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Python supports object-oriented programming and has a concise, readable, and easy-to-learn syntax. It is no wonder that it is one of the most popular programming languages. An integral part of Python are its built-in functions.
We've written a series of articles to help you learn and brush up on the most useful Python functions. In this article, we’ll learn about Python's slice() function and how to use it.
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Python’s slice() function returns a slice object that specifies how to slice a sequence. We can specify where to start and end the slicing as well as the slicing step size. The sequence of objects to be sliced can be of any type, such as tuple, string, bytes, list, range, the object that implements __getitem__() and __len__(), etc.
Python slice() function returns a sliced object that contains elements only in the desired range.
Here, we take a look at how to use the slice() function in Python the next time you need it:
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Q1. How do we slice an input in Python?
You can slice an input in Python using the slice() function.
Q2. What does the slice() function in Python return?
The slice() function returns a slice object which specifies how to slice the sequence.
Q3. How is a slice notation passed in Python?
The function slice() in Python takes up to three parameters: start index, end index, and step in order to slice a sequence. It returns a slice object.
Q4. Does slice() raise an error for out of bound indices?
No, slice() doesn't raise an error if both start and stop indices are out of bounds in the context of the sequence length. It just returns an empty sequence.
Q5. How does Python handle degenerate slices for strings?
In Python’s slice() function, an index larger than the string size is replaced by the string size. If the end index is smaller than the start index, we get an empty string.
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