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Dictionary in Python | Python for Data Science | Day 4

Hello, The Data Monk family! 
We hope you would have read our last tutorial on tuples. If not, do read the article to clarify your concepts. 
Now, it’s time for us to learn about dictionary in Python.  Python’s dictionary is analogous to hash table in C++. Dictionary in Python is a data structure that comprises key, value pairs. If it goes tangential to your head, don’t fret. Read the article. It has no prerequisites, just a will to learn!

Dictionary in Python

Without any delay, let’s learn The Data Monk way! So, open your favorite IDE and follow this article to the very end. 

First off, let’s see how to create a dictionary. 

Here’s the syntax :

my_dictionary= {Key1:  “Value1”,Key2: “Value2”,Key3: “Value3”, ….. }

Let’s look at the code now:

Here’s how you can create a dictionary.

Dictionary in Python

If you enter duplicate keys values in a dictionary, the latter value will be considered and the first one will be discarded. See below-

Dictionary in Python

Even if we entered 4 key-value pairs, the length of the dictionary is still 3 because of the dropped duplicate.

Dictionary in Python

We can print the keys and values of a dictionary by simply using the keys() and values() functions respectively.

Dictionary in Python

Suppose I need to find out the jersey color for Mumbai Indians, how should I find out? Look at the image below for the solution.

Dictionary in Python

So, Mumbai Indians wear blue. What if I need to change this value to Dark Blue? 


Let’s see all the dictionary items using items() function.

Now I realize that I forgot to mention KKR in the dictionary. So, let’s update the dictionary.

If you are trying these examples along with us, you’re doing a great job. We are nearing the end of the article.

Let’s see how we can delete an item from the dictionary.

Punjab Kings was successfully deleted from the dictionary.

Now, let’s delete the whole dictionary. We can do so by simply using del keyword.

The error message suggests that the dictionary was successfully deleted.

Keep it up, pals! Now it’s time for us to test our knowledge. Don’t forget to answer the questions below. Though we have answered them for your convenience, we highly recommend that you spare a few minutes to attempt these on your own before looking at the solutions.

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