## Problem

How can I make a list that only contains zeros? I’d like to be able to generate a zeros list for each integer in the range (10)

For example, if the range’s int was 4, I’d get:

```
[0,0,0,0]
```

and for 7:

```
[0,0,0,0,0,0,0]
```

Asked by user1040563

## Solution #1

```
#add code here to figure out the number of 0's you need, naming the variable n.
listofzeros = [0] * n
```

If you’d rather put it in a function, simply paste that code in and add return listofzeros.

Which would look like this:

```
def zerolistmaker(n):
listofzeros = [0] * n
return listofzeros
```

sample output:

```
>>> zerolistmaker(4)
[0, 0, 0, 0]
>>> zerolistmaker(5)
[0, 0, 0, 0, 0]
>>> zerolistmaker(15)
[0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]
>>>
```

Answered by Tiffany

## Solution #2

```
$python 2.7.8
from timeit import timeit
import numpy
timeit("list(0 for i in xrange(0, 100000))", number=1000)
> 8.173301935195923
timeit("[0 for i in xrange(0, 100000)]", number=1000)
> 4.881675958633423
timeit("[0] * 100000", number=1000)
> 0.6624710559844971
timeit('list(itertools.repeat(0, 100000))', 'import itertools', number=1000)
> 1.0820629596710205
```

To make a list containing n zeros, you should use [0] * n.

See why [] is more efficient than a list ()

However, both itertools have a catch. repeat and [0] * n will generate lists with the same id as the elements. This is not a problem with immutable objects like integers or strings but if you try to create list of mutable objects like a list of lists ([[]] * n) then all the elements will refer to the same object.

```
a = [[]] * 10
a[0].append(1)
a
> [[1], [1], [1], [1], [1], [1], [1], [1], [1], [1]]
```

[0] * n creates the list instantaneously, whereas repeat creates the list slowly when it is accessed for the first time.

Numpy arrays are superior if you’re dealing with a lot of data and your problem doesn’t require changeable list lengths or multiple data types within the list.

```
timeit('numpy.zeros(100000, numpy.int)', 'import numpy', number=1000)
> 0.057849884033203125
```

In addition, numpy arrays will use less RAM.

Answered by Seppo Erviälä

## Solution #3

Multiplying a one-element list by n is the simplest approach to make a list with all the same values.

```
>>> [0] * 4
[0, 0, 0, 0]
```

So here’s the deal with your loop:

```
for i in range(10):
print [0] * i
```

Answered by Andrew Clark

## Solution #4

```
$ python3
>>> from itertools import repeat
>>> list(repeat(0, 7))
[0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]
```

Answered by kev

## Solution #5

```
zlists = [[0] * i for i in range(10)]
```

zlists[0] is a list of 0 zeroes, zlists[1] is a list of 1 zero, zlists[2] is a list of 2 zeroes, etc.

Answered by kindall

**Post is based on https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8528178/list-of-zeros-in-python**