# Python lambda (Anonymous Functions) | filter, map, reduce

In Python, anonymous function means that a function is without a name. As we already know that *def* keyword is used to define the normal functions and the *lambda* keyword is used to create anonymous functions. It has the following syntax:

lambda arguments: expression

- This function can have any number of arguments but only one expression, which is evaluated and returned.
- One is free to use lambda functions wherever function objects are required.
- You need to keep in your knowledge that lambda functions are syntactically restricted to a single expression.
- It has various uses in particular fields of programming besides other types of expressions in functions.

Let’s look at this example and try to understand the **difference between a normal def defined function and lambda function**. This is a program that returns the cube of a given value:

`# Python code to illustrate cube of a number ` `# showing difference between def() and lambda(). ` `def` `cube(y): ` ` ` `return` `y` `*` `y` `*` `y; ` ` ` `g ` `=` `lambda` `x: x` `*` `x` `*` `x ` `print` `(g(` `7` `)) ` ` ` `print` `(cube(` `5` `)) ` |

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Output:

343 125

**Without using Lambda :**Here, both of them returns the cube of a given number. But, while using def, we needed to define a function with a name cube and needed to pass a value to it. After execution, we also needed to return the result from where the function was called using the*return*keyword.**Using Lambda :**Lambda definition does not include a “return” statement, it always contains an expression which is returned. We can also put a lambda definition anywhere a function is expected, and we don’t have to assign it to a variable at all. This is the simplicity of lambda functions.

Lambda functions can be used along with built-in functions like filter(), map() and reduce().

**Use of lambda() with filter()**

The filter() function in Python takes in a function and a list as arguments. This offers an elegant way to filter out all the elements of a sequence “sequence”, for which the function returns True. Here is a small program that returns the odd numbers from an input list:

`# Python code to illustrate ` `# filter() with lambda() ` `li ` `=` `[` `5` `, ` `7` `, ` `22` `, ` `97` `, ` `54` `, ` `62` `, ` `77` `, ` `23` `, ` `73` `, ` `61` `] ` `final_list ` `=` `list` `(` `filter` `(` `lambda` `x: (x` `%` `2` `!` `=` `0` `) , li)) ` `print` `(final_list) ` |

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Output:

[5, 7, 97, 77, 23, 73, 61]

**Use of lambda() with map()**

The map() function in Python takes in a function and a list as argument. The function is called with a lambda function and a list and a new list is returned which contains all the lambda modified items returned by that function for each item. Example:

`# Python code to illustrate ` `# map() with lambda() ` `# to get double of a list. ` `li ` `=` `[` `5` `, ` `7` `, ` `22` `, ` `97` `, ` `54` `, ` `62` `, ` `77` `, ` `23` `, ` `73` `, ` `61` `] ` `final_list ` `=` `list` `(` `map` `(` `lambda` `x: x` `*` `2` `, li)) ` `print` `(final_list) ` |

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Output:

[10, 14, 44, 194, 108, 124, 154, 46, 146, 122]

**Use of lambda() with reduce()**

The reduce() function in Python takes in a function and a list as argument. The function is called with a lambda function and a list and a new reduced result is returned. This performs a repetitive operation over the pairs of the list. This is a part of functools module. Example:

`# Python code to illustrate ` `# reduce() with lambda() ` `# to get sum of a list ` `from` `functools ` `import` `reduce` `li ` `=` `[` `5` `, ` `8` `, ` `10` `, ` `20` `, ` `50` `, ` `100` `] ` `sum` `=` `reduce` `((` `lambda` `x, y: x ` `+` `y), li) ` `print` `(` `sum` `) ` |

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Output:

193

Here the results of previous two elements are added to the next element and this goes on till the end of the list like (((((5+8)+10)+20)+50)+100).

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