Python [Post 07] | Tuple

A tuple is a collection which is ordered and unchangeable. It is similar to list, but a tuple is immutable unlike lists which are mutable.

It is created by placing items inside a parentheses (), separated by comma. Parentheses is optional.

# Creating Tuple

empty_tuple = ()
my_tup1 = 'N','S','E','W'
my_tup2 = ('North','South','East','West')

print(type(empty_tuple))
print(my_tup1)
print(my_tup2)

<class ‘tuple’>
(‘N’, ‘S’, ‘E’, ‘W’)
(‘North’, ‘South’, ‘East’, ‘West’)

Other way to create tuple by using the tuple() constructor. See below example.

my_tup3 = tuple((1,'South',5.5,('A','B','C'),[0,1,2]))

print(my_tup3)
print(type(my_tup3))

(1, ‘South’, 5.5, (‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’), [0, 1, 2])
<class ‘tuple’>

# Creating a tuple having single value

my_tup4 = (4)
print(type(my_tup4)) # But the result is showing int, i.e. this is not a tuple

<class ‘int’>

To create a tuple having single value, Just include comma at last.

my_tup4 = (4,)
print(type(my_tup4)) # Now its a tuple

<class ‘tuple’>

Some Built-in Python Functions

my_tup5 = 1,2.5,3,4

print(type(my_tup5)) # Type
print(len(my_tup5)) # len Function - Gives the total length of the tuple.
print(max(my_tup5)) # max Function - Returns element from the tuple with maximum value.
print(min(my_tup5)) # min Function - Returns element from the tuple with minimum value.

<class ‘tuple’>
4
4
1

### Accessing Tuple Values – Indexing & Slicing

Use the index operator [] to access an item in a tuple. We can use a : to perform slicing which extracts chunk of more than one element as per input. In slicing last index is not included.

sides = 'East','West','North','South'
# Fetch the first element of list sides

print(sides[0])

East

# Fetch the last element of list sides

print(sides[-1])

South

# fetch elements start from index 1st till last

print(sides[1:])

(‘West’, ‘North’, ‘South’)

# fetch elements upto 2nd index, but 2nd is not included

print(sides [:2])

(‘East’, ‘West’)

# fetch element from 1st index to 3rd index

print(sides [1:3])

(‘West’, ‘North’)

# fetching values in case of nested tuple

my_tup = tuple((1,'South',5.5,('A','B','C'),[0,1,2]))

print(my_tup[3][0])
print(my_tup[3][2])

A
C

### Updating Tuples

Python Tuple is immutable i.e. the elements inside a tuple cannot be changed!

sides = ('East','West','North','South')

# Let's try to change the elements of lists sides

sides[0]= 1

TypeError Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-14-b1dd30231e62> in <module>()
3 # Let’s try to change the elements of lists sides
4
—-> 5 sides[0]= 1
TypeError: ‘tuple’ object does not support item assignment

### Deleting Tuples

Individual element in tuple cannot be removed. Entire tuple can be removed by using del statement.

# Removing tuple completely

del sides
sides # This will raise exception, as sides tuple removed

NameError Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-16-7623a01b7793> in <module>()
—-> 1 sides # This will raise exception, as sides tuple removed
NameError: name ‘sides’ is not defined

### Concatenation & Repetition of Tuples

sides = ('East','West','North','South')
modesides = ('North-East','North-East','South-East','South-West')

print(sides)
print(modesides)

(‘East’, ‘West’, ‘North’, ‘South’)
(‘North-East’, ‘North-East’, ‘South-East’, ‘South-West’)

# Concatenation

sides = sides + modesides
print(sides)

(‘East’, ‘West’, ‘North’, ‘South’, ‘North-East’, ‘North-East’, ‘South-East’, ‘South-West’)

# Repetition

sides = sides * 2
print(sides)

(‘East’, ‘West’, ‘North’, ‘South’, ‘North-East’, ‘North-East’, ‘South-East’, ‘South-West’, ‘East’, ‘West’, ‘North’, ‘South’, ‘North-East’, ‘North-East’, ‘South-East’, ‘South-West’)

### Tuple Method

Python includes following tuple methods.

Index() :

Returns the index of the first matched item.

sides = 'EAST','West','North','East','South','East'

print(sides.index('East'))
print(sides.index('West'))

3
1

Count():

Returns the count of number of items passed as an argument.

print(sides.count('East'))

2


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