What is Partial Function in Python ?

Posted by Afsal on 01-Apr-2022

Hi Pythonistas

Today we are going to learn a very simple but interesting topic which is a partial function.Partial functions allow us to set certain arguments to function and create a new function.

Let's see this with an example

from functools import partial

def multiply(a, b):
    return a * b

doubler = partial(multiply, 2)

tripler = partial(multiply, 3)
functools.partial(<function multiply at 0x7f5c6161b1f0>, 2)

In this example, there is a multiply function that takes 2 arguments and returns the product of two arguments

doubler = partial(multiply, 2)

This makes a new function with one argument set as two. So doubler needs only one argument and returns double the input argument

Partial functions help us to create multiple variants of functions without duplicating the code.

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