FAQ: Creating and Modifying a List in Python - Zip

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Hey guys, two questions – first and foremost, why do zipped, nested lists display with parentheses instead of brackets, given that brackets are the signifiers for lists? Is it to avoid syntax errors? That is, why does

some_list = ["Terry", "Joanne", "Mark"] another_list = [12, 46, 28] zipped_list = zip(some_list, another_list) print(list(zipped_list))

Produce:
[('Terry', 12), ('Joanne', 46), ('Mark', 28)]

Instead of:
[['Terry', 12], ['Joanne', 46], ['Mark', 28]]

Second question is, why wouldn’t you always assign the variable as a list object? That is:

some_list = ["Terry", "Joanne", "Mark"] another_list = [12, 46, 28] zipped_list = list(zip(some_list, another_list)) print(zipped_list)
Is there some utility I’m not aware of to saving a variable as that positional object rather than the list type?

Thanks all!

Because they are not lists, they tuples (which are immutable lists).

zip() is an iterator, here is the official docs:

https://wiki.python.org/moin/Iterator

otherwise google: python iterator, that might result in less in-depth simpler articles :wink:

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