Advanced Python Code Challenges: Lists

Difficult Python Code Challenges involving Lists

This article will help you review Python functions by providing some code challenges involving lists.

Some of these challenges are difficult! Take some time to think about them before starting to code.

You might not get the solution correct on your first try — look at your output, try to find where you’re going wrong, and iterate on your solution.

Finally, if you get stuck, use our solution code! However, truly investigate that solution — experiment and play with the solution code until you have a good grasp of how it is working. Good luck!

Function Syntax

As a refresher, function syntax looks like this:

def some_function(some_input1, some_input2): # … do something with the inputs … return output

For example, a function that returns the sum of the first and last elements of a given list might look like this:

def first_plus_last(lst): return lst[0] + lst[-1]

And this would produce output like:

>>> first_plus_last([1, 2, 3, 4]) 5 >>> first_plus_last([8, 2, 5, -8]) 0 >>> first_plus_last([-10, 2, 3, -4]) -14

Challenges

We’ve included 5 list challenges below. Try to answer all of them and polish up your problem-solving skills and your list expertise!

1. Every Three Numbers