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what is a lambda expression?

Aug 24 '06 #1
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fegge wrote:
what is a lambda expression?
that's explained in the documentation, of course; see e.g.



Aug 24 '06 #2
fegge wrote:
what is a lambda expression?
You really should try Google first (python lambda):


Aug 24 '06 #3
what is a lambda expression?
labmda is a reserved word and AFAIK it is an operatior.
By using lamba, you can create an anonymous function. That is, a
function without name.

For example, doing

def create_adder(amount):
def adder(x):
return x + amount
return adder
is equvalent to:

def create_adder(amount):
return lambda x : x + amount

In the former case:
>>f1 = create_adder(4)
<function adder at 0x00BE6930>

In the later case:
>>f2 = create_adder(4)
<function <lambdaat 0x00BE66F0>

For example, if you want create a new list by adding 4 to the elements
of another list:
>>another = [1,2,3,4,5]
newlist = map( lambda x: x+4 , another)
[5, 6, 7, 8, 9]



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