Why does my if loop not remove the list of numbers inside messy_list?
I thought that using "if type(item) is not int" would remove the list of numbers within messy_list.
I tried testing type([1, 2, 3]) in the REPL and it tells me that the class is 'list'.
I don't see why my loop would not remove the list then. Can anyone help me with this?
messy_list = ["a", 2, 3, 1, False, [1, 2, 3]] # Your code goes below here messy_list.insert(0, messy_list.pop(3)) # Loop through each item in messy_list for item in messy_list: if type(item) is not int: messy_list.remove(item)
Dave StSomeWhere19,731 Points
It is because you are modifying the same list you are iterating over. When you do a remove, you change that list index and the next time through the loop it will skip an entry.
First time through the list your index is 0 and you check the letter "a". Then you remove the letter a. Next time through the list you inspect index 1 which is now 3 (not 2 as expected - which isn't really noticed since 2 doesn't get removed anyway). Now when you get to
False and remove it, you'll skip that final nested list.
You need to loop a copy of the list.