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Programmers often compare different values. Let's take a look at how to do it.
>>> 5 > 2 True >>> 5 > 8 False >>> 5 < 8 True
When you ask Python if one number is greater than the other, it will answer either
It works even with more complex expressions.
>>> 5 > 3 * 2 False
"Greater than" and "less than" are symbols known from mathematics. However, if you want to ask if two numbers are equal, you need to use a slightly different notation:
>>> 1 == 1 True
We use one equals sign
= for assignment of a value to a variable. When you want to check if things are equal to each other, always, always use two equals signs
The other comparison options are inequality (≠), greater than or equal to (≤), and less than or equal to (≥). Most people do not have these symbols on their keyboard, so Python uses
>>> 5 != 2 True >>> 3 <= 2 False >>> 6 >= 12 / 2 True
Have you ever heard the expression "comparing apples and pears"? Let's try the Python equivalent:
>>> 1 > 'krajta' Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> TypeError: '>' not supported between instances of 'int' and 'str'
Just like you can't compare apples and pears, Python is unable to compare strings (
str) and numbers (
int). Instead, it displays a
TypeError and tells us that these two types cannot be compared.
What happens when you replace
== in the previous example?
Do you want to try something else? Enter this:
>>> 6 > 2 and 2 < 3 True >>> 3 > 2 and 2 < 1 False >>> 3 > 2 or 2 < 1 True >>> not 3 > 2 False
In Python, you can combine several comparisons into one!
If you use the 'and' operator, both sides must be true for the whole expression to be true. If you use the 'or' operator, it is enough for only one side of the comparison to be true. The 'not' operator 'inverts' the result of the comparison.
Wouldn't it be nice to find out if your number won the lottery? If you have a list, you can use the
in operator to ask if a given element is in it.
>>> loterie = [3, 42, 12, 19, 30, 59] >>> 18 in loterie False >>> 42 in loterie True
It's not a complete comparison, but you'll get the same kind of result as with
You have just learned about a new type of object in Python. We already know types such as string, number, list, or dictionary; we have added to them the truth value, or more commonly in English, boolean.
The truth values are only two:
True (true) or
In order for Python to understand that it is this type, it is necessary to pay attention to the capitalization.
tRUE will not work - only
True is correct.
Like any value, you can also save a boolean in a variable.
>>> a = True >>> a True
You can also save the result of the comparison in the same way:
>>> a = 2 > 5 >>> a False
And you can use all of that in logical expressions:
>>> a and True False
In this section you have learned:
In Python, you can compare using operators
orcan combine two boolean values.
notcan invert a boolean value.