Hello everyone,

I have stumbled upon this seemingly trivial problem: the answer is not

there in

http://www.python.org/doc/faq/programming/, and googling does

not return many references really (at least for me).

I have come up with this:

def qips_identical(q, oldq):

qips = map(operator.itemgetter(1), q)

oldqips = map(operator.itemgetter(1), oldq)

if len(qips) != len(oldqips):

return False

dif = set(qips) ^ set(oldqips)

if len(dif):

return False

return True

There's a number of complications here, depending on definition of

'lists with identical values', like whether the same value can be

repeated different number of times in two lists, or whether the order of

values matters.

In above example I assumed that the same values have to be repeated the

same numbers of times in both lists and that order doesn't matter so

long as the values are the same.

I was wondering if there's a better / shorter / faster way to do this --

not necessarily in the same variant, e.g. variant where order of two

lists matters would be interesting as well.

Regards,

mk