Paul - 2 months ago 22

Python Question

I need to write a function that splits any list into two equal parts. If length of list is even, I want just split it it two parts, and if length of the list is odd, I want to ignore central element.

`So [1,2,3,4,5,6] => [1,2,3] and [4,5,6]`

and [1,2,3,4,5] => [1,2] and [4,5]

I tried to do the following way:

`list = [1,100,50,-51,1,1]`

s = len(list)/2

left = list[s+1:]

right = list[:s]

But this approach doesnt work both for even and odd lengths.

Is there a way to use slices for this purpose or there is no way and it's better to use loops/iterations?

Answer

Use `divmod`

on the length of the list and 2. Right slice is taken from sum of the quotient and the remainder:

```
lst = [1,100,50,-51,1,1]
s = divmod(len(lst), 2)
left = lst[:s[0]]
right = lst[sum(s):]
```