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3.10: Glossary

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    tuple:
    An immutable sequence of elements.
    tuple assignment:
    An assignment with a sequence on the right side and a tuple of variables on the left. The right side is evaluated and then its elements are assigned to the variables on the left.
    gather:
    The operation of assembling a variable-length argument tuple.
    scatter:
    The operation of treating a sequence as a list of arguments.
    DSU:
    Abbreviation of “decorate-sort-undecorate,” a pattern that involves building a list of tuples, sorting, and extracting part of the result.
    data structure:
    A collection of related values, often organized in lists, dictionaries, tuples, etc.
    shape (of a data structure):
    A summary of the type, size and composition of a data structure.

    3.10: Glossary is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Allen B. Downey (Green Tea Press) .

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