How to find the cumulative sum of numbers in a list?

If you’re doing much numerical work with arrays like this, I’d suggest numpy, which comes with a cumulative sum function cumsum:

import numpy as np

a = [4,6,12]

#array([4, 10, 22])

Numpy is often faster than pure python for this kind of thing, see in comparison to @Ashwini’s accumu:

In [136]: timeit list(accumu(range(1000)))
10000 loops, best of 3: 161 us per loop

In [137]: timeit list(accumu(xrange(1000)))
10000 loops, best of 3: 147 us per loop

In [138]: timeit np.cumsum(np.arange(1000))
100000 loops, best of 3: 10.1 us per loop

But of course if it’s the only place you’ll use numpy, it might not be worth having a dependence on it.

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