Monday, September 20, 2021

Calculator Python: Lambda Functions

Calculator Python: Lambda Functions

Introduction to Lambda Functions

Lambda functions are a quick, one expression, one line, python function.   Lambda functions do not require to be named though they can be named for future use if desired.  

The syntax for lambda functions are:

One argument:

lambda  argument : expression

Two or more arguments:

lambda  arg1, arg2, arg3, ...  : expression

The expression must return one result.  

The quick, versatile of lambda functions are make lambda functions one of the most popular programming tools.

Filter, Map, and Reduce

Filter:  uses a lambda function to filter out elements of a list and array using criteria.   For a list, the list command must be used to turn the result into an actual list. 


Syntax using Lambda and List:  

list(filter(lambda  arguments : expression))

Map:  uses a lambda function to apply a function to each element of a list.  Like filter, the list command must be used to turn the result into an actual list.

Syntax using Lambda and Map:

list(map(lambda arguments : expression))

Reduce:  uses a lambda function to use two or more arguments in a recursive function.

Syntax using Lambda:

reduce((lambda arguments : expressions), list)

Note, as of August 31, 2021, that the reduce command is NOT available on any calculator, only on full version of Python 3.  This may change with future updates.  

The following calculators have these commands in their Python programming (as of 8/30/2021):

HP Prime:  lambda, filter, map

Casio fx-CG 50 and fx-9750GIII: lambda, map

Numworks: lambda, filter, map

TI-84 Plus CE Python:  lambda, filter, map

TI-Nspire CX II Python:  lambda, filter, map

Nuwmorks Sample Python File:

from math import *

from random import *

# lambda test


tens=lambda x:int(x/10)%10

hunds=lambda x:int(x/100)%10

thous=lambda x:int(x/1000)%10








print("Filter demonstration")

print("Greater than 3")

l2=list(filter(lambda x:x>3,l1))


print("Odd numbers")

l3=list(filter(lambda x:x%2!=0,l1))


print("Map demonstration")

print("Triple the numbers")

l4=list(map(lambda x:3*x,l1))



l5=list(map(lambda x:exp(x)-1,l1))



Maina, Susan "Lambda Functions with Practical Examples in Python"  Towards Data Science (membership blog with limited free access per month)  Retrieved August 29, 2021

Simplilearn  "Learn Lambda in Python with Syntax and Examples"  April 28, 2021.  Retrieved August 29, 2021

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Eddie, nice to be able to us Python in some calculators! A small aside: your example code is right: the syntax of map and filter are like the one of reduce: the first parameter expects a function / lambda, the second one is an iterable (such as a list). You only mentioned the first parameter in the syntax of map and filter.

    Regards, Marko


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