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What are Conditional Statements?

Conditional Statement in Python perform different computations or actions depending on whether a specific Boolean constraint evaluates to true or false. Conditional statements are handled by IF statements in Python.

In this tutorial, we will see how to apply conditional statements in Python.

What is If Statement? How to Use it?

In Python, If Statement is used for decision making. It will run the body of code only when IF statement is true.

When you want to justify one condition while the other condition is not true, then you use "if statement".

Syntax:

if expression
 Statement
else 
 Statement

Let see an example-

Python Conditional Statements

#
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =2,8
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	print(st)
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()
  • Code Line 5: We define two variables x, y = 2, 8
  • Code Line 7: The if Statement checks for condition x<y which is True in this case
  • Code Line 8: The variable st is set to "x is less than y."
  • Code Line 9: The line print st will output the value of variable st which is "x is less than y",

What happen when "if condition" does not meet

In this step, we will see what happens when your "if condition" does not meet.

Python Conditional Statements: IF, ELIF, ELSE Nested IF

  • Code Line 5: We define two variables x, y = 8, 4
  • Code Line 7: The if Statement checks for condition x<y which is False in this case
  • Code Line 8: The variable st is NOT set to "x is less than y."
  • Code Line 9: The line print st - is trying to print the value of a variable that was never declared. Hence, we get an error.

How to use "else condition"

The "else condition" is usually used when you have to judge one statement on the basis of other. If one condition goes wrong, then there should be another condition that should justify the statement or logic.

Example:

Python Conditional Statements: IF, ELIF, ELSE Nested IF

#
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =8,4
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	else:
		st= "x is greater than y"
	print (st)
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()
  • Code Line 5: We define two variables x, y = 8, 4
  • Code Line 7: The if Statement checks for condition x<y which is False in this case
  • Code Line 9: The flow of program control goes to else condition
  • Code Line 10: The variable st is set to "x is greater than y."
  • Code Line 11: The line print st will output the value of variable st which is "x is greater than y",

When "else condition" does not work

There might be many instances when your "else condition" won't give you the desired result. It will print out the wrong result as there is a mistake in program logic. In most cases, this happens when you have to justify more than two statement or condition in a program.

An example will better help you to understand this concept.

Here both the variables are same (8,8) and the program output is "x is greater than y", which is WRONG. This is because it checks the first condition (if condition), and if it fails, then it prints out the second condition (else condition) as default. In next step, we will see how we can correct this error.

Python Conditional Statements: IF, ELIF, ELSE Nested IF

#
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =8,8
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	else:
		st= "x is greater than y"
	print(st)
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()

How to use "elif" condition

To correct the previous error made by "else condition", we can use "elif" statement. By using "elif" condition, you are telling the program to print out the third condition or possibility when the other condition goes wrong or incorrect.

Example

Python Conditional Statements: IF, ELIF, ELSE Nested IF

#
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =8,8
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	
	elif (x == y):
		st= "x is same as y"
	
	else:
		st="x is greater than y"
	print(st)
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()
  • Code Line 5: We define two variables x, y = 8, 8
  • Code Line 7: The if Statement checks for condition x<y which is False in this case
  • Code Line 10: The flow of program control goes to the elseif condition. It checks whether x==y which is true
  • Code Line 11: The variable st is set to "x is same as y."
  • Code Line 15: The flow of program control exits the if Statement (it will not get to the else Statement). And print the variable st. The output is "x is same as y" which is correct

How to execute conditional statement with minimal code

In this step, we will see how we can condense out the conditional statement. Instead of executing code for each condition separately, we can use them with a single code.

Syntax

	A If B else C

Example:

Python Conditional Statements: IF, ELIF, ELSE Nested IF

	
def main():
	x,y = 10,8
	st = "x is less than y" if (x < y) else "x is greater than or equal to y"
	print(st)
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()
  • Code Line 2: We define two variables x, y = 10, 8
  • Code Line 3: Variable st is set to "x is less than y "if x<y or else it is set to "x is greater than or equal to y". In this x>y variable st is set to "x is greater than or equal to y."
  • Code Line 4: Prints the value of st and gives the correct output
  • Instead of writing long code for conditional statements, Python gives you the freedom to write code in a short and concise way.

Nested IF Statement

Following example demonstrates nested if Statement

total = 100
#country = "US"
country = "AU"
if country == "US":
    if total <= 50:
        print("Shipping Cost is  $50")
elif total <= 100:
        print("Shipping Cost is $25")
elif total <= 150:
	    print("Shipping Costs $5")
else:
        print("FREE")
if country == "AU": 
	  if total <= 50:
	    print("Shipping Cost is  $100")
else:
	    print("FREE")

Uncomment Line 2 in above code and comment Line 3 and run the code again

Switch Statement

What is switch statement?

A switch statement is a multiway branch statement that compares the value of a variable to the values specified in case statements.

Python language doesn’t have a switch statement.

Python uses dictionary mapping to implement switch statement in Python

Example

function(argument){
    switch(argument) {
        case 0:
            return "This is Case Zero";
        case 1:
            return " This is Case One";
        case 2:
            return " This is Case Two ";
        default:
            return "nothing";
    };
};

For the above switch statement Alternative in Python

def SwitchExample(argument):
    switcher = {
        0: " This is Case Zero ",
        1: " This is Case One ",
        2: " This is Case Two ",
    }
    return switcher.get(argument, "nothing")


if __name__ == "__main__":
    argument = 1
    print (SwitchExample(argument))

Python 2 Example

Above codes are Python 3 examples, If you want to run in Python 2 please consider following code.

# If Statement 
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =2,8
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	print st
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()



# How to use "else condition"
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =8,4
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	else:
		st= "x is greater than y"
	print st
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()



# When "else condition" does not work
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =8,8
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	else:
		st= "x is greater than y"
	print st
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()


# How to use "elif" condition
#Example file for working with conditional statement
#
def main():
	x,y =8,8
	
	if(x < y):
		st= "x is less than y"
	
	elif (x == y):
		st= "x is same as y"
	
	else:
		st="x is greater than y"
	print st
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()


# How to execute conditional statement with minimal code
def main():
	x,y = 10,8
	st = "x is less than y" if (x < y) else "x is greater than or equal to y"
	print st
	
if __name__ == "__main__":
	main()


# Nested IF Statement
total = 100
#country = "US"
country = "AU"
if country == "US":
    if total <= 50:
        print "Shipping Cost is  $50"
elif total <= 100:
        print "Shipping Cost is $25"
elif total <= 150:
	    print "Shipping Costs $5"
else:
        print "FREE"
if country == "AU": 
	  if total <= 50:
	    print "Shipping Cost is  $100"
else:
	    print "FREE"


#Switch Statement
def SwitchExample(argument):
    switcher = {
        0: " This is Case Zero ",
        1: " This is Case One ",
        2: " This is Case Two ",
    }
    return switcher.get(argument, "nothing")


if __name__ == "__main__":
    argument = 1
    print SwitchExample(argument)

Summary:

A conditional statement in Python is handled by if statements and we saw various other ways we can use conditional statements like if and else over here.

  • "if condition" – It is used when you need to print out the result when one of the conditions is true or false.
  • "else condition"- it is used when you want to print out the statement when your one condition fails to meet the requirement
  • "elif condition" – It is used when you have third possibility as the outcome. You can use multiple elif conditions to check for 4th,5th,6th possibilities in your code
  • We can use minimal code to execute conditional statements by declaring all condition in single statement to run the code
  • If Statement can be nested

 

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