2D List

Gary Herron gherron at digipen.edu
Mon Oct 11 18:55:23 CEST 2010

On 10/11/2010 09:24 AM, Fasihul Kabir wrote:
> a = [0]*5
>  for i in range(0, 4):
>     for j in range(0, i):
>         a[i].append(j)
> why the above codes show the following error. and how to overcome it.
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "<pyshell#10>", line 3, in <module>
>     a[i].append(j)
> AttributeError: 'int' object has no attribute 'append'

Well.... What are you trying to do with the append?  If you are trying 
to grow the list "a" beyond the original 5 zeros you put into it, then 
you need

If you are trying to build a list from the two loops, then don't 
pre-fill "a".  Rather start with an empty list
   a = []
and append to it

Don't know what you want, but there is usually not a need to pre-fill an 
array like this:  a=[0]*5 .   That looks more like declaring an array as 
in C or C++ or many other languages.  And I don't understand the the "5" 
in that.  Looking at your loops, I see that 6 passs through the inner 
loop are produced:

  for i in range(0, 4):
    for j in range(0, i):
      print i,j

1 0
2 0
2 1
3 0
3 1
3 2

In any case.
    Your "a" is a list, containing integers.
    a[i] indexes the list to produce an integer
    a[i].append(...) attempts to append something to an integer -- an 
operation that makes no sense.

Gary Herron, PhD.
Department of Computer Science
DigiPen Institute of Technology
(425) 895-4418

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