Python Python Basics Types and Branching Comparing values

Routine Poutine
Routine Poutine
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How is "python" > "chocolate" alphabetically? I am thinking "p" comes after "c," so I do not understand this.

How does alphabetical order put python before chocolate? I forgot this part of the material.

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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You're right, "p" comes after "c", and that's why "python" > "chocolate".

Think about how it would be with numbers — 8 comes after 3, so 8 > 3.

Make sense now?

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
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To see it in code:

>>> ord('p')
112
>>> ord('c')
99
>>> ord('p') > ord('c')
True
Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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or just ... and:

>>> 'p' > 'c'                                                                                                               
True                                                                                                                        
>>> 'python' > 'chocolate'                                                                                                  
True                                                                                                                        
>>> 8 > 3                                                                                                                   
True  
Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
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Also, true. The point of the ord() is to show how python determines the actual ordering. Python uses the ord() values underneath under the hood.

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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Good illustration .. I guess I should have said "and" instead of "or".

Routine Poutine
Routine Poutine
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Thanks so much. I completely overlooked that logic.

Routine Poutine
Routine Poutine
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If ord("a") is 97, what comes before the alphabet? Is 96 a symbol?

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
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It appears to be grave accent

>>> ord('a')
97
>>> chr(97)
a
>>> chr(96)
‘`’
>>>