# Data Types and Operations in Python

November 23, 2020 2020-12-03 21:19## Data Types and Operations in Python

A data type in Python specifies the type of value that a variable has and the type of operations that can be applied to the variable.

**Basic Data Types in Python **

Python contains several data types to make it easier for programmers to write functional and replicable programs. The different data types used in Python are listed below:

Data Type | Example |

str | ‘Apple’, ‘Ball’ |

int | 123, 66, 222 |

float | 2.4, 3.21, 4.666 |

list | [‘Python’, ‘C’, ‘C++’], [‘Nepal’, ‘USA’] |

tuple | (‘Python’, ‘C’, ‘C++’), (‘Nepal’, ‘USA’) |

set | {‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’}, {1,2,3,4} |

dict | {‘Name’:’John’}, {‘id’:1, ‘age’: 48} |

bool | True, False |

You can also use the in-built **type()** function in Python to get the data type of an object.

# Example of using the type() function # String >>> type("Apple") <class 'str'> # Integer >>> type(2) <class 'int'> # Float >>> type(2.4) <class 'float'> # Set >>> type({'asd','ert'}) <class 'set'>

Now, let us move onto discuss the characteristics of some commonly used Python data types.

#### 1. **Strings (str)**

Variables of type **String **are surrounded by either single or double quotation marks. For example,

# Both variable1 and variable2 are strings >>> variable1 = "Python" >>> variable2 = 'Python'

The examples demonstrated below showcase results from different types of string operations performed in Python.

# Adding two strings together results in string concatenation >>> 'apple' + 'banana' 'applebanana' # Multiplying a string by a number results in multiple concatenations of the same string >>> 'apple' * 3 'appleappleapple' # Finding the length of the string using the in-built len() function >>> len("apple") 5

**2. Integers (int) and Floats (float)**

**Integers **are numbers without a decimal point. **Floats **(or floating-point numbers) are numbers with a decimal point. For example, the number 100 is an integer and the number 100.0 is a floating-point number.

# variable1 is an integer >>> variable1 = 1 # variable2 is a float >>> variable2 = 1.0

The following examples showcase results of different arithmetic operations performed using integers and floats.

# Addition/subtraction of integers returns an integer >>> 2 + 2 4 # Addition/subtraction of an integer and a float returns a floating point number >>> 2 + 2.0 4.0 # Division always returns a floating-point number >>> 10 / 2 5.0 # A floating-point number is accurate up to 15 decimal places >>> 17 / 3 5.666666666666667 # Floor division discards the fractional part and return an integer >>> 17 // 3 5 # The % operator returns the remainder of the division >>> 17 % 3 2 # The ** operator returns x to the power of y. >>> 5 ** 2 # 5 to the power of 2 25 # Multiplication of variables >>> width = 20 >>> height = 5 * 9 >>> width * height 900 # Use of different arithmetic operations may return an integer or a floating-point number >>> 50 - 5*6 20 >>> (50 - 5*6) / 4 5.0

#### 3. **Lists (list)**

**Lists **are array sequences that store a collection of items of the same or different data types. The elements of a list are surrounded by square brackets [ ] and the item indexing starts at 0. This means that the first item of a list has an index of 0, the second item of a list has an index of 1, and so on.

# variable1 is a list of integers >>> variable1 = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] # variable2 is a list storing different data types >>> variable2 = [1.0, 2, 3, 4.0, '5']

The following examples showcase results of different types of list operations.

# squares is a list of integers >>> squares = [1, 4, 9, 16, 25] >>> squares [1, 4, 9, 16, 25] # Finding the length of the list using the in-built len() function >>> len(squares) # gives length of list 5 # Accessing the items of a list based on the index of the item >>> squares[0] # 0 index fetches the first item 1 >>> squares[-1] # -1 index fetches the last item 25 >>> squares[-2] # -2 index fetches the second last item 16 # Slicing the list to get a selection of items >>> squares[1:] # Fetching all elements starting from index 1 [4, 9, 16, 25] >>> squares[2:] # Fetching all elements starting from index 2 [9, 16, 25] >>> squares[:1] # Fetching all elements till and not including index 1 [1] >>> squares[:2] # Fetching all elements till and not including index 2 [1, 4] >>> squares[:-2] # Fetching all elements except the last two elements [1, 4, 9] >>> squares[1:3] # Fetching all elements from index 1 to index 3 [4, 9] >>> squares[:] # Fetching all elements of the list [1, 4, 9, 16, 25] # Replacing an element of a list >>> squares[3] = 12 # Assigning item at index 3 as 12 >>> squares [1, 4, 9, 12, 25] # Remove a range of values of the list >>> squares[1:3] = [ ] # Removing items at index 1 to 3 >>> squares [1, 12, 25] # Clear the list by replacing all the elements with an empty list >>> squares[:] = [ ] >>> squares [ ]

#### 4. **Tuples (tuple)**

**Tuples **are array sequences that store a collection of items of the same or different data types. The elements of a tuple are surrounded by round brackets, that is, ( ). Tuples are like lists, except for the fact that the elements of a tuple cannot be changed after initialization.

