[SciPy-user] help with list comprehensions

Ryan May rmay@ou....
Wed Aug 1 13:58:42 CDT 2007

Stephen Yang wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I have a question about list comprehensions. I would like to append data 
> to an existing list using a list comprehension. Unfortunately, what I 
> have tried does not seem to work:
>  >>> y = [5, 1, 3, 5]
>  >>> x = ['a', 'b']
>  >>> new = [x.append(data) for data in y]
>  >>> new
> [None, None, None, None]

I'm not sure if this is just due to your example, but what you really
want to do is:

>>> x.extend(y)

Which will get you the original list x with all of the entries of y

FYI, if you look at x after running your original code, it's correct.
The problem is that x.append() modifies x in place, and therefore
doesn't return a value, so None gets put into the list "new" for each
item in y.


Ryan May
Graduate Research Assistant
School of Meteorology
University of Oklahoma

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