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Python Python Collections (2016, retired 2019) Slices Slice Functions

1,427 Points

Python collections, second challenge, task 4/4 My code : def reverse_evens(x): return x[::-2] Won't accept it

Googled it, 10 times, watched the video 5 times,tryied code in Atom and Brackets and worked. Maybe I don't get something. I'd like to use some help here please..

def first_4(list1):
    return list1[0:4]
def first_and_last_4(list2):
    return list2[0:4]+list2[-4:]
def odds(list3):
    return list3[1::2]
def reverse_evens(x):
    return x[::-2]

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,980 Points

You're half right. Based on the length of the list, that code will return the even indexed items in reverse sometimes.

But to make it work every time, you'll need to implement one of these two strategies:

  • use the length of the list to determine which item to start with
  • extract the even indexes first, then reverse them in a separate operation

Either method will do the job when implemented correctly (but the second one might be easier).

1,427 Points

Thank you very much for your assistance!