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# What does the Double Star operator mean in Python?

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• Last Updated : 26 Nov, 2020

Double Star or (**) is one of the Arithmetic Operator (Like +, -, *, **, /, //, %) in Python Language. It is also known as Power Operator.

### What is the Precedence of Arithmetic Operators?

Arithmetic operators follow the same precedence rules as in mathematics, and they are: exponential is performed first, multiplication and division are performed next ,followed by addition and subtraction.

Arithmetic operators priorities order in Decreasing Mode:

```()   >>   **   >>   *  >>  /  >>  //  >>  %   >>   +   >>   -
```

### Uses of Double Star operator:

As Exponentiation Operator

For numeric data types, double-asterisk (**) is defined as an Exponentiation Operator:

Example:

## Python3

 `# Python code to Demonstrate the Exponential Operactor`` ` `a ``=` `2``b ``=` `5`` ` `# using double asterisk operator``c ``=` `a``*``*``b``print``(c)`` ` ` ` `# using double asterisk operator``z ``=` `2` `*` `(``4` `*``*` `2``) ``+` `3` `*` `(``4` `*``*` `2` `-` `10``)``print``(z)`

Output:

```32
50```

As arguments in functions and methods

In a function definition, the double asterisk is also known  **kwargs. They used to pass a keyword, variable-length argument dictionary to a function. The two asterisks (**) are the important element here, as the word kwargs is conventionally used, though not enforced by the language.

First, let’s simply print out the **kwargs arguments that we pass to a function. We’ll create a short function to do this:

## Python3

 `# Python Program to create a function to get a dictionary of names.``# Here, we will start with a dictionary of three names`` ` ` ` `def` `function(``*``*``kwargs):``    ``for` `key, value ``in` `kwargs.items():``        ``print``(``"The value of {} is {}"``.``format``(key, value))`` ` ` ` `function(name_1``=``"Shrey"``, name_2``=``"Rohan"``, name_3``=``"Ayush"``)`

Output:

```The value of name_1 is Shrey
The value of name_2 is Rohan
The value of name_3 is Ayush```

Now here is another example where we will pass additional arguments to the function to show that **kwargs will accept any number of arguments:

## Python3

 `# Python Program to create a function to get a dictionary of as many names``# you want to include in your Dictionary`` ` ` ` `def` `function(``*``*``kwargs):``    ``for` `key, value ``in` `kwargs.items():``        ``print``(``"The value of {} is {}"``.``format``(key, value))`` ` ` ` `function(``    ``name_1``=``"Ayush"``,``    ``name_2``=``"Aman"``,``    ``name_3``=``"Harman"``,``    ``name_4``=``"Babber"``,``    ``name_5``=``"Striver"``,``)`

Output:

```The value of name_1 is Ayush
The value of name_2 is Aman
The value of name_3 is Harman
The value of name_4 is Babber
The value of name_5 is Striver```

### Conclusion:

Using **kwargs provides us with the flexibility to use keyword arguments in our program. When we use **kwargs as a parameter, we don’t need to know how many arguments we would eventually like to pass to a function. Creating functions that accept **kwargs are best used in situations where you expect that the number of inputs within the argument list will remain relatively small.

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