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3.G: Conditional Execution (Glossary)

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  • body
    The sequence of statements within a compound statement.
    boolean expression
    An expression whose value is either True or False.
    branch
    One of the alternative sequences of statements in a conditional statement.
    chained conditional
    A conditional statement with a series of alternative branches.
    comparison operator
    One of the operators that compares its operands: ==!=><>=, and <=.
    conditional statement
    A statement that controls the flow of execution depending on some condition.
    condition
    The boolean expression in a conditional statement that determines which branch is executed.
    compound statement
    A statement that consists of a header and a body. The header ends with a colon (:). The body is indented relative to the header.
    guardian pattern
    Where we construct a logical expression with additional comparisons to take advantage of the short-circuit behavior.
    logical operator
    One of the operators that combines boolean expressions: andor, and not.
    nested conditional
    A conditional statement that appears in one of the branches of another conditional statement.
    traceback
    A list of the functions that are executing, printed when an exception occurs.
    short circuit
    When Python is part-way through evaluating a logical expression and stops the evaluation because Python knows the final value for the expression without needing to evaluate the rest of the expression.