From: Erik Max Francis on 13 Feb 2006 23:52 Roy Smith wrote: > Peter Maas wrote: >>Latin n-tuple >>--------------------------- >>... ... >>triplex triple >>duplex duple >>simplex simple > > Would a 9-tuple be a nipple? We don't talk about that anymore since the Incident. -- Erik Max Francis && max(a)alcyone.com && http://www.alcyone.com/max/ San Jose, CA, USA && 37 20 N 121 53 W && AIM erikmaxfrancis Society attacks early when the individual is helpless. -- B.F. Skinner From: Erik Max Francis on 13 Feb 2006 23:57 Roy Smith wrote: > A more interesting question is what do you call ()? A none-tuple? Yeah, that's at the point where it _really_ departs from anything remotely mathematical. Don't think I've ever heard the occasion to talk about 0-tuples in any context, though, so I don't think it's something we need to worry about. I'm sure you'd just call them "empty tuples" or "0-tuples" and move on :-). -- Erik Max Francis && max(a)alcyone.com && http://www.alcyone.com/max/ San Jose, CA, USA && 37 20 N 121 53 W && AIM erikmaxfrancis Society attacks early when the individual is helpless. -- B.F. Skinner From: Tim Hochberg on 14 Feb 2006 00:26 Erik Max Francis wrote:> Roy Smith wrote: > > >>A more interesting question is what do you call ()? A none-tuple? > > > Yeah, that's at the point where it _really_ departs from anything > remotely mathematical. Don't think I've ever heard the occasion to talk > about 0-tuples in any context, though, so I don't think it's something > we need to worry about. I'm sure you'd just call them "empty tuples" or > "0-tuples" and move on :-). > There's only one tuple of length zero, so I just call it "Spot". >>> a = () >>> b = () >>> a is b True From: Terry Hancock on 14 Feb 2006 03:15 On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 18:27:40 -0800 Erik Max Francis wrote:> Terry Hancock wrote: > > The only tuple I pronounce with the "-uh-" is "couple", > > and I usually call that a "two-tuple" when dealing with > > Python. > > I prefer the name _pair_ :-). Yeah, that works too. > > So what's a 1-element tuple, anyway? A "mople"? > > "monople"? It does seem like this lopsided pythonic > > creature (1,) ought to have a name to reflect its ugly, > > newbie-unfriendly nature. > > In mathematics there's really no such entity ... Yeah, well that's we have no name for it. And yet, there it is. > Of course that's still a completely valid construct in > Python so the question stands. If a 4-tuple is a > quadruple, a 3-tuple is a triple, a 2-tuple is an pair, > then I guess a 1-tuple would be a single. Granted that's > not nearly as gruesome enough a name to go with the > special lopsided Pythonic creature mentioned above. I > suggest we name it a hurgledink. Best suggestion I've heard yet! ;-) Thanks all -- I really laughed reading this thread, I really didn't expect my stupid question to get such an enthusiastic response. :-D -- Terry Hancock (hancock(a)AnansiSpaceworks.com) Anansi Spaceworks http://www.AnansiSpaceworks.com From: Martin P. Hellwig on 14 Feb 2006 03:04 Roy Smith wrote:> Erik Max Francis wrote: >> (A 2-tuple is an "ordered pair" in mathematics.) If a 2-tuple is a >> pair, then it would seem to follow that a 1-tuple is a single. > > Yeah, but an *ordered* single :-) > > A more interesting question is what do you call ()? A none-tuple? empty? -- mph First  |  Prev  |  Next  |  Last