Python Example – Write a Python program to find the second smallest number in a list

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Write a Python program to find the second smallest number in a list.

 

Sample Solution

Python Code:

def second_smallest(numbers):
  if (len(numbers)<2):
    return
  if ((len(numbers)==2)  and (numbers[0] == numbers[1]) ):
    return
  dup_items = set()
  uniq_items = []
  for x in numbers:
    if x not in dup_items:
      uniq_items.append(x)
      dup_items.add(x)
  uniq_items.sort()    
  return  uniq_items[1]   

print(second_smallest([1, 2, -8, -2, 0, -2]))
print(second_smallest([1, 1, 0, 0, 2, -2, -2]))
print(second_smallest([1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2, -2, -2]))
print(second_smallest([2,2]))
print(second_smallest([2]))

Sample Output:

-2
0
0
None
None

 

Write a Python program to find the second smallest number in a list

 

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