How to select only last names?

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Hi! To find out what I can do, say @discobot display help.

for name in author_names:
  author_last_names.append(name[name.index(" ") + 1:])

print(author_last_names)   

I looked at the solution for the problem because I had figured there was probably a more elegant solution. Thankfully, I was right! This is what my original answer was. My thought process was to find the index of the " " or space in between the first name and last name and then add whatever was after that.

The problem with this, just like using [1] instead of [-1] in the solution is that if there was a middle name, it would add both the middle name and name to author_last_names.

I love coming into the forums to see explanations of the solutions or seeing other’s thought processes because it allows me to learn more than the lessons teach and I can reflect back on my own work! Good luck to anyone else learning or just brushing up on topics!

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authors = “Audre Lorde,Gabriela Mistral,Jean Toomer,An Qi,Walt Whitman,Shel Silverstein,Carmen Boullosa,Kamala Suraiyya,Langston Hughes,Adrienne Rich,Nikki Giovanni”

author_names = authors.split(’,’)

count = 0
author_last_names=
for i in author_names:
lst = author_names[count].split()
author_last_names.append(lst[-1])
count += 1
print(author_last_names)

This was my solution. I added a comma to the end of the authors string.