# Julia: How to Combine Two Arrays But with Pairs

Hongtao Hao / 2021-07-05

The following codes were tested under Julia v1.6.1 and DataFrames v1.2.0.

I saw a question of the same title for Python.

Let’s say we have a = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and b = ["a", "b", "c", "d", "e"]. What we want is c = [(1, "a"), (2, "b"), (3, "c"), (4, "d"), (5, "e")].

The first solution is hamza sadiqi’s own answer to his own question:

julia> using DataFrames

julia> a = 1:5
1:5

julia> b = 'a':'e'
'a':1:'e'

julia> c = [(a[i], b[i]) for i in range(1, length = length(a))]
5-element Vector{Tuple{Int64, Char}}:
(1, 'a')
(2, 'b')
(3, 'c')
(4, 'd')
(5, 'e')


from Cameron Bieganek’s answer on Stack Overflow, I realized that I can use the zip function .

zip will return an iterator. We’ll need the collect function which returns all items in the iterator created by zip.

julia> z = zip(a,b)
zip(1:5, 'a':1:'e')

julia> typeof(z)
Base.Iterators.Zip{Tuple{UnitRange{Int64}, StepRange{Char, Int64}}}

julia> collect(z)
5-element Vector{Tuple{Int64, Char}}:
(1, 'a')
(2, 'b')
(3, 'c')
(4, 'd')
(5, 'e')


By the way, the equivalent way in Python is list(zip()):

a = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
b = ["a", "b", "c", "d", "e"]
list(zip(a, b))
# returns a list: [(1, 'a'), (2, 'b'), (3, 'c'), (4, 'd'), (5, 'e')]