N min elements

Python, List, Math · Nov 2, 2020

Returns the n minimum elements from the provided list.

  • Use sorted() to sort the list.
  • Use slice notation to get the specified number of elements.
  • Omit the second argument, n, to get a one-element list.
  • If n is greater than or equal to the provided list's length, then return the original list (sorted in ascending order).
def min_n(lst, n = 1):
  return sorted(lst, reverse = False)[:n]
min_n([1, 2, 3]) # [1]
min_n([1, 2, 3], 2) # [1, 2]

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