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What exactly are lambda functions?


Cowboy Denny

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Lambda functions are intended as a shorthand for defining functions that can come in handy to write concise code without wasting multiple lines defining a function. They are also known as anonymous functions, since they do not have a name unless assigned one.

 

Why are lambda functions useful?

Okay, so lambda functions are quirky and somewhat cool, but what’s the point of having them? Can’t we just use regular function definitions all the time?

Technically, yes — but that doesn’t mean lambda functions are useless. Their primary benefit lies in their simplicity and convenience. When writing code — especially Python code — readability is of the utmost importance. Lambda functions are a brilliant way to make code more readable and concise.

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