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How would I write the definition for this
def shift(my_list):
"Shifts the list [x1,x2,...,xn] to [x2,x3,...,xn,x1]."
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How would I write the definition for this def shift(my_list): "Shifts the list [x1,x2,...,xn] to [x2,x3,...,xn,x1]."
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OnyxBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
If you don't get what i am trying to do, i am defining a function that will shift the list to the right moving the first element to the end.
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AslanderBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
You can try this  it may not be pretty, but it works. I threw in print statements so you could see whats happening. def shifting(): a = [1,2,3,4] for i in range(5): print "Original List:", a b = a[1:] b.append(a[0]) print "Ammended List:", b print a = b
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AslanderBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
You could do it just once, or as many times as you wish, by changing the range(x).
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OnyxBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
thank you and i have one more question to ask which ocw course is better http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electricalengineeringandcomputerscience/600introductiontocomputerscienceandprogrammingfall2008/index.htm or http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electricalengineeringandcomputerscience/6189agentleintroductiontoprogrammingusingpythonjanuaryiap2010/
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OnyxBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I am using the second one right now but it is a little confusing because there giving us problems they never taught like the one i asked you. So i was wondering if the one for this study board is better?
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AslanderBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I don't know the other course...sorry.
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OnyxBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Oh okay but have you had any problems with the course your using. Where the stuff asked for hasn't been taught or is it a good course?
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AslanderBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
It is a very good course so far. So far, everything matches up quite good. Of course you need to do extra reading for some things, but that is to be expected from a free online course. The teacherpupil aspect does not exist, so you need to be willing to work a little, and be autonomous.
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KeenBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
def shift(aList) aList.append(aList[0]) del aList[0] return aList
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KeenBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
:) I'm really warming to lists.
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OnyxBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Thank You. I actually came up with the exact same script last night. I guess i was just cramming my brain too much because i took an hour break. Then I laid down and as I was laying down going to sleep i was like wouldn't it be easier to just take the first element and move to end using append then delete the first.
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polpakBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
A couple of things to consider.. Do you wish to modify the list in place, or return a new list constructed by shifting the old one. In general I would recommend the latter since it has fewer side effects. #does not modify def shift(thelist): return thelist[1:] + thelist[0] #modifies def inplace_shift(thelist): thelist.append(thelist.pop(0))
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AslanderBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Oh that's nice polpak! I hadn't thought about how it would modify (or not) the list...I tried to break down Keen's function but found it really hard, now with your input I am thinking about how much I don't know about programming, :) and I think I will try simplifying my own work. Thanks!
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