i know that 6/5 returns 1
and 6/5.0 returns 1.2
but suppose i am defining n=6 and d=5, i want n/d to return 1.2 instead of 1, how do i do it?

also, i have a question about loops in python:
consider the following code:

for i in lst: # where lst is a predefined list with say 5 objects
  if some_condition==True:
    del i

will this work without problems? i get unexpected results..

To answer your first question, set d = 5.0, OR, use d/float(d) #float(n)/d works too To answer your second question, it depends on what the code fragment is trying to do, and what your expected results are. I can launch into a long exposition on why I think it doesn't work, based on guesses and assumptions, but my response would be more sane if you would just tell me what you are trying to do.

Replying to your second question:

l=['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
for a in l:
    if(l=='pear'):
        l.remove(i)

That ought to work! :P

That ought to work!

Not work maybe typeError.
'a' iterarte throught the list,then you have to compare 'a ' == 'pear' Now you compare l with 'pear'

>>> l=['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
>>> l == 'pear'
False
>>>
l = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
for a in l:
    if(a == 'pear'):
        l.remove(a)       

print l

Not work maybe typeError.
'a' iterarte throught the list,then you have to compare 'a ' == 'pear' Now you compare l with 'pear'

>>> l=['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
>>> l == 'pear'
False
>>>
l = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
for a in l:
    if(a == 'pear'):
        l.remove(a)       

print l

My bad! Sorry, I was such a fool! I'll fix it later! :D

Replying to your second question:

l=['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
for a in l:
    if(l=='pear'):
        l.remove(i)

That ought to work! :P

Why not simpply:

mylist = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
mylist.remove('pear')

print(mylist)  # ['apple', 'orange', 'mango', 'strawberry']

i know that 6/5 returns 1
and 6/5.0 returns 1.2
but suppose i am defining n=6 and d=5, i want n/d to return 1.2 instead of 1, how do i do it?

With Python3 things have changed. Floating point division is now '/' and integer division '//'.

print(6/5)    # 1.2
print(6//5)   # 1

Why not simpply:

mylist = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
mylist.remove('pear')

print(mylist)  # ['apple', 'orange', 'mango', 'strawberry']

He wanted to know how to do it with loops, which is why I posted that code, although I made a type error! :D

BTW, I am not able to edit my first post in this thread, anyone know why? o.O

You can only edit within 30 minutes after posting.

He wanted to know how to do it with loops, which is why I posted that code, although I made a type error! :D

This would make more sense for using a loop ...

mylist = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']

target = 'pear'
newlist = []
for item in mylist:
    if item != target:
        newlist.append(item)

print newlist

Or mildly more elegant ...

mylist = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
target = 'pear'
newlist = [item for item in mylist if item != target]
print newlist

wow.. thanks a lot everybody.. the reason why i was askng was this function... which returns the lowest non-zero number in a list.

def lowest(n):#n is a list of whole numbers
	#for item in range(len(n)):
	#	if n[item]==0:
	#		del n[item]
	#for r in n:
	#	if r==0: del r
	lowest=n[0]
	for q in n:
		#print q
		if q<lowest:
			lowest=q
	print "\n",lowest,"\n"
	return lowest

all the above give unexpected results because i am editing the list while the loop is in progress...

i had earlier tried to write a program to rename all files in a directory according to a certain format, but there too i had the same problem:

lst=os.listdir("path")
for i in lst:
  blah blah(rename files)

Or mildly more elegant ...

In that case, you could just use filter with a lambda expression :P

mylist = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
target = 'pear'
newlist = filter(lambda x: x == target, mylist)

# or ... multiple targets
mylist = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']
targets = ['pear', 'apple']
newlist = filter(lambda x: x in targets, mylist)

As for the problem regarding modifying the list while using a for loop, you could just use a while one instead. Just increment the loop index as needed.

mylist = ['apple','orange','mango','pear','strawberry']

i = 0
while i < len(mylist):
    item = mylist[i]
    if item == 'pear':
        # if you delete one index, the ones after will now be located
        # at one index lower, so you don't need to increment i.
        del mylist[i]
    else:
        # go to the next index...
        i += 1
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