how to separate a list into two lists?

Gary Herron gherron at
Sat Aug 6 13:15:25 EDT 2011

On 08/06/2011 10:07 AM, smith jack wrote:
> if a list L is composed with tuple consists of two elements, that is
> L = [(a1, b1), (a2, b2) ... (an, bn)]
> is there any simple way to divide this list into two separate lists , such that
> L1 = [a1, a2... an]
> L2=[b1,b2 ... bn]
> i do not want to use loop, any methods to make this done?

List comprehension:

    L1 = [item[0] for item in L]
    L2 = [item[1] for item in L]

which *is* still a loop.  (You are going to have to write *really* 
arcane code to have no loop.)

Gary Herron

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