Prethia - 4 months ago 40

Python Question

I was examining a code written in python but I got confused with the following line.

`return ( reduce(lambda x, y: x + y[0],myList, 0)/len(Actions), )`

This code takes x and y as an input sums x and y's first element. After that I think it reduces myList to the value of x+y[0] . How can I accomplish this with using list comprehension instead of using lambda.

Answer

The part that corresponds well to a list comprehension is what the reducing function does with its second argument `y`

:

```
tmp = [ y[0] for y in myList ]
```

The reducing function then combines this list one element at a time with the "accumulator" `x`

:

```
x = 0 # The third argument to reduce
tmp = [ y[0] for y in myList ]
for y in tmp:
x += y
```

or more simply

```
x = 0
for y in myList:
x += y[0]
```

or, as you have probably recognized by now

```
sum(y[0] for y in myList)
```