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Python: Find the n minimum elements from the provided list

Python List: Exercise - 253 with Solution

Write a Python program to get the n minimum elements from a given list of numbers.

  • Use sorted() to sort the list.
  • Use slice notation to get the specified number of elements.
  • Omit the second argument, n, to get a one-element list.
  • If n is greater than or equal to the provided list's length, then return the original list (sorted in ascending order).

Sample Solution:

Python Code:

def min_n_nums(nums, n = 1):
  return sorted(nums, reverse = False)[:n]

nums = [1, 2, 3]
print("Original list elements:")
print(nums)
print("Minimum values of the said list:", min_n_nums(nums))
nums = [1, 2, 3]
print("\nOriginal list elements:")
print(nums)
print("Two minimum values of the said list:", min_n_nums(nums,2))
nums = [-2, -3, -1, -2, -4, 0, -5]
print("\nOriginal list elements:")
print(nums)
print("Threee minimum values of the said list:", min_n_nums(nums,3))
nums = [2.2, 2, 3.2, 4.5, 4.6, 5.2, 2.9]
print("\nOriginal list elements:")
print(nums)
print("Two minimum values of the said list:", min_n_nums(nums, 2))

Sample Output:

Original list elements:
[1, 2, 3]
Minimum values of the said list: [1]

Original list elements:
[1, 2, 3]
Two minimum values of the said list: [1, 2]

Original list elements:
[-2, -3, -1, -2, -4, 0, -5]
Threee minimum values of the said list: [-5, -4, -3]

Original list elements:
[2.2, 2, 3.2, 4.5, 4.6, 5.2, 2.9]
Two minimum values of the said list: [2, 2.2]

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