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Python | Getting sublist element till N

  • Last Updated : 29 Mar, 2019
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Sometimes, we may come across a utility in which we require to get the first N sublist elements that too only a particular index. This can have an application in queuing to get only the initial N person’s name. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this can be done.

Method #1 : Using list comprehension and list slicing
The above two powerful Python utilities can be useful here as well to get the result as list comprehension can extract the element slicing can restrict the size we need to extract.




# Python3 code to demonstrate
# getting sublist element till N
# using list comprehension + list slicing 
  
# initializing list 
test_list = [['Geeks', 1, 15], ['for', 3, 5], ['Geeks', 3, 7]]
  
# printing original list 
print("The original list : " + str(test_list))
  
# initializing N
N = 2
  
# using list comprehension + list slicing
# getting sublist element till N
res = [i[0] for i in test_list[ : N]] 
  
# print result
print("The first element of sublist till N : " + str(res))
Output :
The original list : [['Geeks', 1, 15], ['for', 3, 5], ['Geeks', 3, 7]]
The first element of sublist till N : ['Geeks', 'for']

 

Method #2 : Using map() + itemgetter() + islice()
The combination of above 3 functions can be used to perform this particular task. The itemgetter function gets the element to extract, islice slices till N and map function combines the result.






# Python3 code to demonstrate
# getting sublist element till N
# using map() + itemgetter() + islice()
from operator import itemgetter
from itertools import islice
  
# initializing list 
test_list = [['Geeks', 1, 15], ['for', 3, 5], ['Geeks', 3, 7]]
  
# printing original list 
print("The original list : " + str(test_list))
  
# initializing N
N = 2
  
# using map() + itemgetter() + islice()
# getting sublist element till N
res = list(map(itemgetter(0), islice(test_list, 0, N)))
  
# print result
print("The first element of sublist till N : " + str(res))
Output :
The original list : [['Geeks', 1, 15], ['for', 3, 5], ['Geeks', 3, 7]]
The first element of sublist till N : ['Geeks', 'for']

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