# Python – Maximum consecutive elements percentage change

• Last Updated : 08 Jun, 2020

Sometimes, while working with Python lists, we can have a problem in which we need to extract the maximum change of consecutive elements. This kind of problem can have application in domains such as Data Science. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Input : test_list = [4, 6, 7]
Output : 50.0

Input : test_list = [7, 7, 7, 7]
Output : 0.0

Method #1 : Using loop + zip()
The combination of above functions can be used to solve this problem. In this, we combine elements with its successive element using zip(). The loop is used to perform computation in brute manner.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Maximum consecutive elements percentage change``# Using zip() + loop`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``4``, ``6``, ``7``, ``4``, ``2``, ``6``, ``2``, ``8``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Maximum consecutive elements percentage change``# Using zip() + loop``res ``=` `0``for` `x, y ``in` `zip``(test_list, test_list[``1``:]):``    ``res ``=` `max``((``abs``(x ``-` `y) ``/` `x) ``*` `100``, res)`` ` `# printing result ``print``(``"The maximum percentage change : "` `+` `str``(res)) `
Output :
```The original list is : [4, 6, 7, 4, 2, 6, 2, 8]
The maximum percentage change : 300.0
```

Method #2 : Using recursion + `max()`
This is yet another way in which this task can be performed. In this, instead of loop, we perform this task using recursion, tracking maximum at each call.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Maximum consecutive elements percentage change``# Using zip() + loop`` ` `# helpr_fnc``def` `get_max_diff(test_list, curr_max ``=` `None``):``    ``pot_max ``=` `(``abs``(test_list[``1``] ``-` `test_list[``0``]) ``/` `test_list[``0``]) ``*` `100``    ``if` `curr_max :``        ``pot_max ``=` `max``(curr_max, pot_max)``    ``if` `len``(test_list) ``=``=` `2``:``        ``return` `pot_max``    ``return` `get_max_diff(test_list[``1``:], pot_max)`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``4``, ``6``, ``7``, ``4``, ``2``, ``6``, ``2``, ``8``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Maximum consecutive elements percentage change``# Using zip() + loop``res ``=` `get_max_diff(test_list)`` ` `# printing result ``print``(``"The maximum percentage change : "` `+` `str``(res)) `
Output :
```The original list is : [4, 6, 7, 4, 2, 6, 2, 8]
The maximum percentage change : 300.0
```

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