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What * and ** do for param2 in the following:

def foo(param1, *param2):
def bar(param1, **param2):

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The * will give tuple for all the functions parameters whereas ** performs all keyword arguments except some which are formal parameters in dictionary. 

See following commands for Ref.


def f(*args):

             for arg in args:




def f(q,w)

     return q+w

def g(**kwargs)

   return f(**kwargs)

g(q=2, w=3)

Doubts are welcomed in comments, Happy Learning.

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* and ** have special usage in the function argument list. * implies that the argument is a list and ** implies that an argument is a dictionary. This allows functions to take an arbitrary number of arguments

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