Explain conditional branching with if statements in Python.
- Basics of if statements (if, elif, else)
- Specify conditions with comparison operators, etc.
- Specify conditions by number, list, etc.
- Specify multiple conditions or negations with logical operators (and, or, not)
- Conditional expressions on new lines and multiple lines
There is also a ternary operator that describes a conditional branch in one line. See the following article.
Basics of if statements (if, elif, else)
The basic form of the if statement is as follows
if Conditional expression 1: `Processing to be performed if Expression 1 is True.` elif Conditional expression 2: `Processing to be performed when expression 1 is false and expression 2 is true.` elif Expression 3: `Process when expression 1 and 2 are false and expression 3 is true.` ... else: `Processing when all conditionals are false.`
The “elif” corresponds to the “else if” in C and other languages, and there may be any number of “elifs”.
If there is only one conditional expression or processing when false is not necessary, the “elif” and “else” blocks can be omitted.
Specify conditions with comparison operators, etc.
Specify the condition with an operation that returns a bool type (true, false), such as a comparison operator.
Python comparison operators are as follows
|true if x is less than y|
|true if x is less than or equal to y|
|true if x is greater than y|
|true if x is greater than or equal to y|
|true if x and y values are equal|
x != y
x is y
x is not y
x in y
x not in y
Example. For convenience, it is defined as a function with the def statement.
def if_test(num): if num > 100: print('100 < num') elif num > 50: print('50 < num <= 100') elif num > 0: print('0 < num <= 50') elif num == 0: print('num == 0') else: print('num < 0') if_test(1000) # 100 < num if_test(70) # 50 < num <= 100 if_test(0) # num == 0 if_test(-100) # num < 0
The following can be written in a way that is unique to Python. See the following article for details.
a < x < b
def if_test2(num): if 50 < num < 100: print('50 < num < 100') else: print('num <= 50 or num >= 100') if_test2(70) # 50 < num < 100 if_test2(0) # num <= 50 or num >= 100
The above is a comparison of values; to compare object identities, use the following
For example, when comparing an integer and a floating-point number, “==” returns true if the values are equivalent, but “is” returns false because they are different objects.
i = 10 print(type(i)) # <class 'int'> f = 10.0 print(type(f)) # <class 'float'> print(i == f) # True print(i is f) # False
It is also possible to make the condition whether a list or a string contains a specific element (character).
not in:not including
def if_test_in(s): if 'a' in s: print('a is in string') else: print('a is NOT in string') if_test_in('apple') # a is in string if_test_in('melon') # a is NOT in string
Specify conditions by number, list, etc.
The conditional expression of an if statement can be a number, list, or other object that is not of type bool (true, false).
if 10: print('True') # True if [0, 1, 2]: print('True') # True
In the conditional expression of a Python if statement, the following objects are considered false.
- Constants defined to be false:
- Zero in numeric type:
- Empty sequence or collection:
range(0)Truth Value Testing — Built-in Types — Python 3.10.4 Documentation
Numbers representing zero, empty strings, lists, etc. are considered false; all others are considered true.
How the object is judged can be checked with bool().
print(bool(10)) # True print(bool(0.0)) # False print(bool()) # False print(bool('False')) # True
This can be used to simply write the process when the list is empty, for example.
def if_test_list(l): if l: print('list is NOT empty') else: print('list is empty') if_test_list([0, 1, 2]) # list is NOT empty if_test_list() # list is empty
Note that the string 'False' will also be true, because as shown in the example above, any string that is not empty in the string will be true.' To convert a specific string such as 'True' or 'False' to 1,0, use strtobool() in the distutils.util module.
Specify multiple conditions or negations with logical operators (and, or, not)
The logical operators (and, or, not) can be used to handle logical conjunction, logical disjunction, and negation of multiple conditions.
|operator||（Result (in the conditional expression of an if statement)|
|true if both x and y are true|
|true if either x or y is true|
|false if x is true, true if x is false|
def if_test_and_not(num): if num >= 0 and not num % 2 == 0: print('num is positive odd') else: print('num is NOT positive odd') if_test_and_not(5) # num is positive odd if_test_and_not(10) # num is NOT positive odd if_test_and_not(-10) # num is NOT positive odd
In fact, “x and y” and “x or y” do not return True or False, but either x or y. As long as they are used in conditional expressions in if statements, there is no need to worry about them, since they evaluate to either True or False. See the following article for details.
- RELATED:Python's logical operators “and, or, not” (logical conjunction, logical disjunction, negation)
It is possible to use and and or more than once.
def if_test_and_not_or(num): if num >= 0 and not num % 2 == 0 or num == -10: print('num is positive odd or -10') else: print('num is NOT positive odd or -10') if_test_and_not_or(5) # num is positive odd or -10 if_test_and_not_or(10) # num is NOT positive odd or -10 if_test_and_not_or(-10) # num is positive odd or -10
Conditional expressions on new lines and multiple lines
When multiple conditional expressions are used by connecting them with “and” or “or” and each line becomes long, it is sometimes necessary to break the conditional expression and write it on multiple lines.
A line break can be made by using a backslash or by enclosing the entire line in parentheses.
def if_test_and_backslash(num): if num >= 0 \ and not num % 2 == 0: print('num is positive odd') else: print('num is NOT positive odd') if_test_and_backslash(5) # num is positive odd def if_test_and_brackets(num): if (num >= 0 and not num % 2 == 0): print('num is positive odd') else: print('num is NOT positive odd') if_test_and_brackets(5) # num is positive odd
You can use a backslash to break a line as many times as you like. Likewise, you can break a line any number of times within parentheses. There is no indentation limit.
Note that this is a technique that can be used anywhere in Python code, not just in if statements.