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Python Exercises: Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of a list

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Write a Python program to calculate the largest and gap lowest between sorted elements of a list of integers.

Sample Data:
{1, 2 ,9, 0, 4, 6} -> 3
{23, -2, 45, 38, 12, 4, 6} -> 15

Sample Solution-1:

Python Code:

def test(nums):
    nums.sort()
    max_gap = max(b-a for a, b in zip(nums, nums[1:]))
    min_gap = min(b-a for a, b in zip(nums, nums[1:]))
    return max_gap, min_gap
nums = [0, 9, 2, 4, 5, 6]
print("Original list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))
nums = [23, -2, 45, 38, 12, 4, 6]
print("\nOriginal list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))
nums = [1, 2, 3]
print("\nOriginal list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))
nums = [-4, -3, 5, 20, 10, 1]
print("\nOriginal list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))

Sample Output:

Original list:
[0, 9, 2, 4, 5, 6]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (3, 1)

Original list:
[23, -2, 45, 38, 12, 4, 6]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (15, 2)

Original list:
[1, 2, 3]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (1, 1)

Original list:
[-4, -3, 5, 20, 10, 1]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (10, 1)

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Flowchart: Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of a list.

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Sample Solution-2:

Python Code:

def test(nums):
    nums.sort()
    return max([sorted(nums)[i]-sorted(nums)[i-1]  for i in range(1,len(nums))]), min([sorted(nums)[i]-sorted(nums)[i-1]  for i in range(1,len(nums))])    
nums = [0, 9, 2, 4, 5, 6]
print("Original list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))
nums = [23, -2, 45, 38, 12, 4, 6]
print("\nOriginal list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))
nums = [1, 2, 3]
print("\nOriginal list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))
nums = [-4, -3, 5, 20, 10, 1]
print("\nOriginal list:")
print(nums)
print("Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list:", test(nums))

Sample Output:

Original list:
[0, 9, 2, 4, 5, 6]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (3, 1)

Original list:
[23, -2, 45, 38, 12, 4, 6]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (15, 2)

Original list:
[1, 2, 3]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (1, 1)

Original list:
[-4, -3, 5, 20, 10, 1]
Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of the said list: (10, 1)

Flowchart:

Flowchart: Largest, lowest gap between sorted values of a list.

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Python: Tips of the Day

Getting sorted iterable (can sort by "compare" function):

>>> a = [1, 2, -3]
>>> sorted(a)
[-3, 1, 2]

>>> sorted(a,key=abs)
[1, 2, -3]