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Author rhettinger
Recipients ethan.furman, gvanrossum, josh.r, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka, steven.daprano, terry.reedy, veky, xtreak
Date 2020-11-09.20:04:23
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> I assume you've been recommending this?

Not really, but it does come up and I've seen it in customer code more than once.

I do show people this:

    >>> data = [10.5, 3.27, float('Nan'), 56.1]
    >>> list(filter(isfinite, data))
    [10.5, 3.27, 56.1]
    >>> list(filterfalse(isnan, data))
    [10.5, 3.27, 56.1]

The question does arise about how to do this for None using functional programming.  The answer is a bit awkward:

    >>> from operator import is_not
    >>> from functools import partial
    >>> data = [10.5, 3.27, None, 56.1]
    >>> list(filter(partial(is_not, None), data))
    [10.5, 3.27, 56.1]

From a teaching point of view, the important part is to show that this code does not do what people typically expect:

    >>> data = [10.5, 0.0, float('NaN'), 3.27, None, 56.1]
    >>> list(filter(None, data))
    [10.5, nan, 3.27, 56.1]

FWIW, this issue isn't important to me.  Just wanted to note that one of the idioms no longer works.  There are of course other ways to do it.
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