Returning the positions of a list that are non-zero

Benjamin Goudey bwgoudey at
Wed Jul 9 07:26:36 CEST 2008

I have a very large list of integers representing data needed for a
histogram that I'm going to plot using pylab. However, most of these
values (85%-95%) are zero and I would like to remove them to reduce
the amount of memory I'm using and save time when it comes to plotting
the data. To do this, I'm trying to find the best way to remove all of
the zero values and produce a list of indices of where the non-zero
values used to be.

For example, if my original list is [0,0,1,2,1,0,0] I would like to
produce the lists [1,2,1] (the non zero values) and [2,3,4] (indices
of where the non-zero values used to be). Removing non-zero values is
very easy but determining the indicies is where I'm having difficulty.

Thanks in advance for any help

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