# Tagged Questions

This challenge is related to the Python language. Note that challenges that require the answers to be in a specific language are generally discouraged.

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### How to find the item in a list whose f(item) is the smallest?

I have a list, l and a function f. f is not strictly increasing or decreasing. How can I find the item in the list whose f(item) is the smallest? For example, let's say the list is: l = [1, 2, 3, 4] ...
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### How can I shorten this python code analyzing a 3d grid?

My Python 3 function golf(...) should take a list of lists of lists of strings representing a solid cube and return whether there are any places in which two equal strings are directly next to each ...
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### Need help golfing Python 3 code to calculate volume & surface of spheroids in <150 bytes

I want to write a function golf(C, A) that takes the height (C = 2*c) and the width (A = 2*a) of an oblate (left image) or prolate (right image) spheroid or a sphere as parameters and returns the ...
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### Strategies for representing a given large integer using arithmetic expression

I have a specific number in mind, but it's part of a challenge I'm doing, and I don't want people to do (all) the work for me. Here is a number which has the same digits, but shuffled: ...
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### Most creative/diabolical/entertaining way to find Python version? [closed]

There are important differences between Python 2 and 3, so it's often useful to know which version of the interpreter is running your code. The straightforward method is something like this: def ...
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### Shortening str.replace() [duplicate]

In Python it is often necessary to use str.replace(a,b), however .replace is rather long and feels unnecessary. So is there a shorter alternative to str.replace. Alternatively is there a similar ...
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### Returning the range of a number as a palindrome

I like to do programming challenges in my free time to teach myself and keep fresh, this one I can't seem to optimize though and it's driving me insane. The goal is essentially, "Given a number, ...
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### Python Golfing Suggestions [closed]

I have read: Tips for golfing in Python I would like to golf this code further. Any more tips? x,y,q,w=[int(i) for i in raw_input().split()] while 1: a=int(input()) s=d="" if q>x: s="W" q-=...
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### Python Code Reviewer

Task Your mission is to create a program that reviews Python code. The solution can be written in any language! It must take input that contains python code. The program must add # This is not ...
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### Write a panic script to remote secure a Mac Pro from an untrustworthy local user [closed]

The Situation Suppose I allow "Shady Sam" admin access on my workstation to perform an important administrative task on my Mac Pro for me by giving them a temporary root login password. (Assume they ...
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### Golfing with Python Import

When is it beneficial to use inline, single use importing in Python? For example: __import__("x").doSomething() Is the above ever shorter than the below? import x x.doSomething() Or from x ...
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### Non-idempotent Python [closed]

Write a few lines of Python code, X, that does not reference any global variables, such that def method(): X print(a) method() prints 1 but def method(): X X print(a) method()...
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### Merging a dict compression referencing the original list into 1 line [closed]

Background A question wanted to solve a problem in a way that made it unreasonably complex: http://stackoverflow.com/a/31551257/29347 The problem in the original question is: Take a list of (...
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### all non-empty sublists partitionings of a list

I had to write a code for finding all non-empty sublists partitionings of a list: def f(s): if s: for j in range(1,len(s)+1): for p in f(s[j:]): yield [s[:j]]+...
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### Is there a shorter way to get user input in python?

This is not a challenge. I'm wondering if it's at all possible to get user input into two separate variables in python (2 or 3) with less than 19 bytes. These are all the shortest I can get: a,b=...
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### Generalized integer casting in Python

Background I have a string in Python which I want to convert to an integer. Normally, I would just use int: >>> int("123") 123 Unfortunately, this method is not very robust, as it only ...
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### Minimum of a Polynomial in Python

What is the shortest amount of code that can find the minimum of an inputted polynomial? I realize that you can import packages like Numpy and others, but using only user defined functions, what is ...
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### How can I use cmp(a,b) with Python3?

I want to compare a and b. How can I use cmp(a,b) with Python3 ?
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### How could I reduce the length of this code?

I need to reduce the length of this code in Python 3 as much as possible (even if it will be less readable): a,b,x,y=[int(i) for i in input().split()] while 1: r='' if y<b:r='S';y+=1 if y>b:...
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### Concatenate lists of strings item-wise in Python

This is a tips question for golfing in python. Suppose you have two lists of strings, and you want to concatenate the corresponding entries from each list. E.g. with a=list("abcd") and b=list("1234"),...
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### How can I rename .split or .join in python? [duplicate]

I can rename a built in module like this: r=range list(range(10)) [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] but whenever I rename .split, I get an error: s=split NameError: name 'split' is not defined How ...
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### Is there a shorter way to assign one of two variables in Python?

This is a tips question for golfing in python. In multiple golfs I've done in Python, a fixed value is assigned to one of two variables chosen by a Boolean. The chosen variable is overwritten by the ...
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### Am I code-golfing properly?

