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Python Map() Function

Last Updated on Wednesday 5th Oct 2022

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Map Function in Python

In this tutorial, we will learn about the Python map() function with the help of examples.

The map() function executes a specified function for each item in an iterable and returns an iterators.


					map(function, iterables)


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  • function (Required) : The function to execute for each item
  • iterable (Required): An iterable like sets, lists, tuples, etc

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  • The map() function is going to apply the given function on all the items inside the iterator and return an iterable map object,example tuple, a list, etc.
  • The map function, allows us to apply the same operation to each element and return a new list of elements receiving the modified elements from this operation.

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Imagine that we have a list of names.

					names = ['RadCliffe', 'Craig', 'Dae Kim', 'Gilles', 'Sharman']


Now we can iterate through the names one by one, add the first name "Daniel".

					def addDaniel(name):
    return "Daniel " + name

					print(map(addDaniel, names))
# <map object at 0x7f1e182ec1f0>


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The map function returns a map object. So, in order to get our desired list back, we need to coerce the map object to a list.

					print(list(map(addDaniel, names)))

 'Daniel RadCliffe',
 'Daniel Craig',
 'Daniel Dae Kim',
 'Daniel Gilles',
 'Daniel Sharman'


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  • So the map function goes through each element and executes the altering function on the current element.
  • Then the return value of the altering function is added as an element to the new list.

python map()

					def add(n):
    return n + n

numbers = (9, 5, 7, 3)
result = map(add, numbers)

# [18, 10, 14, 6]


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					def myfunc(n):
  return len(n)

names = ['RadCliffe', 'Craig', 'Dae Kim', 'Gilles', 'Sharman']

print(list(map(myfunc, names)))

# [9, 5, 7, 6, 7]