❮ List comprehension and Generator Expression List comprehension vs Generator Expression - lazy evaluation ❯
List comprehension vs Generator Expression - less memory
Let's use a bigger range of numbers and create the corresponding list and generator. Then check the size of both of them. You can see the list is much bigger. That's becuse the list already contains all the elements, while the generator contains only the promise to give you all the elements.
As we could see in the previous example, this is not an empty promise, you can indeed iterate over the elements of a generator just as you can iterate over the elements of a list.
However, you cannot access an arbitrary element of a generator because the generator is not subscriptable.
import sys lst = [n*2 for n in range(1000)] # List comprehension gen = (n*2 for n in range(1000)) # Generator expression print(sys.getsizeof(lst)) print(sys.getsizeof(gen)) print() print(type(lst)) print(type(gen)) print() print(lst) print() print(gen)
9016 112 <class 'list'> <class 'generator'> 8 Traceback (most recent call last): File "generator_expression.py", line 17, in <module> print(gen) TypeError: 'generator' object is not subscriptable