The `operator` module exports a set of functions implemented in C
corresponding to the intrinsic operators of Python. For example,
`operator.add(x, y)`

is equivalent to the expression `x+y`

. The
function names are those used for special class methods; variants without
leading and trailing "`__`" are also provided for convenience.

The functions fall into categories that perform object comparisons, logical operations, mathematical operations, sequence operations, and abstract type tests.

The object comparison functions are useful for all objects, and are named after the rich comparison operators they support:

(`lt``a, b`)(`le``a, b`)(`eq``a, b`)(`ne``a, b`)(`ge``a, b`)(`gt``a, b`)(`__lt__``a, b`)(`__le__``a, b`)(`__eq__``a, b`)(`__ne__``a, b`)(`__ge__``a, b`)(`__gt__``a, b`)-
Perform ``rich comparisons'' between
`a`and`b`. Specifically,`lt(`

is equivalent to`a`,`b`)

,`a`<`b``le(`

is equivalent to`a`,`b`)

,`a`<=`b``eq(`

is equivalent to`a`,`b`)

,`a`==`b``ne(`

is equivalent to`a`,`b`)

,`a`!=`b``gt(`

is equivalent to`a`,`b`)

and`a`>`b``ge(`

is equivalent to`a`,`b`)

. Note that unlike the built-in`a`>=`b``cmp()`, these functions can return any value, which may or may not be interpretable as a Boolean value. See the*Python Reference Manual*for more informations about rich comparisons. New in version 2.2.

The logical operations are also generally applicable to all objects, and support truth tests and Boolean operations:

(`not_``o`)(`__not__``o`)-
Return the outcome of
`not``o`. (Note that there is no`__not__()`method for object instances; only the interpreter core defines this operation. The result is affected by the`__nonzero__()`and`__len__()`methods.)

(`truth``o`)-
Return
`1`

if`o`is true, and 0 otherwise.

The mathematical and bitwise operations are the most numerous:

(`abs``o`)(`__abs__``o`)-
Return the absolute value of
`o`.

(`add``a, b`)(`__add__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``+`

`b`, for`a`and`b`numbers.

(`and_``a, b`)(`__and__``a, b`)-
Return the bitwise and of
`a`and`b`.

(`div``a, b`)(`__div__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``/`

`b`when`__future__.division`

is not in effect. This is also known as ``classic'' division.

(`floordiv``a, b`)(`__floordiv__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``//`

`b`. New in version 2.2.

(`inv``o`)(`invert``o`)(`__inv__``o`)(`__invert__``o`)-
Return the bitwise inverse of the number
`o`. This is equivalent to`~`

`o`. The names`invert()`and`__invert__()`were added in Python 2.0.

(`lshift``a, b`)(`__lshift__``a, b`)-
Return
`a`shifted left by`b`.

(`mod``a, b`)(`__mod__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``%`

`b`.

(`mul``a, b`)(`__mul__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``*`

`b`, for`a`and`b`numbers.

(`neg``o`)(`__neg__``o`)-
Return
`o`negated.

(`or_``a, b`)(`__or__``a, b`)-
Return the bitwise or of
`a`and`b`.

(`pos``o`)(`__pos__``o`)-
Return
`o`positive.

(`rshift``a, b`)(`__rshift__``a, b`)-
Return
`a`shifted right by`b`.

(`sub``a, b`)(`__sub__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``-`

`b`.

(`truediv``a, b`)(`__truediv__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``/`

`b`when`__future__.division`

is in effect. This is also known as division. New in version 2.2.

(`xor``a, b`)(`__xor__``a, b`)-
Return the bitwise exclusive or of
`a`and`b`.

Operations which work with sequences include:

(`concat``a, b`)(`__concat__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``+`

`b`for`a`and`b`sequences.

(`contains``a, b`)(`__contains__``a, b`)-
Return the outcome of the test
`b``in`

`a`. Note the reversed operands. The name`__contains__()`was added in Python 2.0.

(`countOf``a, b`)-
Return the number of occurrences of
`b`in`a`.

(`delitem``a, b`)(`__delitem__``a, b`)-
Remove the value of
`a`at index`b`.

(`delslice``a, b, c`)(`__delslice__``a, b, c`)-
Delete the slice of
`a`from index`b`to index`c``-1`

.

(`getitem``a, b`)(`__getitem__``a, b`)-
Return the value of
`a`at index`b`.

(`getslice``a, b, c`)(`__getslice__``a, b, c`)-
Return the slice of
`a`from index`b`to index`c``-1`

.

(`indexOf``a, b`)-
Return the index of the first of occurrence of
`b`in`a`.

(`repeat``a, b`)(`__repeat__``a, b`)-
Return
`a``*`

`b`where`a`is a sequence and`b`is an integer.

(`sequenceIncludes``...`)-
**Deprecated since release 2.0.**Use`contains()`instead.Alias for

`contains()`.

(`setitem``a, b, c`)(`__setitem__``a, b, c`)-
Set the value of
`a`at index`b`to`c`.

(`setslice``a, b, c, v`)(`__setslice__``a, b, c, v`)-
Set the slice of
`a`from index`b`to index`c``-1`

to the sequence`v`.

The `operator` module also defines a few predicates to test the
type of objects. **Note:**
Be careful not to misinterpret the
results of these functions; only `isCallable()` has any
measure of reliability with instance objects. For example:

>>> class C: ... pass ... >>> import operator >>> o = C() >>> operator.isMappingType(o) 1

(`isCallable``o`)-
**Deprecated since release 2.0.**Use the`callable()`built-in function instead.Returns true if the object

`o`can be called like a function, otherwise it returns false. True is returned for functions, bound and unbound methods, class objects, and instance objects which support the`__call__()`method.

(`isMappingType``o`)-
Returns true if the object
`o`supports the mapping interface. This is true for dictionaries and all instance objects.**Warning:**There is no reliable way to test if an instance supports the complete mapping protocol since the interface itself is ill-defined. This makes this test less useful than it otherwise might be.

(`isNumberType``o`)-
Returns true if the object
`o`represents a number. This is true for all numeric types implemented in C, and for all instance objects.**Warning:**There is no reliable way to test if an instance supports the complete numeric interface since the interface itself is ill-defined. This makes this test less useful than it otherwise might be.

(`isSequenceType``o`)-
Returns true if the object
`o`supports the sequence protocol. This returns true for all objects which define sequence methods in C, and for all instance objects.**Warning:**There is no reliable way to test if an instance supports the complete sequence interface since the interface itself is ill-defined. This makes this test less useful than it otherwise might be.

Example: Build a dictionary that maps the ordinals from `0`

to
`256`

to their character equivalents.

>>> import operator >>> d = {} >>> keys = range(256) >>> vals = map(chr, keys) >>> map(operator.setitem, [d]*len(keys), keys, vals)