## Question

Asked By – Fry

I ran across the caret operator in python today and trying it out, I got the following output:

```
>>> 8^3
11
>>> 8^4
12
>>> 8^1
9
>>> 8^0
8
>>> 7^1
6
>>> 7^2
5
>>> 7^7
0
>>> 7^8
15
>>> 9^1
8
>>> 16^1
17
>>> 15^1
14
>>>
```

It seems to be based on 8, so I’m guessing some sort of byte operation? I can’t seem to find much about this searching sites other than it behaves oddly for floats, does anybody have a link to what this operator does or can you explain it here?

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## Answer

It’s a bitwise XOR (exclusive OR).

It evaluates to `True`

if and only if its arguments differ (one is `True`

, the other is `False`

).

To demonstrate:

```
>>> 0^0
0
>>> 1^1
0
>>> 1^0
1
>>> 0^1
1
```

To explain one of your own examples:

```
>>> 8^3
11
```

Think about it this way:

1000 # 8 (binary) 0011 # 3 (binary) ---- # APPLY XOR ('vertically') 1011 # result = 11 (binary)

This question is answered By – ChristopheD

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