# Python | Minimum Difference in Matrix Columns

• Last Updated : 10 Feb, 2020

This particular article focuses on a problem that has utility in competitive as well as day-day programming. Sometimes, we need to get the minimum difference between the like indices when compared with the next list. The minimum difference between the like elements in that index is returned. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Method #1 : Using `min() + abs() + zip()` + list comprehension
This particular problem can also be solved using the combination of the above 4 operations. Here zip function does the dual task of pairing the list and also pairing the like indices for difference, to be computed by abs function and then minimum is found using min function, all bounded by list comprehension.

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 `# Python3 code to demonstrate``# Minimum Difference in Matrix Columns``# using min() + abs() + zip() + list comprehension`` ` `# initializing list ``test_list ``=` `[[``3``, ``4``, ``5``], [``4``, ``6``, ``8``], [``1``, ``9``, ``2``], [``3``, ``7``, ``10``]]`` ` `# printing original list ``print``(``"The original list : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# using min() + abs() + zip() + list comprehension``# Minimum Difference in Matrix Columns``res ``=` `[``min``(``abs``(i ``-` `j) ``for` `i, j ``in` `zip``(``*``ele)) ``for` `ele ``in` `zip``(test_list, test_list[``1``:])]`` ` `# print result``print``(``"The minimum difference sublist : "` `+` `str``(res))`
Output :

```The original list : [[3, 4, 5], [4, 6, 8], [1, 9, 2], [3, 7, 10]]
The minimum difference sublist : [1, 3, 2]
```

Method #2 : Using `min() + map() + abs + zip()`
This task can also be achieved using the combination of above functions, the addition is map function that performs the task of binding of abs operation to the whole list.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate``# Minimum Difference in Matrix Columns``# using min() + map() + abs + zip()`` ` `# initializing list ``test_list ``=` `[[``3``, ``4``, ``5``], [``4``, ``6``, ``8``], [``1``, ``9``, ``2``], [``3``, ``7``, ``10``]]`` ` `# printing original list ``print``(``"The original list : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# using min() + map() + abs + zip()``# Minimum absolute difference list of list``res ``=` `[``min``(``map``(``abs``, (i ``-` `j ``for` `i, j ``in` `zip``(x, y)))) ``for` `x, y ``in` `zip``(test_list, test_list[``1``:])]`` ` `# print result``print``(``"The minimum difference sublist : "` `+` `str``(res))`
Output :
```The original list : [[3, 4, 5], [4, 6, 8], [1, 9, 2], [3, 7, 10]]
The minimum difference sublist : [1, 3, 2]
```

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