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Python | Tail Sliced List Summation
  • Last Updated : 27 Feb, 2020

We often come to the situations in which we need to decrease the size of the list by truncating the last elements of the list and perform remaining list summatioon. This particular problem occurs when we need to optimize memory. This has its application in the day-day programming when sometimes we require to get all the lists of similar size. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Method #1 : Using len() + list slicing + sum()
List slicing can perform this particular task in which we just slice the first len(list) – K elements to be in the list and hence removing the last K elements. The task of performing tail summation is performed using sum().




# Python code to demonstrate 
# Tail Sliced List Summation
# using len() + list slicing + sum()
  
# initializing list 
test_list = [1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 8]
  
# printing original list
print ("The original list is : " + str(test_list))
  
# initializing K 
K = 3
  
# using len() + list slicing + sum()
# Tail Sliced List Summation
res = sum(test_list[: len(test_list) - K])
  
# printing result 
print ("The tail removed list summation : " + str(res))
Output :
The original list is : [1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 8]
The tail removed list summation : 11

 

Method #2 : Using Negative list slicing + sum()
We can perform this particular task using the negative list slicing in which we start removing the elements from the last index of the list and hence remove all the K elements from the last. We remove None if 0 elements are asked to be removed. The task of performing tail summation is performed using sum().






# Python code to demonstrate 
# Tail Sliced List Summation
# using negative list slicing + sum()
  
# initializing list 
test_list = [1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 8]
  
# printing original list
print ("The original list is : " + str(test_list))
  
# initializing K 
K = 3
  
# using negative list slicing + sum()
# Tail Sliced List Summation
res = sum(test_list[: -K or None])
  
# printing result 
print ("The tail removed list summation : " + str(res))
Output :
The original list is : [1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 8]
The tail removed list summation : 11

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