Title: dict_values should be comparable with a set
Type: Stage: resolved
Components: Library (Lib) Versions: Python 3.4, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: not a bug
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Assigned To: Nosy List: ThiefMaster, r.david.murray
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2015-01-28 10:59 by ThiefMaster, last changed 2015-01-28 14:42 by r.david.murray. This issue is now closed.

Messages (2)
msg234888 - (view) Author: ThiefMaster (ThiefMaster) Date: 2015-01-28 10:59
>>> d = {'1': '2'}
>>> {'1'} < d.keys()
>>> {'1'} < set(d.values())
>>> {'1'} < d.values()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: unorderable types: set() < dict_values()

Same for e.g. the `-` operator.

Since dict_keys acts like a real set I think dict_values should do so, too. At least if all the values are hashable.
msg234894 - (view) Author: R. David Murray (r.david.murray) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-01-28 14:42
values cannot be a set, since unlike keys it may contain unhashable objects.  It would be...really strange and contrary to Python's philosophy to have the validity of an operation depend on the specific data values in a structure rather than its type.  Python is a strongly typed language.
Date User Action Args
2015-01-28 14:42:56r.david.murraysetstatus: open -> closed

nosy: + r.david.murray
messages: + msg234894

resolution: not a bug
stage: resolved
2015-01-28 10:59:47ThiefMastercreate