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## 9.11 Generator Expressions

Some simple generators can be coded succinctly as expressions using a syntax similar to list comprehensions but with parentheses instead of square brackets. These expressions are designed for situations where the generator is used right away by an enclosing function. Generator expressions are more compact but less versatile than full generator definitions and tend to be more memory friendly than equivalent list comprehensions.

Examples:

>>> sum(i*i for i in range(10)) # sum of squares 285 >>> xvec = [10, 20, 30] >>> yvec = [7, 5, 3] >>> sum(x*y for x,y in zip(xvec, yvec)) # dot product 260 >>> from math import pi, sin >>> sine_table = dict((x, sin(x*pi/180)) for x in range(0, 91)) >>> unique_words = set(word for line in page for word in line.split()) >>> valedictorian = max((student.gpa, student.name) for student in graduates) >>> data = 'golf' >>> list(data[i] for i in range(len(data)-1,-1,-1)) ['f', 'l', 'o', 'g']

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