Liste Python Append VS Extension de liste Python - La différence expliquée avec des exemples de méthode Array

🔹 Bienvenue

Si vous voulez apprendre à travailler avec .append()et à .extend()comprendre leurs différences, vous êtes au bon endroit. Ce sont de puissantes méthodes de liste que vous utiliserez certainement dans vos projets Python.

Dans cet article, vous apprendrez:

  • Comment et quand utiliser la .append()méthode.
  • Comment et quand utiliser la .extend()méthode.
  • Leurs principales différences.

Commençons. ✨

🔸 Ajouter

Voyons comment la .append()méthode fonctionne dans les coulisses.

Cas d'utilisation

Vous devez utiliser cette méthode lorsque vous souhaitez ajouter un seul élément à la fin d'une liste.

💡 Conseils: vous pouvez ajouter des éléments de n'importe quel type de données car les listes peuvent contenir des éléments de différents types de données.

Syntaxe et arguments

Pour appeler la .append()méthode, vous devrez utiliser cette syntaxe:

De gauche à droite:

  • La liste qui sera modifiée. Il s'agit généralement d'une variable qui référence une liste.
  • Un point, suivi du nom de la méthode .append().
  • Entre parenthèses, l'élément qui sera ajouté à la fin de la liste.

💡 Astuces: Le point est très important. C'est ce qu'on appelle la "notation par points". Le point dit essentiellement "appeler cette méthode sur cette liste particulière", ainsi l'effet de la méthode sera appliqué à la liste qui se trouve avant le point.

Exemples

Voici un exemple d'utilisation .append():

# Define the list >>> nums = [1, 2, 3, 4] # Add the integer 5 to the end of the existing list >>> nums.append(5) # See the updated value of the list >>> nums [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

💡 Conseils: Lorsque vous utilisez .append()la liste d'origine est modifiée. La méthode ne crée pas de copie de la liste - elle mute la liste d'origine en mémoire.

Imaginons que nous menions une recherche et que nous voulions analyser les données collectées à l'aide de Python. Nous devons ajouter une nouvelle mesure à la liste de valeurs existante.

Comment faisons-nous ça? Nous utilisons la .append()méthode!

Vous pouvez le voir ici:

# Existing list >>> nums = [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3] # Add the float (decimal number) to the end of the existing list >>> nums.append(7.34) # See the updated value of the list >>> nums [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3, 7.34]

Équivalent à...

Si vous êtes familier avec le découpage de chaînes, de listes ou de tuple, ce .append()qui fait vraiment en coulisses équivaut à:

a[len(a):] = [x]

Avec cet exemple, vous pouvez voir qu'ils sont équivalents.

Utilisation .append():

>>> nums = [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3] >>> nums.append(4.52) >>> nums [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3, 4.52]

Utilisation du découpage de liste:

>>> nums = [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3] >>> nums[len(nums):] = [4.52] >>> nums [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3, 4.52]

Ajout d'une séquence

Maintenant, que pensez-vous de cet exemple? Que pensez-vous sera produit?

>>> nums = [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3] >>> nums.append([5.67, 7.67, 3.44]) >>> nums # OUTPUT?

Es-tu prêt? Ce sera la sortie:

[5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3, [5.67, 7.67, 3.44]]

Vous vous demandez peut-être pourquoi la liste complète a-t-elle été ajoutée en un seul élément? C'est parce que la .append()méthode ajoute l'élément entier à la fin de la liste. Si l'élément est une séquence telle qu'une liste, un dictionnaire ou un tuple, la séquence entière sera ajoutée en tant qu'élément unique de la liste existante.

Ici, nous avons un autre exemple (ci-dessous). Dans ce cas, l'élément est un tuple et il est ajouté en tant qu'élément unique de la liste, et non en tant qu'éléments individuels:

>>> names = ["Lulu", "Nora", "Gino", "Bryan"] >>> names.append(("Emily", "John")) >>> names ['Lulu', 'Nora', 'Gino', 'Bryan', ('Emily', 'John')]

🔹 Prolonger

Passons maintenant à la fonctionnalité de la .extend()méthode.

Cas d'utilisation

Vous devez utiliser cette méthode si vous devez ajouter plusieurs éléments à une liste en tant qu'éléments individuels .

Let me illustrate the importance of this method with a familiar friend that you just learned: the .append() method. Based on what you've learned so far, if we wanted to add several individual items to a list using .append(), we would need to use .append() several times, like this:

# List that we want to modify >>> nums = [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3] # Appending the items >>> nums.append(2.3) >>> nums.append(9.6) >>> nums.append(4.564) >>> nums.append(7.56) # Updated list >>> nums [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3, 2.3, 9.6, 4.564, 7.56]

I'm sure that you are probably thinking that this would not be very efficient, right? What if I need to add thousands or millions of values? I cannot write thousands or millions of lines for this simple task. That would take forever!

