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Python – Smallest Length String
  • Last Updated : 31 Dec, 2019

Sometimes, while working with a lot of data, we can have a problem in which we need to extract the minimum of all the strings in list. This kind of problem can have application in many domains. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Method #1 : Using loop
This is the brute method in which we perform this task. In this, we run a loop to keep a memory of smallest string length and return the string which has min length in list.




# Python3 code to demonstrate working of 
# Smallest Length String
# using loop 
  
# initialize list 
test_list = ['gfg', 'is', 'best', 'for', 'geeks'
  
# printing original list 
print("The original list : " + str(test_list)) 
  
# Smallest Length String 
# using loop 
min_len = 99999
for ele in test_list: 
    if len(ele) < min_len: 
        min_len = len(ele) 
        res = ele 
  
# printing result 
print("Minimum length string is : " + res) 
Output :
The original list : ['gfg', 'is', 'best', 'for', 'geeks']
Minimum length string is : is

 

Method #2 : Using min() + key
This method can also be used to solve this problem. In this, we use inbuilt min() with “len” as key argument to extract the string with the minimum length.






# Python3 code to demonstrate working of 
# Smallest Length String
# using min() + key 
  
# initialize list 
test_list = ['gfg', 'is', 'best', 'for', 'geeks'
  
# printing original list 
print("The original list : " + str(test_list)) 
  
# Smallest Length String
# using min() + key 
res = min(test_list, key = len
  
# printing result 
print("Minimum length string is : " + res) 
Output :
The original list : ['gfg', 'is', 'best', 'for', 'geeks']
Minimum length string is : is

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