In Python != is defined as not equal to operator. It returns true if operands on either side are not eual to each other, and returns false if they are equal.
>>> (10+2) != 12 # both expressions are same hence false False >>> (10+2)==12 True >>> 'computer' != "computer" # both strings are equal(single and double quotes same) False >>> 'computer' != "COMPUTER" #upper and lower case strings differ True
Whereas is not operator checks whether id() of two objects is same or not. If same, it returns false and if not same, it returns true
>>> a=10 >>> b=a >>> id(a), id(b) (490067904, 490067904) >>> a is not b False >>> a=10 >>> b=20 >>> id(a), id(b) (490067904, 490068064) >>> a is not b True