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Dancing with Python

By : Robert S. Sutor
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Dancing with Python

By: Robert S. Sutor

Overview of this book

Dancing with Python helps you learn Python and quantum computing in a practical way. It will help you explore how to work with numbers, strings, collections, iterators, and files. The book goes beyond functions and classes and teaches you to use Python and Qiskit to create gates and circuits for classical and quantum computing. Learn how quantum extends traditional techniques using the Grover Search Algorithm and the code that implements it. Dive into some advanced and widely used applications of Python and revisit strings with more sophisticated tools, such as regular expressions and basic natural language processing (NLP). The final chapters introduce you to data analysis, visualizations, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning. By the end of the book, you will be proficient in programming the latest and most powerful quantum computers, the Pythonic way.
Table of Contents (29 chapters)
Part I: Getting to Know Python
PART II: Algorithms and Circuits
PART III: Advanced Features and Libraries
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Appendix C: The Complete UniPoly Class
Appendix D: The Complete Guitar Class Hierarchy
Appendix F: Production Notes

3.9 Dictionaries

I went into detail about lists to illustrate the main collection operations you need to know:

  • Creating a collection
  • Testing for membership in a collection
  • Accessing items in a collection
  • Adding items to a collection, if it is mutable
  • Removing items from a collection, if it is mutable
  • Iterating over items in the collection
  • Extracting a sub-collection
  • Building a new collection by calling functions on items filtered from an existing collection

For dictionaries and sets, I move faster over these core operations and focus on the distinguishing features of the collection types.

3.9.1 What is a dictionary?

Let’s begin by putting our information about guitars into the table in Figure 3.6.

Table of guitar brands, models, and years introduced
Figure 3.6: Table of guitar brands, models, and years introduced

A Python dictionary...