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In this exercise, we will explore how to use reduce() and filter() together. Let’s consider the following example. We have a tuple representing the menu items for a fictitious restaurant: The Codecademy Steakhouse. We wish to find the least expensive appetizer on the menu. We can express this process by the sentence: “filter the menu for appetizers and return the least expensive one.” Let’s do this imperatively first.

The starting code:

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from collections import namedtuple from functools import reduce # Prices are in USD menu_item = namedtuple("menu_item", ["name", "dish_type", "price"]) jsp = menu_item("Jumbo Shrimp Platter", "Appetizer", 29.95) lc = menu_item("Lobster Cake", "Appetizer", 30.95) scb = menu_item("Sizzling Canadian Bacon", "Appetizer", 9.95) ccc = menu_item("Codecademy Crab Cake", "Appetizer", 32.95) cs = menu_item("Caeser Salad", "Salad", 14.95) mgs = menu_item("Mixed Green Salad", "Salad", 11.95) cp = menu_item("Codecademy Potatoes", "Side", 34.95) mp = menu_item("Mashed Potatoes", "Side", 14.95) rs = menu_item("Ribeye Steak", "Entree", 75.95) phs = menu_item("Porter House Steak", "Entree", 131.95) menu = (jsp, lc, scb, ccc, cs, mgs, cp, mp, rs, phs)

Imperative solution:
# apps only contains items with dish_type == "Appetizer" apps = [i for i in menu if i.dish_type == "Appetizer"] cheapest_app = app[0] for i in apps: if i.price < cheapest_app.price: cheapest_app = i print(cheapest_app) # Output will be: menu_item("Sizzling Canadian Bacon", "Appetizer", 9.95)

We can eliminate the for loop and do this declaratively by using filter() and reduce() like this:

cheapest_app = reduce(lambda x, y: x if x.price < y.price else y, filter(lambda x: x.dish_type == "Appetizer", menu)) print(cheapest_app) # Output will be: menu_item("Sizzling Canadian Bacon", "Appetizer", 9.95)

In the reduce() function, the lambda lambda x, y: x if x.price < y.price else y returns the cheaper of the two menu_items compared by their price.

The filter() function returns an iterable with all menu_items that have “Appetizer” as dish_type. This iterable is then passed into reduce() to be processed by its lambda function. Combining these two functions converts the imperative code into a one-line solution!



Given the extended menu for The Codecademy Steakhouse, using filter() and reduce() find the most expensive dish that is an entree and assign it to a variable called entree. Make sure to print out your answer!


Using filter() and reduce(), find the least expensive dish that is either a side or a salad and assign it to a variable called least_expensive. Make sure to print out your answer!

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