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s 
A Python string variable 
i 
A Python integer variable 
f 
A Python float variable 
l 
A Python list variable 
d 
A Python dictionary variable 
Lists
l.pop(3) 
Returns the fourth item from l and deletes it from the list 
l.remove(x) 
Removes the first item in l that is equal to x 
l.reverse() 
Reverses the order of the items in l 
l[1::2] 
Returns every second item from l , commencing from the 1 st item 
l[5:] 
Returns the last 5 items from l 
Strings
s.lower() 
Returns a lowercase version of s 
s.title() 
Returns s with the first letter of every word capitalized 
"23".zfill(4) 
Returns "0023" by leftfilling the string with 0 ’s to make it’s length 4 . 
s.splitlines() 
Returns a list by splitting the string on any newline characters. 
Python strings share some common methods with lists 

s[:5] 
Returns the first 5 characters of s 
"fri" + "end" 
Returns "friend" 
"end" in s 
Returns True if the substring "end" is found in s 
Range
Range objects are useful for creating sequences of integers for looping.
range(5) 
Returns a sequence from 0 to 4 
range(2000,2018) 
Returns a sequence from 2000 to 2017 
range(0,11,2) 
Returns a sequence from 0 to 10 , with each item incrementing by 2 
range(0,10,1) 
Returns a sequence from 0 to 9 
list(range(5)) 
Returns a list from 0 to 4 
Dictionaries
max(d, key=d.get) 
Return the key that corresponds to the largest value in d 
min(d, key=d.get) 
Return the key that corresponds to the smallest value in d 
Sets
my_set = set(l) 
Returns a set object containing the unique values from l 
len(my_set) 
Returns the number of objects in my_set (or, the number of unique values from l ) 
a in my_set 
Returns True if the value a exists in my_set 
Regular expressions
import re 
Import the Regular Expressions module 
re.search("abc",s) 
Returns a match object if the regex "abc" is found in s , otherwise None 
re.sub("abc","xyz",s) 
Returns a string where all instances matching regex "abc" are replaced by "xyz" 
List comprehension
A oneline expression of a for loop
[i ** 2 for i in range(10)] 
Returns a list of the squares of values from 0 to 9 
[s.lower() for s in l_strings] 
Returns the list l_strings , with each item having had the .lower() method applied 
[i for i in l_floats if i < 0.5] 
Returns the items from l_floats that are less than 0.5 
Functions for looping
for i, value in enumerate(l):
print("The value of item {} is {}".format(i,value))

Iterates over the list l , printing the index location of each item and its value 
for one, two in zip(l_one,l_two):
print("one: {}, two: {}".format(one,two))

Iterates over two lists, l_one and l_two and print each value 

Runs the code in the body of the loop until the value of x is no longer less than 10 
Datetime
import datetime as dt 
Import sthe datetime module 
now = dt.datetime.now() 
Assigns datetime object representing the current time to now 
wks4 = dt.datetime.timedelta(weeks=4) 
Assigns a timedelta object representing a timespan of 4 weeks to wks4 
now  wks4 
Returns a datetime object representing the time 4 weeks prior to now 
newyear_2020 = dt.datetime(year=2020, month=12, day=31) 
Assigns a datetime object representing December 25, 2020 to newyear_2020 
newyear_2020.strftime("%A, %b %d, %Y") 
Returns "Thursday, Dec 31, 2020" 
dt.datetime.strptime('Dec 31, 2020',"%b %d, %Y") 
Returns a datetime object representing December 31, 2020 
Random
import random 
Imports the random module 
random.random() 
Returns a random float between 0.0 and 1.0 
random.randint(0,10) 
Returns a random integer between 0 and 10 
random.choice(l) 
Returns a random item from the list l 
Counter
from collections import Counter 
Imports the Counter class 
c = Counter(l) 
Assigns a Counter (dictlike) object with the counts of each unique item from l , to c 
c.most_common(3) 
Returns the 3 most common items from l 
Try/Except
Catch and deal with errors
l_ints = [1, 2, 3, "", 5]

Assigns a list of integers with one missing value to l_ints 
l_floats = []
for i in l_ints:
try:
l_floats.append(float(i))
except:
l_floats.append(i)

Converts each value of l_ints to a float, catching and handling ValueError: could not convert string to float: where values are missing. 
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