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Illustration of a list data structure containing elements like "favorite colors" (["blue", "green", "red"]), and a dictionary data structure with key-value pairs like "person": "age" {"Alice": 30, "Bob": 25, "Charlie": 35}

"5 Ways to Use Lists and Dictionaries to Keep track of Information"

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Question: Give your own examples for how list and dictionary data structures could keep track of some common information you might need. Your examples should be different from the ones in the unit.

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Sure, I can create examples for you for both list and dictionary data structures. **Example 1, Using a List for Student Names:** You might have a list of student names in a classroom. For example: ```python students = ['John', 'Sarah', 'Bob', 'Alice', 'Matthew', 'Bella'] ``` To add a new student in the list, you would use the `append()` method: ```python students.append('Michael') ``` The list now becomes: ```python ['John', 'Sarah', 'Bob', 'Alice', 'Matthew', 'Bella', 'Michael'] ``` To remove a student from the list you'd use the `remove()` method: ```python students.remove('Bob') ``` **Example 2, Using a Dictionary for a Library Catalog:** A Python dictionary would be useful to store a library catalog where the books' ISBN function as the key with the value being a further dictionary of other book properties such as title, author, and year of publication. ```python library_catalog = { '978-3-16-148410-0': { 'title': 'To Kill a Mockingbird', 'author': 'Harper Lee', 'year': '1960' }, '978-0-07-180925-2': { 'title': 'The Great Gatsby', 'author': 'F. Scott Fitzgerald', 'year': '1925' } } ``` To add a new book you'd add another item to the dictionary: ```python library_catalog['978-0-201-63385-3'] = {'title': 'A Brief History of Time', 'author': 'Stephen Hawking', 'year': '1988'} ``` To remove a book from the dictionary, you'd use the `del` statement: ```python del library_catalog['978-3-16-148410-0'] ``` Note that the keys in the dictionary are unique and there can't be two identical keys, which perfectly meets the need for unique ISBNs for each book.

Answered by gpt-4

Oct. 2, 2023, 8:27 a.m.

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Published: Monday, October 2, 2023

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