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25 Useful Python One-Liners That You Should know

In this blog, I want to present some python one-liners which everyone should know.

1. Swapping Two Variables

# a = 4 b = 5
a,b = b,a
# print(a,b) >> 5,4

Let’s start with a simpler one by swapping two variables with each other. This method is one of the most simple and intuitive methods that you can write with no need to use a temp variable or apply arithmetic operations.

2. Multiple Variable Assignments

a,b,c = 4,5.5,'Hello'
#print(a,b,c) >> 4,5.5,hello

You can use commas and variables to assign multiple values to the variables at a time. Using this technique, you can assign multiple data types var at a time. You can use a list to assign values to variables. Below is an example of assigning multiple values to different var from a list.

a,b,*c = [1,2,3,4,5]
print(a,b,c)> 1 2 [3,4,5]

3. Sum of Even Numbers In a List

There can be many ways of doing this, but the best and simplest way is to use the list indexing and sum function.

a = [1,2,3,4,5,6]
s = sum([num for num in a if num%2 == 0])
>> 12

4. Deleting Multiple Elements from a List

del is a keyword used in python to remove values from a list.

#### Deleting all even
a = [1,2,3,4,5]
del a[1::2]
print(a)>[1, 3, 5]a

5. Reading Files

lst = [line.strip() for line in open('data.txt')]

Here we are using list comprehension. First, we are opening a text file, and using a for loop, we are reading line by line. In the end, using strip we are removing all the unnecessary space. There is one much simpler and shorter way of doing this using just the list function.

list(open('data.txt'))##Using with will also close the file after use
with open("data.txt") as f: lst=[line.strip() for line in f]

6. Writing data to file

with open("data.txt",'a',newline='\n') as f: f.write("Python is awsome")

The above code will first create a file data.txt if not already there, and then it will write Python is awsome in the file.

7. Creating Lists

lst = [i for i in range(0,10)]
> [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]or lst = list(range(0,10))
We can also create a list of strings using the same method.
lst = [("Hello "+i) for i in ['Karl','Abhay','Zen']]
> ['Hello Karl', 'Hello Abhay', 'Hello Zen']

8. Mapping Lists or TypeCasting Whole List

Sometimes in our project, we need to change the data types of all the elements in a list. The first method which comes to your mind is to use a loop and then access all the elements from the list and then one by one change the data type of the elements. This method is for the old school in python we have map a function that can do the work for us.

> [1, 2, 3]list(map(float,[1,2,3]))
> [1.0, 2.0, 3.0][float(i) for i in [1,2,3]]
> [1.0, 2.0, 3.0]

9. Set Creation

The method we used to create lists can be also used to create Sets. Let’s create a set using the method that contains the square root of all the even numbers in the range.

#### Square of all even numbers in an range
{x**2 for x in range(10) if x%2==0}> {0, 4, 16, 36, 64}

10. Fizz Buzz

In this quiz, we need to write a program that prints the numbers from 1 to 100. But for multiples of three, print “Fizz” instead of the number, and for the multiples of five, print “Buzz”.

It looks like we have to use loops and multiple if-else statements. If you try to do it in any other language that you may have to write up to 10 lines of code but using python, we can implement FizzBuzz using just a single line of code.

['FizzBuzz' if i%3==0 and i%5==0 else 'Fizz' if i%3==0 else 'Buzz' if i%5==0 else i  for i in range(1,20)]

In the above code, we are using list comprehension to run a loop from 1 to 20, and then at each iteration of the loop, we are checking whether the number is divisible with 3 or 5. If yes, then we are replacing the number with Fizz or Buzz accordingly, else we replace the number with FizzBuzz.

11. Palindrome

A palindrome is a number or a string that looks the same when it gets reversed.

text = 'level'
ispalindrome = text == text[::-1]
ispalindrome> True

12. Space Separated integers to a List

lis = list(map(int, input().split()))
print(lis)> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

13. Lambda Function

A lambda function is a small anonymous function. A lambda function can take any number of arguments, but can only have one expression.

sqr = lambda x: x * x  ##Function that returns square of any number
> 100

14. To Check The Existence of a number in a list

num = 5
if num in [1,2,3,4,5]:
> present

15. Printing Patterns

Patterns are something that always fascinates me. In python, we can draw amazing patterns using just a single line of code.

n = 5
print('\n'.join('😀' * i for i in range(1, n + 1)))>

16. Finding Factorial

Factorial is the product of an integer and all the integers below it.

import math
n = 6
math.factorial(n)> 720

17. Fibonacci Series

A series of numbers in which each number ( Fibonacci number ) is the sum of the two preceding numbers. The simplest Fibonacci series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,13 etc. We can use list comprehensions and a for loop to create a Fibonacci series in a range.

fibo = [0,1]
[fibo.append(fibo[-2]+fibo[-1]) for i in range(5)]
> [0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8]

18. Prime Number

A prime number is a number that is divisible only by itself and 1. eg: 2,3,5,7 etc. To generate prime numbers in a range we can use the list function with filter and lambda to generate prime numbers.

list(filter(lambda x:all(x % y != 0 for y in range(2, x)), range(2, 13)))

> [2, 3, 5, 7, 11]

19. Finding Max Number

findmax = lambda x,y: x if x > y else y 
> 14


In the above code using the lambda function we are checking the comparison condition and according to that returning the max number.

20. Linear Algebra

Sometimes we need to scale the elements of a list to 2 times or 5 times. The code explains how.

def scale(lst, x): return [i*x for i in lst] 
scale([2,3,4], 2) ## call

> [4,6,8]

21. Transpose of a matrix

You need to change all the rows into columns and vice versa. In python, you can transpose a matrix in just one line of code using zip functions.

transpose = [list(i) for i in zip(*a)] 

> [[1, 4, 7], [2, 5, 8], [3, 6, 9]]

22. Counting occurrence of a pattern

It is an important and useful use case when we need to know the count of occurrences of a pattern in the text. In python, we have the re library to do this work for you.

import re; len(re.findall('python','python is a programming language. python is python.'))
> 3

23. Replacing a text with some other text

"python is a programming language.python is python".replace("python",'Java')

> Java is a programming language. Java is Java

24. Simulating Toss of a coin

It may be not that important, but it can be very useful whenever you need to generate some random choice from a given set of choices.

import random; random.choice(['Head',"Tail"])
> Head

25. Generating Groups

groups = [(a, b) for a in ['a', 'b'] for b in [1, 2, 3]] 
> [('a', 1), ('a', 2), ('a', 3), ('b', 1), ('b', 2), ('b', 3)]

Here we have shared all the useful and important one-liners If you know some more then let everyone know in the comments.

Source: Medium

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