# Why is my python code too slow?

• I don't believe that I'm doing anything silly like appending to the start of a list. But this exceeds the time limit. Everything looks greedy to me, except for get_equation_elements, which has some inefficient string concatenation, but not that inefficient.

``````class Solution:
# @param {string} s
# @return {integer}
def calculate(self, s):
current_sum = 0
for num, preceded_by_neg in self.get_num_operators(s):
if not preceded_by_neg:
current_sum += num
else:
current_sum -= num
return current_sum

def get_num_operators(self, s):
is_opposite = [False] # Stack of whether parenthesis preceded by negative
preceded_by_neg = False
for eq_elem in self.get_equation_elements(s):
if eq_elem == '(':
is_opposite.append(preceded_by_neg)
elif eq_elem == ')':
is_opposite.pop()
elif eq_elem == '-':
preceded_by_neg = True
elif eq_elem == '+':
preceded_by_neg = False
else:
yield (eq_elem, preceded_by_neg != is_opposite[-1])

def get_equation_elements(self, s):
num_string = ""
for elem in s:
if elem == ' ':
continue
if elem == '(' or elem == ')':
yield elem
continue
if elem == '+' or elem == '-':
yield int(num_string)
yield elem
continue
num_string += elem
yield int(num_string)``````

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