I am curious if I am Code Golfing properly. I set the challenge for myself to make a small hashing program into a single statement in Python. I first started off with: from itertools import ...
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### Python 3 - Tried Golfing My Assignment

Note: This isn't as much a golfing challenge; it is more so asking for golfing suggestions. Recently I had a Python assignment for my web development class, in order to check whether we could code. ...
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### Auto-meta-code-golf

You are sick of all of the codegolf challenges. Hence you decide to write a program that will automatically golf some Python code for you. There are 3 test cases: print quickSort([0,7,3,-1,8,10,57,...
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### Looking for shorter alternatives to `range(…)`

The best solution I've found so far for a golf code puzzle I'm working on includes two rather fat-looking invocations of range. I'm very new at code golf, especially in Python, so I could use a few ...
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### Golf Practice: Python [closed]

This is a challenge of practicing golf optimization in Python -- reusable tricks and shortcuts to shave off a few characters. Many will be familiar to Python golfers and use common ideas from the ...
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### Python advice: Portability of introspective function call

In Python, you can use the dir function on any object to get a list of the names of its instance functions: >>> dir('abc') ['__add__', '__class__', '__contains__', '__delattr__', '__doc__', '...
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### Golfing the Core

Note: although this is tagged as Python, other languages are permitted Challenge What you have to do is write the shortest functions to perform the same actions as the following Python 2 built in ...
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### Write the shortest one-statement python quine [duplicate]

I wrote this one-line one-statement Python quine a little while back. print (lambda x: x + str((x,)))('print (lambda x: x + str((x,)))',) The point is, it's all one line, and one function (i.e. no ...
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### Smallest python script to print even numbers 0 to 100

I'm work on a problem which I set myself for fun, which is to create a python script which prints the even numbers from 0 to 100. The challenge is to make the script as small as possible. This is what ...
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### Maximum number of PEP8 violations in a single line

Your task is to write a file which contains a line with many pep8 violations. The rules: We use pep8 version 1.5.7 and the default settings. Calling pep8 with other command line options or ...
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### Palindromic prime

I'm solving task, where: Input: A number as an integer. Output: The closest greater palindromic prime as an integer. I would appreciate hints how to make my solution shorter. Or directions if ...
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### Make a for loop repeat forever

for loops are useful in python in many ways, but one of the most common usages associated with a for loop is it's ability to repeat a certain amount of times. Like this: for times in range(50): ...
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### How do I alias member functions in Python?

In Python, one can save bytes by aliasing functions that are used repeatedly. For example: r=range a=r(100) b=r(200) c=r(300) However, when the functions are member functions together, I don't know ...
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### Crash (i.e. cause the interpreter to stop working and force close) Python

I would like to see who can make Python have a fatal crash with the most creative code. This means that when the program runs, Windows for example, will take over and pop up with something like â€œIDLE ...
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### Finding nCr for code-golf [duplicate]

The problem is to compute nCr = n!/(r!) * (n-r)! in the fewest characters possible. The input will be in the form: 1st line will have number of test cases and second line will have n and r for each ...
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### Fastest way to generate Smarandacheâ€“Wellin number [duplicate]

Given a number n find the Smarandacheâ€“Wellin number for n. Ex: for n=2 output=23 for n=5 output=235711 Answer it in ruby or python. given constraints are n<=70000
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### (Python) Implementing incrementation

Challenge: Implement incrementation without addition, multiplication, exponentiation, and any higher binary operators (and their opposites) in Python. Winner is the person who can do it in the least ...
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### secret language hackerrank.com

I tried this contest: https://www.hackerrank.com/challenges/secret-language Well, the score in this contest said I made 30 out of 30 points. As the score is calculated with the formula 30*(1000-#chars)...
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### shortest possible python pascal triangle code [duplicate]

the contest is already finished, so I don't think it's cheating to ask: I am trying to optimize this small contest: pascal triangle I started with 4.72 and worked myself up to 7.48. The best made a 9....
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### Solve the CodeSprint4 Leibniz code golf challenge in Python in 66 characters

Check out this challenge: https://www.hackerrank.com/codesprint4/challenges/leibniz (The competition has already ended, so I'm just curious about the Python solution, which the organizers refused to ...
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### Generate N number of “Go First” dice [closed]

Background As described here http://www.ericharshbarger.org/dice/#gofirst_4d12, "Go First" Dice is a set of four dice, each with unique numbering, so that: There will never be a tie. Each die has ...
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### How can I make this program smaller? [closed]

I am trying my hand at writing super small programs. I wrote a simple "tree" display program for showing a graphical representation of a folder hierarchy. I have made it small in all the ways I can ...
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### Python Golfing - Narrow function calling on array down [closed]

Say i have a function named J and an array named f. now i call this code: result = [] for n in f: results.append(J(n)) is there any more efficient way of doing this? I was thinking something ...
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### What is the minimum set of characters with which you can write any valid python program?

The proof of the set of characters is that there is a translator which takes any ascii python program as input and produces a limited character set version of the program. The limited character set ...
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### List of paths to nested dictionary

Given a list of nested menu items, items = [ '3D/Axis', '3D/CameraTracker', 'Color/Invert', 'Color/Log2Lin', 'Color/Math/Add', 'Color/Math/Multiply', 'Other/Group', ...
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### Shortest Way of creating a basic Space Invaders Game in Python

Hello all code golfers: Your challenge is to create a basic version of Space Invaders in Python Rules Program must be not written in Py3K All levels must be randomly generated There must be a HUD ...