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V Sai Harsha
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Master Python - Data Types


Python, known for its simplicity and readability, is an excellent programming language for beginners. One fundamental concept to grasp as you start your journey in Python programming is data types. Data types define the kind of data a variable can hold, and they play a crucial role in how you manipulate and process information in your Python programs. In this article, we will explore the common data types in Python, helping you understand how to use them effectively.

  1. Numeric Data Types

Python supports several numeric data types:

  • int: Represents whole numbers, positive or negative, without any fractional part.

  • float: Represents real numbers and can include a fractional part.

  • complex: Used for complex numbers, with a real and imaginary part.

Here's how you can use these numeric data types:

# Examples
x = 10         # int
y = 3.14       # float
z = 2 + 3j     # complex
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  1. String Data Type

Strings in Python are sequences of characters, enclosed in single (' ') or double (" ") quotes. You can perform various operations on strings, such as concatenation and slicing.

# Examples
name = "Alice"
greeting = 'Hello, ' + name
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  1. Boolean Data Type

A Boolean data type represents either True or False. Booleans are often used in conditional statements and expressions.

# Examples
is_python_fun = True
is_raining = False
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  1. List Data Type

A list is an ordered collection of items, which can be of different data types. Lists are versatile and can be modified (mutable).

# Example
fruits = ['apple', 'banana', 'cherry']
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  1. Tuple Data Type

Tuples are similar to lists but are immutable, meaning their values cannot be changed after creation. They are often used for data that should not be modified.

# Example
coordinates = (3, 4)
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  1. Dictionary Data Type

Dictionaries store data as key-value pairs. They are useful for storing and retrieving data quickly based on a unique key.

# Example
student = {
    'name': 'Bob',
    'age': 20,
    'grade': 'A'
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  1. Set Data Type

Sets are unordered collections of unique elements. They are handy for tasks like removing duplicates from a list.

# Example
unique_numbers = {1, 2, 3, 2, 4}
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Understanding data types in Python is fundamental for writing effective and bug-free code. As a beginner, grasp the concept of different data types, how to declare variables, and how to perform operations on them. Python's simplicity in handling data types makes it an excellent choice for those new to programming. Continue to explore and experiment with these data types to build a strong foundation in Python programming.

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