A list comprehension is a syntactical tool for creating lists in a natural and concise way, as illustrated in the following code to make a list of squares of the numbers 1 to 10:
[i ** 2 for i in range(1,11)] The dummy
i from an existing list
range is used to make a new element pattern. It is used where a for loop would be necessary in less expressive languages.
- [i for i in range(10)] # basic list comprehension
- [i for i in xrange(10)] # basic list comprehension with generator object in python 2.x
- [i for i in range(20) if i % 2 == 0] # with filter
- [x + y for x in [1, 2, 3] for y in [3, 4, 5]] # nested loops
- [i if i > 6 else 0 for i in range(10)] # ternary expression
- [i if i > 4 else 0 for i in range(20) if i % 2 == 0] # with filter and ternary expression
- [[x + y for x in [1, 2, 3]] for y in [3, 4, 5]] # nested list comprehension
List comprehensions were outlined in PEP 202 and introduced in Python 2.0.