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Python | Program to count number of lists in a list of lists
• Last Updated : 07 May, 2019

Given a list of lists, write a Python program to count the number of lists contained within the list of lists.

Examples:

```Input :  [[1, 2, 3], [4, 5], [6, 7, 8, 9]]
Output : 3

Input : [, ['Bob'], ['Delhi'], ['x', 'y']]
Output : 4
```

Method #1 : Using len()

 `# Python3 program to Count number ``# of lists in a list of lists`` ` `def` `countList(lst):``    ``return` `len``(lst)``     ` `# Driver code``lst ``=` `[[``1``, ``2``, ``3``], [``4``, ``5``], [``6``, ``7``, ``8``, ``9``]]``print``(countList(lst))`
Output:
```3
```

Method #2 : Using type()

Use a for loop and in every iteration to check if the type of the current item is a list or not, and accordingly increment ‘count’ variable. This method has a benefit over approach #1, as it works well for a list of heterogeneous elements.

 `# Python3 program to Count number ``# of lists in a list of lists`` ` `def` `countList(lst):``    ``count ``=` `0``    ``for` `el ``in` `lst:``        ``if` `type``(el)``=``=` `type``([]):``            ``count``+``=` `1``             ` `    ``return` `count``     ` `# Driver code``lst ``=` `[[``1``, ``2``, ``3``], [``4``, ``5``], [``6``, ``7``, ``8``, ``9``]]``print``(countList(lst))`
Output:
```3
```

A one-liner alternative approach for the above code is given below:

 `def` `countList(lst):``    ``return` `sum``(``type``(el)``=``=` `type``([]) ``for` `el ``in` `lst)`

Method #3 : Using isinstance() method

 `# Python3 program to Count number ``# of lists in a list of lists`` ` `def` `countList(lst):``    ``return` `sum``(``isinstance``(i, ``list``) ``for` `i ``in` `lst)``     ` `# Driver code``lst ``=` `[[``1``, ``2``, ``3``], [``4``, ``5``], [``6``, ``7``, ``8``, ``9``]]``print``(countList(lst))`
Output:
```3
```

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