Lambdas are one line functions. They are also known as anonymous functions in some other languages. You might want to use lambdas when you don't want to use a function twice in a program. They are just like normal functions and even behave like them.
lambda argument: manipulate(argument)
add = lambda x, y: x + y print(add(3, 5)) # Output: 8
Here are a few useful use cases for lambdas and just a few ways in which they are used in the wild:
a = [(1, 2), (4, 1), (9, 10), (13, -3)] a.sort(key=lambda x: x) print(a) # Output: [(13, -3), (4, 1), (1, 2), (9, 10)]
Parallel sorting of lists
data = zip(list1, list2) data.sort() list1, list2 = map(lambda t: list(t), zip(*data))