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How do I join two different input formats in Python?

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asked Jan 6, 2023 by YC72909 (340 points)

I could not find a way to input a number, and then use that number input to output a word. The numbers are 1, 2, and 3. The words are rock, paper, and scissors. I wanted to be able to tell the user to input a number (e.g. 1 for rock, 2 for paper, etc.) so that the program could output a word according to the numbers 1, 2, and 3. Also, once the user has inputted either a 1, 2, or 3, I do not know how to tell the program to Boolean check three user inputs. I tried using the function "and" but that did not work.

Thank you

1 Answer

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answered Jan 6, 2023 by Peter Minarik (89,040 points)

I hope you'll find the following code snipper with comments helpful:

# keep reading a string then convert it into a number as long as it is not successful
success = False
while not success:
    stringInput = input("Choose 1/2/3 for rock/paper/scissors: ")
        index = int(stringInput)
        if 1 <= index and index <= 3:
            success = True
            print("Invalid number")
    except ValueError:
        print("Not a number!")

# print the choice that was 1-based, but lists are 0-based
choice = ["rock", "paper", "scissors"]
print(f"You chose: {choice[index - 1]}")
commented Jan 7, 2023 by YC72909 (340 points)
Thank you for your help. The code worked very well.
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