Benjamin Hodgson Benjamin Hodgson - 1 year ago 156
Python Question

range(len(list)) or enumerate(list)?

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Only index needed: enumerate or (x)range?

Which of these would be considered better/clearer/faster/more 'Pythonic'? I don't care about the content of the list
, just how long it is.

a = [f(n) for n, _ in enumerate(L)]


a = [f(n) for n in range(len(L))]

If it makes any difference, the function
makes use of
as well.

Answer Source

Some quick timing runs seem to give the 2nd option using range() a slight edge over enumerate():

timeit a = [f(n) for n, _ in enumerate(mlist)]
10000 loops, best of 3: 118 us per loop

timeit a = [f(n) for n in range(len(mlist))]
10000 loops, best of 3: 102 us per loop

and just for fun using xrange() (Python v2.7.2)

timeit a = [f(n) for n in xrange(len(mlist))]
10000 loops, best of 3: 99 us per loop

I would favor readable code first, then using xrange() if available (i.e., Pre-Python v 3.x), followed by range() and enumerate().

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