So let's see an alternative. We can store the values that we want to add in a separate list and then use a for loop to call .append() as many times as needed:

# List that we want to modify >>> nums = [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3] # Values that we want to add >>> new_values = [2.3, 9.6, 4.564, 7.56] # For loop that is going to append the value >>> for num in new_values: nums.append(num) # Updated value of the list >>> nums [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3, 2.3, 9.6, 4.564, 7.56]

This is more efficient, right? We are only writing a few lines. But there is an even more efficient, readable, and compact way to achieve the same purpose: .extend()!

>>> nums = [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3] >>> new_values = [2.3, 9.6, 4.564, 7.56] # This is where the magic occurs! No more for loops >>> nums.extend(new_values) # The list was updated with individual values >>> nums [5.6, 7.44, 6.75, 4.56, 2.3, 2.3, 9.6, 4.564, 7.56]

Let's see how this method works behind the scenes.

Syntax and Arguments

To call the .extend() method, you will need to use this syntax:

From Left to Right:

  • The list that will be modified. This is usually a variable that refers to the list.
  • A dot . (So far, everything is exactly the same as before).
  • The name of the method extend. (Now things start to change...).
  • Within parentheses, an iterable (list, tuple, dictionary, set, or string) that contains the items that will be added as individual elements of the list.

💡 Tips: According to the Python documentation, an iterable is defined as "an object capable of returning its members one at a time". Iterables can be used in a for loop and because they return their elements one at a time, we can "do something" with each one of them, one per iteration.

Behind the Scenes

Let's see how .extend() works behind the scenes. Here we have an example:

# List that will be modified >>> a = [1, 2, 3, 4] # Sequence of values that we want to add to the list a >>> b = [5, 6, 7] # Calling .extend() >>> a.extend(b) # See the updated list. Now the list a has the values 5, 6, and 7 >>> a [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

You can think of .extend() as a method that appends the individual elements of the iterable in the same order as they appear.

In this case, we have a list a = [1, 2, 3, 4] as illustrated in the diagram below. We also have a list b = [5, 6, 7] that contains the sequence of values that we want to add. The method takes each element of b and appends it to list a in the same order.

After this process is completed, we have the updated list a and we can work with the values as individual elements of a.

💡 Tips: The list b used to extend list a remains intact after this process. You can work with it after the call to .extend(). Here is the proof:

>>> a = [1, 2, 3, 4] >>> b = [5, 6, 7] >>> a.extend(b) >>> a [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] # List b is intact! >>> b [5, 6, 7]

Examples

You may be curious to know how the .extend() method works when you pass different types of iterables. Let's see how in the following examples:

For tuples:

The process works exactly the same if you pass a tuple. The individual elements of the tuple are appended one by one in the order that they appear.

# List that will be extended >>> a = [1, 2, 3, 4] # Values that will be added (the iterable is a tuple!) >>> b = (1, 2, 3, 4) # Method call >>> a.extend(b) # The value of the list a was updated >>> a [1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4]

For sets:

The same occurs if you pass a set. The elements of the set are appended one by one.

# List that will be extended >>> a = [1, 2, 3, 4] # Values that will be appended (the iterable is a set!) >>> c = {5, 6, 7} # Method call >>> a.extend(c) # The value of a was updated >>> a [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

For strings:

Strings work a little bit different with the .extend() method. Each character of the string is considered an "item", so the characters are appended one by one in the order that they appear in the string.

# List that will be extended >>> a = ["a", "b", "c"] # String that will be used to extend the list >>> b = "Hello, World!" # Method call >>> a.extend(b) # The value of a was updated >>> a ['a', 'b', 'c', 'H', 'e', 'l', 'l', 'o', ',', ' ', 'W', 'o', 'r', 'l', 'd', '!']

For dictionaries:

Dictionaries have a particular behavior when you pass them as arguments to .extend(). In this case, the keys of the dictionary are appended one by one. The values of the corresponding key-value pairs are not appended.

In this example (below), the keys are "d", "e", and "f". These values are appended to the list a.

# List that will be extended >>> a = ["a", "b", "c"] # Dictionary that will be used to extend the list >>> b = {"d": 5, "e": 6, "f": 7} # Method call >>> a.extend(b) # The value of a was updated >>> a ['a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f']

Equivalent to...

What .extend() does is equivalent to a[len(a):] = iterable. Here we have an example to illustrate that they are equivalent:

Using .extend():

# List that will be extended >>> a = [1, 2, 3, 4] # Values that will be appended >>> b = (6, 7, 8) # Method call >>> a.extend(b) # The list was updated >>> a [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8] 

Using list slicing:

# List that will be extended >>> a = [1, 2, 3, 4] # Values that will be appended >>> b = (6, 7, 8) # Assignment statement. Assign the iterable b as the final portion of the list a >>> a[len(a):] = b # The value of a was updated >>> a [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8]

The result is the same, but using .extend() is much more readable and compact, right? Python truly offers amazing tools to improve our workflow.

🔸 Summary of their Differences

Now that you know how to work with .append() and .extend(), let's see a summary of their key differences:

  • Effect: .append() adds a single element to the end of the list while .extend() can add multiple individual elements to the end of the list.
  • Argument: .append() takes a single element as argument while .extend() takes an iterable as argument (list, tuple, dictionaries, sets, strings).

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