# variable1 is a tuple of integers >>> variable1 = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) # variable2 is a tuple storing different data types >>> variable2 = (1.0, 2, 3, 4.0, '5')

The following examples showcase results of different types of tuple operations.

# Defining a tuple with integer values >>> squares = (1, 4, 9, 16, 25) >>> squares (1, 4, 9, 16, 25) # Finding the length of the tuple using the in-built len() function >>> len(squares) # gives length of tuple 5 # Accessing the items of a tuple based on the index of the item >>> squares[0] # 0 index fetches the first item 1 >>> squares[-1] # -1 index fetches the last item 25 >>> squares[-2] # -2 index fetches the second last item 16 # Slicing the tuple to get a selection of items >>> squares[1:] # Fetching all elements starting from index 1 (4, 9, 16, 25) >>> squares[2:] # Fetching all elements starting from index 2 (9, 16, 25) >>> squares[:1] # Fetching all elements till and not including index 1 (1) >>> squares[:2] # Fetching all elements till and not including index 2 (1, 4) >>> squares[:-2] # Fetching all elements except the last two elements (1, 4, 9) >>> squares[1:3] # Fetching all elements from index 1 to index 3 (4, 9) >>> squares[:] # Fetching all elements of a tuple (1, 4, 9, 16, 25) # Unlike lists, the elements of a tuple cannot be changed. >>> squares[3] = 12 Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> TypeError: 'tuple' object does not support item assignment

#### 5. **Dictionary (dict)**

A **dictionary** is a set of key-value pairs. Every key in a dictionary must be unique. The elements of a dictionary are surrounded by curly brackets, i.e., { }.

# variable1 is a dictionary >>> variable1 = {'key1' : 'value1', 'key2' : 'value2'}

The following examples demonstrate results of different types of dictionary operations.

# Defining a dictionary >>> costs_dict = {'Kitkat':1300, 'Unicorn':1800, 'Chocolateroll':1000, 'Barbiedoll':3600, 'MickeyMouse':3600, 'Doraemon':1800} >>> costs_dict {'Kitkat': 1300, 'Unicorn': 1800, 'Chocolateroll': 1000, 'Barbiedoll': 3600, 'MickeyMouse': 3600, 'Doraemon': 1800} # Printing value from given key >>> cost_doraemon_cake = costs_dict['Doraemon'] >>> cost_doraemon_cake 1800 # Inserting new key value pair >>> costs_dict['PeppaPig '] = 1800 >>> costs_dict {'Kitkat': 1300, 'Unicorn': 1800, 'Chocolateroll': 1000, 'Barbiedoll': 3600, 'MickeyMouse': 3600, 'Doraemon': 1800, 'PeppaPig ': 1800} # Removing key value pair >>> del costs_dict['Doraemon'] >>> costs_dict {'Kitkat': 1300, 'Unicorn': 1800, 'Chocolateroll': 1000, 'Barbiedoll': 3600, 'MickeyMouse': 3600, 'PeppaPig ': 1800} # Replacing the value for a given key >>> costs_dict['Unicorn'] = 3800 >>> costs_dict {'Kitkat': 1300, 'Unicorn': 3800, 'Chocolateroll': 1000, 'Barbiedoll': 3600, 'MickeyMouse': 3600, 'Doraemon': 1800, 'PeppaPig ': 1800} # Convert the key to list >>> cake_items = list(costs_dict) >>> cake_items ['Kitkat', 'Unicorn', 'Chocolateroll', 'Barbiedoll', 'MickeyMouse', 'PeppaPig ']

#### 6. **Sets (set)**

A **set** is an unordered collection of non-duplicated elements. Set objects also support mathematical operations like union, intersection, difference, and symmetric difference. The elements of a set are surrounded by curly brackets, that is, { } but they do not exist as key-value pairs like in a dictionary.

# variable1 is a set >>> variable1 = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

The following examples demonstrate results of different types of set operations.

# Defining a set >>> cake_items = {'Kitkat', 'Unicorn', 'Chocolateroll', 'Barbiedoll', 'MickeyMouse', 'Doraemon'} >>> cake_items {'Chocolateroll', 'MickeyMouse', 'Kitkat', 'Doraemon', 'Unicorn', 'Barbiedoll'} # Fast membership testing >>> 'Doraemon' in cake_items True >>> 'Ogge' in cake_items False # Creating a set called 'A' from a string using the in-built set() function >>> A = set('aezakmi') >>> A {'k', 'm', 'z', 'e', 'i', 'a'} # Creating a set called 'B' from a string using the in-built set() function >>> B = set('alacazam') >>> B {'l', 'm', 'z', 'c', 'a'} # Letters in A but not in B >>> print("A-B:", A-B) A-B: {'k', 'i', 'e'} # Letters in A or B or both >>> print("A|B:", A|B) A|B: {'k', 'l', 'm', 'e', 'z', 'c', 'i', 'a'} # Letters in both A and B >>> print("A&B:", A&B) A&B: {'a', 'z', 'm'} # Letters in A or B but not both >>> print("A^B:", A^B) A^B: {'k', 'l', 'c', 'e', 'i'}

This chapter concludes with the basics of data types and operations in Python. In the next chapter, we will discuss the various ‘Control Flow Tools in Python‘.