The most Pythonic way to convert a list of tuples to a string is to use the built-in method
str(...). If you want to customize the delimiter string, the most Pythonic way is to concatenate the
join() method and the
'\n'.join(map(str, lst)) to convert all tuples to strings and gluing those together with the new-line delimiter
Exercise: Run the interactive code snippet. Which method do you like most?
Method 1: Default String Conversion
Say, you’ve got a list of tuples, and you want to convert it to a string (e.g., see this SO post). The easiest way to accomplish this is to use the default string conversion method
>>> lst = [(1,1), (2,1), (4,2)] >>> str(lst) '[(1, 1), (2, 1), (4, 2)]'
The result is a nicely formatted string representation of your list of tuples.
Method 2: Join() and Map()
lst = [(1,1), (2,1), (4,2)] print('--'.join(map(str, lst))) # (1, 1)--(2, 1)--(4, 2)
map() function transforms each tuple into a string value, and the
join() method transforms the collection of strings to a single string—using the given delimiter
'--'. If you forget to transform each tuple into a string with the
map() function, you’ll get a
TypeError because the
join() method expects a collection of strings.
Method 3: Flatten List of Tuples
lst = [(1,1), (2,1), (4,2)] print('\n'.join([str(x) for t in lst for x in t])) ''' 1 1 2 1 4 2 '''
If you want to redefine how to print each tuple—for example, separating all tuple values by a single whitespace character—use the following method based on a combination of the
join() method and the
map() function with a custom lambda function
lambda x: str(x) + ' ' + str(x) to be applied to each list element.
lst = [(1,1), (2,1), (4,2)] print('\n'.join(map(lambda x: str(x) + ' ' + str(x), lst))) ''' 1 1 2 1 4 2 '''
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