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Python Evaluate Booleans

Evaluate Values

The bool() function allows you to evaluate any value, and give you True or False in return,


Evaluate a string and a number:

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Evaluate two variables:

x = "Hello"
y = 15

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Most Values are True

Almost any value is evaluated to True if it has some sort of content.

Any string is True, except empty strings.

Any number is True, except 0.

Any list, tuple, set, and dictionary are True, except empty ones.


The following will return True:

bool(["apple", "cherry", "banana"])
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Some Values are False

In fact, there are not many values that evaluates to False, except empty values, such as (), [], {}, "", the number 0, and the value None. And of course the value False evaluates to False.


The following will return False:

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One more value, or object in this case, evaluates to False, and that is if you have an object that is made from a class with a __len__ function that returns 0 or False:


class myclass():
  def __len__(self):
    return 0

myobj = myclass()
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