I was working on some CSV files for a project. I figured that it would be easier to refer to the columns by their Excel column letters (e.g., ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘AA’, ‘AZ’) than the column numbers.
Some clear benefits:
The snippet is here for anyone who would find it helpful.
def to_idx(letters): val = lambda i, x: (26**i) * (ord(x.lower()) - ord('a') + 1) return sum([val(i, x) for i, x in enumerate(letters[::-1])]) - 1
Here it is in action:
>>> to_idx('A') 0 >>> to_idx('AH') 33 >>> to_idx('XFD') 16383
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