RE: How to reverse a list in Python?

I have a list which I need to reverse. What is the most efficient way to reverse a list in Python?

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Python provides several methods to reverse a list. Here are a few common ones, each with their own advantages: 1. **Using the inbuilt `reverse()` function:** This method modifies the original list. ```python list = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] list.reverse() print(list) # Output: [5, 4, 3, 2, 1] ``` Keep in mind that this changes the original list. If you need to the keep the original list as it is, consider using the second method. 2. **Using slicing:** This technique creates a reversed copy of the list. ```python list = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] reversed_list = list[::-1] print(reversed_list) # Output: [5, 4, 3, 2, 1] ``` The `[::-1]` slice is a quick and concise way to make a reversed copy of a list. Your original list remains unchanged. 3. **Using the `reversed()` function:** This returns a reverse iterator which is useful if you just need to iterate over the list in reverse order, but don't actually need a reversed list. This also doesn't modify the original list. ```python list = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] for item in reversed(list): print(item) ``` This will print the list items in reverse order, but if you check your original list, it is still intact. In terms of efficiency, if you're just trying to iterate through a list in reverse, the `reversed()` function is likely the most efficient as it does not require extra space to store a reversed version of your list. However, keep in mind the functionality you need for your application. If you require a reversed version of your list to use in more than one place in your code, using the `reverse()` function or list slicing may be more efficient to avoid creating multiple reversed iterators.
Answered on September 2, 2023.
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