The advanced features of any programming language are usually discovered through extensive experience. You’re coding up a complicated project and find yourself searching for something on stackoverflow. You then come across a beautifully elegant solution to your problem that uses a Python feature you never even knew existed!
That’s totally the funnest way to learn: discovery by exploration and accident!
Here are 5 of the most useful advanced features of the Python programming language — and more importantly how to use them!
A Lambda Function is a small, anonymous function — anonymous in the sense that it doesn’t actually have a name.
Python functions are typically defined using the style of
def a_function_name() , but with lambda functions we don’t give it a name at all. We do this because the purpose of a lambda function is to perform some kind of simple expression or operation without the need for fully defining a function.
A lambda function can take any number of arguments, but must always have only one expression:
x = lambda a, b : a * b print(x(5, 6)) # prints '30' x = lambda a : a*3 + 3 print(x(3)) # prints '12'
See how easy that was! We performed a bit of basic math without the need for defining a full on function. This is one of the many features of Python that makes it a clean and simplistic programming language to use.
Map() is a built-in Python function used to apply a function to a sequence of elements like a list or dictionary. It’s a very clean and most importantly readable way to perform such an operation.
def square_it_func(a): return a * a x = map(square_it_func, [1, 4, 7]) print(x) # prints '[1, 16, 47]' def multiplier_func(a, b): return a * b x = map(multiplier_func, [1, 4, 7], [2, 5, 8]) print(x) # prints '[2, 20, 56]'
Check out the example above! We can apply our function to a single list or multiple lists. In face, you can use a map with any python function you can think of, as long as it’s compatible with the sequence elements you are operating on.
The Filter built-in function is quite similar to the Map function in that it applies a function to a sequence (list, tuple, dictionary). The key difference is that filter() will only return the elements which the applied function returned as True.
Check out the example below for an illustration:
# Our numbers numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15] # Function that filters out all numbers which are odd def filter_odd_numbers(num): if num % 2 == 0: return True else: return False filtered_numbers = filter(filter_odd_numbers, numbers) print(filtered_numbers) # filtered_numbers = [2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14]
Not only did we evaluate True or False for each list element, the *filter()*function also made sure to only return the elements which matched as True. Very convenient for handling to two steps of checking an expression and building a return list.
The Python Itertools module is a collection of tools for handling iterators. An iterator is a data type that can be used in a for loop including lists, tuples, and dictionaries.
Using the functions in the Itertools module will allow you to perform many iterator operations that would normally require multi-line functions and complicated list comprehension. Check out the examples below for an awesome illustration of the magic of Itertools!
from itertools import * # Easy joining of two lists into a list of tuples for i in izip([1, 2, 3], ['a', 'b', 'c']): print i # ('a', 1) # ('b', 2) # ('c', 3) # The count() function returns an interator that # produces consecutive integers, forever. This # one is great for adding indices next to your list # elements for readability and convenience for i in izip(count(1), ['Bob', 'Emily', 'Joe']): print i # (1, 'Bob') # (2, 'Emily') # (3, 'Joe') # The dropwhile() function returns an iterator that returns # all the elements of the input which come after a certain # condition becomes false for the first time. def check_for_drop(x): print 'Checking: ', x return (x > 5) for i in dropwhile(should_drop, [2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12]): print 'Result: ', i # Checking: 2 # Checking: 4 # Result: 6 # Result: 8 # Result: 10 # Result: 12 # The groupby() function is great for retrieving bunches # of iterator elements which are the same or have similar # properties a = sorted([1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]) for key, value in groupby(a): print(key, value), end=' ') # (1, [1, 1, 1]) # (2, [2, 2, 2]) # (3, [3, 3]) # (4, ) # (5, )
Generator functions allow you to declare a function that behaves like an iterator, i.e. it can be used in a for loop. This greatly simplifies your code and is much more memory efficient than a simple for loop.
Consider an example where we want to add up all of the numbers from 1 to 1000. The first part of the code below illustrates how you would do this using a for loop.
Now that’s all fine and dandy if the list is small, say a length of 1000. The problem arises when you want to do this with a huge list, say 1 billion float numbers. With a for loop, that massive memory chewing list is created *in memory — *not everyone has unlimited RAM to store such a thing! The
range() function in Python does the same thing, it builds the list in memory
Section (2) of the code illustrates the summing of the list of numbers using a Python generator. A generator will create elements and store them in memory only as it needs them i.e one at a time. That means, if you have to create 1 billion floating point numbers, you’ll only be storing them in memory one at a time! The
xrange() function in Python uses generators to build lists.
Moral of the story: If you have a large range that you’d like to generate a list for, use a generator or the
xrange function. This is especially true if you have a really memory sensitive system such as mobile or at-the-edge computing.
That being said, if you’d like to iterate over the list multiple times and it’s small enough to fit into memory, it will be better to use for loops and the
range function. This is because generators and
xrange will be freshly generating the list values every time you access them, whereas
range is a static list and the integers already exist in memory for quick access.
# (1) Using a for loop numbers = list() for i in range(1000): numbers.append(i+1) total = sum(numbers) # (2) Using a generator def generate_numbers(n): num, numbers = 1,  while num < n: numbers.append(num) num += 1 return numbers total = sum(generate_numbers(1000)) # (3) range() vs xrange() total = sum(range(1000 + 1)) total = sum(xrange(1000 + 1))
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Welcome to my Blog, In this article, we will learn python lambda function, Map function, and filter function.
Lambda function in python: Lambda is a one line anonymous function and lambda takes any number of arguments but can only have one expression and python lambda syntax is
Syntax: x = lambda arguments : expression
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Magic Methods are the special methods which gives us the ability to access built in syntactical features such as ‘<’, ‘>’, ‘==’, ‘+’ etc…
You must have worked with such methods without knowing them to be as magic methods. Magic methods can be identified with their names which start with __ and ends with __ like init, call, str etc. These methods are also called Dunder Methods, because of their name starting and ending with Double Underscore (Dunder).
Now there are a number of such special methods, which you might have come across too, in Python. We will just be taking an example of a few of them to understand how they work and how we can use them.
class AnyClass: def __init__(): print("Init called on its own") obj = AnyClass()
The first example is _init, _and as the name suggests, it is used for initializing objects. Init method is called on its own, ie. whenever an object is created for the class, the init method is called on its own.
The output of the above code will be given below. Note how we did not call the init method and it got invoked as we created an object for class AnyClass.
Init called on its own
Let’s move to some other example, add gives us the ability to access the built in syntax feature of the character +. Let’s see how,
class AnyClass: def __init__(self, var): self.some_var = var def __add__(self, other_obj): print("Calling the add method") return self.some_var + other_obj.some_var obj1 = AnyClass(5) obj2 = AnyClass(6) obj1 + obj2
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Swapping value in Python
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