Write a Python program to get the smallest number from a list | Example code

Using the min() function, you can easily write a Python program to get the smallest number from a list. You can also do list sorting and get the first element in the list.

Python program to get the smallest number from a list

A simple example code gets the smallest number from a list.

``````list1 = [10, 20, 100, 40, 90]

res = min(list1)

print("Smallest number is:", res)``````

Output:

Another way is by sorting the list

Sort the list in ascending order and the first element in the list will be the smallest number. The list index starts from 0, so the first element will be list[0].

``````list1 = [10, 20, 100, 40, 90]

list1.sort()

print(list1[0])
``````

Output: 10

Using for loop with a custom function

``````list1 = [10, 20, 100, 40, 90]

def small_num(list):
min = list[0]
for a in list:
if a < min:
min = a
return min

res = small_num(list1)

print(res)``````

Using a loop:

``````def find_smallest_number(numbers):
if not numbers:
return None  # Handle an empty list
smallest = numbers[0]  # Initialize with the first element
for num in numbers:
if num < smallest:
smallest = num
return smallest

# Example usage:
my_list = [5, 2, 9, 1, 7]
smallest_number = find_smallest_number(my_list)
print("The smallest number is:", smallest_number)
``````

Using the `min()` function:

``````def find_smallest_number(numbers):
if not numbers:
return None  # Handle an empty list
return min(numbers)

# Example usage:
my_list = [5, 2, 9, 1, 7]
smallest_number = find_smallest_number(my_list)
print("The smallest number is:", smallest_number)
``````

Both approaches will give you the smallest number in the list. The `min()` function is more concise and efficient, so it’s generally recommended for this task.

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Note: IDE: PyCharm 2021.3.3 (Community Edition)

Windows 10

Python 3.10.1

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