What is lambda in Python?

Lambda, the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet , is the symbol for wavelength . Lambda comes from the Lambda Calculus and refers to anonymous functions in programming.

python lambda function

In Python, Lambda is an expression . Lambda's body is a single expression, not a block of statements. Because it is limited to an expression, a lambda is less general than a def you can only squeeze so much logic into a lambda body without using statements such as if. This is not exactly the same as lambda in functional programming languages, but it is a very powerful concept that's well integrated into Python and is often used in conjunction with typical functional concepts like map() , filter() and reduce() . Moreover, Lambda can be used wherever function objects are required.

The general syntax of a lambda function is quite simple:

The argument list consists of a comma separated list of arguments and the expression is an arithmetic expression using these arguments.

Here's an example. You can build a function in the normal way, using def, like this:

Using lambda:


Lambda allows you to write quick throw away functions without naming them. It also provides a nice way to write closures also.


Find the sum of two numbers using lambda


Lambda in Conditional expressions:

result = lambda x: "Bigger than 100" if x > 100 else "Smaller than 100"



Map example using lambda


Filter example using lambda


Reduce example using lambda


Calculating the sum of the numbers from 1 to 1000 using lambda

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