Call different dictionaries recursively

Dear all,
I’m trying to understand if it possible to do something as below. I have a list with name:


and I have the following dictionary


is it possible to do something call the dictionary dynamically based on the value of the list considering the dictionary name have all same name patter: d_list[i]

in other words something like

for i in list
d_list(i)[key]=value #this shoud result by instance in something like d_Mercury{key}=value

I hope my explanation had been clear enough otherwise please let me


you can maybe use dict.fromkeys() function: Python Convert List to Dictionary: A Complete Guide: A Complete Guide

hope this helps! have a good day :slight_smile:

You can, but you might have to look into “locals()” - it’s a Python function that can turn strings into local-scope variables.

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Hi there and thanks for you input!
@Jagaya : the only references I found were about locals() and Globals() kind of ‘variables’ used in python and nothing about using a string as name of a dictionary.

Below there is a simple example of code I’m using developing (it is just an easy example):



while a <=10
....some calculation
if a ==0:
elif a==1:
a +=1

because I have several calculations I’d like to remove the use of if-elif to reduce the calculation load towards something like:

while a <=10
some calculation
dictionary_name={"d_"+planets[a]}# my aim is this passage should return something like d_mercurio if a=0 etc
dictionary_name[key] = value #use the dictionary_name string now not like a string but like name of a dictionary

a +=1

I can for sure reduce the amount of typing with a function which does the if-elif loops but won’t recude the calculation load.

I hope this example helps more :slight_smile:

thanks again

The following link goes into several methods of how to turn a string into a variable (which then ofcourse can be a dictionairy) - the second one is using locals() :wink:

Ok…I gave a look and do some tryies and I’m still getting trouble to get it working.

this is a quick script which returns error


d_mercurio= {"b":2}
str ={"d_"+pianeta[0]}
print (str)
globals()[str]={"a":2} #append a set key:value to the dictionary with globals() and locals()

error: unhashable type: ‘set’

Is it possible it only works for variable and not for dictionarys?


That’s not a string, but a set (a special data-structure).
Python saves variables as keys in a dictionairy (which you access by locals() ), so it must be a valid datatype for a key.

Meaning it has to be without the curly-braces:
string ="d_"+pianeta[0]

str is a Python keyword referring to String-Objects. Those should never be used as variables, as this can cause various errors down the line.
For example I tested your code in a notebook and after that I could no longer cast integer to string, because I’ve overwritten the cast command str with the string “d_mercury”. Had to restart the notebook to undo that.

It works!!!

I did not realize str() is also a class in python and this did mess up everything I think

I create nested dictionary and it works as supposed.

@Jagaya , your help really makes my day!!!

thanks to you and freecodecamp community