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This chapter introduces a new concept: data structures. A data structure is a collection of data elements (such as numbers or characters, or even other data structures) that is structured in some way, such as by numbering the elements. The most basic data structure in Python is the sequence. Each element of a sequence is assigned a number—its position, or index. The first index is zero, the second index is one, and so forth.

imagesNote  When you count or number things in your daily life, you probably start counting from 1. The numbering scheme used in ...

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