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

Derick Ho
Derick Ho
3,113 Points

Why is my answer still wrong?

The solution is correct but it won't let me continue because it tells me that the solution is wrong. although i tested the code and it returns exactly what it is asking for. This problem is specific to the problem of reverse_evens problem

def first_4(items):
    return items[:4]

def first_and_last_4(items):
    first = items[:4]

    second = items[-4:]
    return first

def odds(items):
    return items[1::2]

def reverse_evens(items):
    return items[-1::-2]

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,952 Points

Your solution might seem correct when tested with "lucky data". It will produce the expected output half of the time.

There's two strategies that will yield correct output in all cases:

  • compute the starting position based on the length (actually even/odd-ness) of the list
  • extract the even indexed items first, and then reverse them in a separate operation

Hint: Either method works when correctly implemented, but the second one might be a bit simpler to do.

Derick Ho
Derick Ho
3,113 Points

Thank You! You were correct.