Asked By – Kartik Anand
Python docs says that slicing a list returns a new list.
Now if a “new” list is being returned I’ve the following questions related to “Assignment to slices”
a = [1, 2, 3] a[0:2] = [4, 5] print a
Now the output would be:
[4, 5, 3]
- How can something that is returning something come on the left side of expression?
- Yes, I read the docs and it says it is possible, now since slicing a list returns a “new” list, why is the original list being modified? I am not able to understand the mechanics behind it.
Now we will see solution for issue: How does assignment work with list slices?
You are confusing two distinct operation that use very similar syntax:
b = a[0:2]
This makes a copy of the slice of
a and assigns it to
2) slice assignment:
a[0:2] = b
This replaces the slice of
a with the contents of
Although the syntax is similar (I imagine by design!), these are two different operations.
This question is answered By – NPE
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