### Introduction

Today we will discuss some tips on manipulating lists in Python 3 that will help you especially in competitive programming

We will discuss four techniques:

Performing Multiple Swaps on Rows and columns Efficiently

Initializing a 2D Matrix

Deleting an Element from a List That You’re Iterating Upon

Getting the Transpose of a Matrix

### Performing Multiple Swaps on Rows and columns Efficiently

**Steps:**

Store the matrix in a list of lists

Create two dictionaries, one for the rows (that has size equal to the number of rows), and another for the columns (has size equal to the number of columns)

Both keys and values are initialized to the initial indexing of the matrix

The keys for those dictionaries are the original value for the indices of the matrix, the values are the indices after all swap operations

We will access matrix elements using those dictionaries only

**Sample Code:**

```
matrix = [[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6]]
col = {i : i for i in range (3)} # creating columns map
row = {i : i for i in range (2)} # creating rows map
# I will perform three swaps, but you could extend to way more than that!
col[0], col[1] = col[1], col[0] # first swap
row[0], row[1] = row[1], row[0] # second swap
col[2], col[0] = col[0], col[2] # third swap
for i in matrix : # printing the original matrix before the swaps
print (i)
'''
output:
[1, 2, 3]
[4, 5, 6]
'''
# printing the matrix after the swaps
for i in range (2) : # iterate through the whole matrix
for j in range (3) :
print (matrix [row[i]][col[j]], end = ' ') # accessing the matrix using the two maps
print ()
'''
output:
6 4 5
3 1 2
'''
```

### Initializing a 2D Matrix

It seems like an easy topic, but there is a trick that a lot of people don’t get at the first glance

I will show you the wrong way that many got mistaken over, then I will show you the correct method of doing it

#### The Wrong Method

- This method will create four references, all to the same 1-D list
- If you changed any element in the first 1-D list, it will affect the rest of the lists (will affect all elements with the same index as in the first list)
This is because the reference of the first list is the same reference to the rest of the list

**Sample Code:**

```
# The WRONG way
# DO NOT DO THIS!
matrix = [[0] * 3] * 4 # initialization
matrix[0][0] = 1 # change
for i in matrix :
print (i)
'''
output:
[1, 0, 0]
[1, 0, 0]
[1, 0, 0]
[1, 0, 0]
[1, 0, 0]
'''
```

#### The Right Method

- We will use a for loop, It's equivalent to writing multiple statements
- This will create multiple references, one for each row (1-D list)

**Sample Code:**

```
matrix = [[0] * 3 for _ in range (4)] # initialization
matrix[0][0] = 1 # change
for i in matrix :
print (i)
'''
output:
[1, 0, 0]
[0, 0, 0]
[0, 0, 0]
[0, 0, 0]
'''
```

### Deleting an Element from a List That You’re Iterating Upon

- If we deleted some elements from a list while iterating over it, we will get the following error:

IndexError: list index out of range

**Steps of deleting elements from a list while iterating over it correctly:**

Let's call the array that we want to delete elements from (**arr**)

Make a new boolean array, and we called it (**isDeleted**)

If the current element should be deleted, then make the corresponding element in the boolean array = 1

Note that: In the boolean array, the value of one means that the elements should be deleted, value of zero means otherwise

- Make a third array, we called it (**LAfterDeletion**), that will take the elements from
**arr**that correspond to elements in the boolean array with a value of 0

**Sample Code:**

```
L = [1, 2, 3, 5, 66, 7, 8, 4, 23, 12] # making a list
isDeleted = [0] * len (L) # creating the boolean array
LAfterDeletion = [] # create the final array, that will take values after deletion
# Delete the elements that are larger than 5!
for i in range (len (L)) :
if L[i] > 5 :
isDeleted[i] = 1
for i in range (len (isDeleted)) :
if isDeleted[i] == 0:
LAfterDeletion.append(L[i])
print (LAfterDeletion) # [1, 2, 3, 5, 4]
```

### Getting the Transpose of a Matrix

The main idea is based on using the

**zip**function**Zip ()**function takes multiple iterables and returns a generator that contains a series of tuples, where each tuple contains a series of elements, one from each iterableWe could cast this generator to a list

**Sample Code:**

```
lis = [[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], [7, 8, 9]] # declaring the original list
for i in lis :
print (i)
'''
output:
[1, 2, 3]
[4, 5, 6]
[7, 8, 9]
'''
lis = list (zip (*lis)) # first rotation (replacing rows with columns)
# *lis is used to unpack the list of lists to multiple lists, equivalent to: lis[0], lis[1], lis[2]
for i in lis :
print (i)
'''
output:
(1, 4, 7)
(2, 5, 8)
(3, 6, 9)
'''
```

That's it! I hope you learned from it. Happy coding!

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