprano wrote: > On Sun, 25 Jul 2010 08:03:06 0700, targetsmart wrote: > >> Hi, >> I am trying to compare two nested dictionaries, I want to know what is >> the exact difference between them. I tried this solution >> >> ... >> s1 = set(result1) >> s2 = set(result2) >> print s1  s2 >> I think you want to have the symmetric difference: try s1 ^ s2 >> but it doesn't seem show any difference, but >>
From: Raymond Hettinger on 25 Jul 2010 13:20 [targetsmart] > > I am trying to compare two nested dictionaries, I want to know what is > > the exact difference between them. I tried this solution [Steven D'Aprano] > If you want to know the difference between two dictionaries, you have to > consider: > > (1) Keys that are in the first dict, but not the second; > > (2) Keys that are in the second dict, but not the first; and > > (3) Keys which are in both dicts, but have different values. Steven, thanks for the excellent specification. Here's the code: s1 = set(d1) s2 = set(d2) first_not_second = s1  s2 second_not_first = s2  s1 difference_values = set(k for k in s1 & s2 if d1[k] != d2[k]) If the values are hashable, an alternate approach is: s1 = set(d1.items()) s2 = set(d2.items()) first_not_second = s1  s2 second_not_first = s2  s1 Raymond
From: John Nagle on 26 Jul 2010 13:08 On 7/25/2010 8:03 AM, targetsmart wrote: > Hi, > I am trying to compare two nested dictionaries, I want to know what is > the exact difference between them. d1 = {'a' : 1, 'b' : 2, 'c': 3 } d2 = {'a' : 1, 'b' : 3, 'd': 4 } diff = dict(set(d1.items())  set(d2.items())) print (diff) {'c': 3, 'b': 2} That's the true "difference", with all entries in d1 not identically in d2 listed. Is that what you wanted? John Nagle

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