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Operators are used to perform operations on values and variables. Operators can manipulate individual items and returns a result. The data items are referred as operands or arguments. Operators are either represented by keywords or special characters. For example, for identity operators we use keyword "is" and "is not".

In this tutorial, we going to learn various operators

Arithmetic Operators

Arithmetic Operators perform various arithmetic calculations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, %modulus, exponent, etc. There are various methods for arithmetic calculation in Python like you can use the eval function, declare variable & calculate, or call functions.

Example: For arithmetic operators we will take simple example of addition where we will add two-digit 4+5=9

x= 4	
y= 5
print x + y

The output of this code is "9."

Similarly, you can use other arithmetic operators like for multiplication(*), division (/), substraction (-), etc.

Comparison Operators

These operators compare the values on either side of the operand and determine the relation between them. It is also referred as relational operators. Various comparison operators are ( ==, != , <>, >,<=, etc)

Example: For comparison operators we will compare the value of x to the value of y and print the result in true or false. Here in example, our value of x = 4 which is smaller than y = 5, so when we print the value as x>y, it actually compares the value of x to y and since it is not correct, it returns false.

x = 4
y = 5
print('x > y  is',x>y)

The output of this code will be ('x > y is', False)

Likewise, you can try other comparison operators (x < y, x==y, x!=y, etc.)

Python Assignment Operators

Python assignment operators are used for assigning the value of the right operand to the left operand. Various assignment operators used in Python are (+=, - = , *=, /= , etc.)

Example: Python assignment operators is simply to assign the value, for example

num1 = 4
num2 = 5
print ("Line 1 - Value of num1 : ", num1)
print ("Line 2 - Value of num2 : ", num2)

The output of this code will be

('Line 1 - Value of num1 : ', 4)

('Line 2 - Value of num2 : ', 5)

Example of compound assignment operator

We can also use a compound assignment operator, where you can add, subtract, multiply right operand to left and assign addition (or any other arithmetic function) to the left operand.

  • Step 1: Assign value to num1 and num2
  • Step 2: Add value of num1 and num2 (4+5=9)
  • Step 3: To this result add num1 to the output of Step 2 ( 9+4)
  • Step 4: It will print the final result as 13
num1 = 4
num2 = 5
res = num1 + num2
res += num1
print ("Line 1 - Result of + is ", res)

The output of this code will be

('Line 1 - Result of + is ', 13)

Logical Operators

Logical operators in Python are used for conditional statements are true or false. Logical operators in Python are AND, OR and NOT. For logical operators following condition are applied.

  • For AND operator – It returns TRUE if both the operands (right side and left side) are true
  • For OR operator- It returns TRUE if either of the operand (right side or left side) is true
  • For NOT operator- returns TRUE if operand is false

Example: Here in example we get true or false based on the value of a and b

a = True
b = False
print('a and b is',a and b)
print('a or b is',a or b)
print('not a is',not a)

The output of this code will be

('a and b is', False)

('a or b is', True)

('not a is', False)

Membership Operators

These operators test for membership in a sequence such as lists, strings or tuples. There are two membership operators that are used in Python. (in, not in). It gives the result based on the variable present in specified sequence or string

Example: For example here we check whether the value of x=4 and value of y=8 is available in list or not, by using in and not in operators.

x = 4
y = 8
list = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ];

if ( x in list ):
   print "Line 1 - x is available in the given list"
else:
   print "Line 1 - x is not available in the given list"

if ( y not in list ):
   print "Line 2 - y is not available in the given list"
else:
   print "Line 2 - y is available in the given list"

The output of this code is

Line 1 - x is available in the given list

Line 2 - y is not available in the given list

  • Declare the value for x and y
  • Declare the value of list
  • Use the "in" operator in code with if statement to check the value of x existing in the list and print the result accordingly
  • Use the "not in" operator in code with if statement to check the value of y exist in the list and print the result accordingly
  • Run the code- When the code run it gives the desired output

Identity Operators

To compare the memory location of two objects, Identity Operators are used. The two identify operators used in Python are (is, is not).

  • Operator is: It returns true if two variables point the same object and false otherwise
  • Operator is not: It returns false if two variables point the same object and true otherwise

Example:

x = 20
y = 20

if ( x is y ):
 
	print "x & y  SAME identity"

y=30

if ( x is not y ):
 
	print "x & y have DIFFERENT identity"

The output of this code will be

x & y SAME identity

x & y have DIFFERENT identity

  • Declare the value for variable x and y
  • Use the operator "is" in code to check if value of x is same as y
  • Next we use the operator "is not" in code if value of x is not same as y
  • Run the code- The output of the result is as expected

Operator precedence

The operator precedence determines which operators need to be evaluated first. To avoid ambiguity in values, precedence operators are necessary. Just like in normal multiplication method, multiplication has a higher precedence than addition. For example in 3+ 4*5, the answer is 23, to change the order of precedence we use a square bracket (3+4)*5, now the answer is 35. Precedence operator used in Python are (unary + - ~, **, * / %, + - , &) etc.

Example:

v = 4
w = 5
x = 8
y = 2
z = 0
z = (v+w) * x / y;   
print "Value of (v+w) * x/ y is ",  z

The output of this result is

Value of (v+w) * x/ y is 36

  • Declare the value of variable v,w…z
  • Now apply the formula and run the code
  • The code will execute and calculate the variable with higher precedence and will give the output

Summary:

Operators in a programming language are used to perform various operations on values and variables. In Python, you can use operators like

  • There are various methods for arithmetic calculation in Python as you can use the eval function, declare variable & calculate, or call functions
  • Comparison operators often referred as relational operators are used to compare the values on either side of them and determine the relation between them
  • Python assignment operators are simply to assign the value to variable
  • Python also allows you to use a compound assignment operator, in a complicated arithmetic calculation, where you can assign the result of one operand to the other
  • For AND operator – It returns TRUE if both the operands (right side and left side) are true
  • For OR operator- It returns FALSE if either of the operand (right side or left side) is true
  • For NOT operator- returns TRUE if operand is false
  • There are two membership operators that are used in Python. (in, not in).
  • It gives the result based on the variable present in specified sequence or string
  • The two identify operators used in Python are (is, is not)
  • It returns true if two variables point the same object and false otherwise
  • Precedence operator can be useful when you have to set priority for which calculation need to be done first in a complex calculation.

 

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