## Problem 18, help reading in list from external file

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### Problem 18, help reading in list from external file

On this problem, I am trying to create a 2d array with all the numbers given in problem 18 (http://projecteuler.net/problem=18)
Basically what I want is, if I have a file that looks like:
1 2
3 4
I want to read that in where list[0][0] = 1, list[0][1] = 2, list[1][0] = 3 and list[1][1] = 4 (i may have those indices switched, its been a while but that doesnt matter). How can I do this, where the numbers in the target file are seperated by spaces?
First I tried:
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`f = open('file.txt', 'r')for line in f:     l.append(line)`

but that doesnt work cause you can't append to a 2d array. Then I tried:
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`with open('file.txt','r') as f:f = open('file.txt', 'r')for line in f.readlines():     a = line.split(' ')     l.append(a)`

where l is defined as: l=np.zeros(shape=(15,15))

I tried the last one at the suggestion of a friend but it would even compile. I also tried the method:
and all that did was append to the list the first element of each line.

What am I doing wrong and how can I read this data in to create a list like the one I want? Thanks in advance for any help.
- Bill
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### Re: Problem 18, help reading in list from external file

A very basic way to do that:
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`numbers = []with open('file.txt') as f:    for line in f:        numbers.append(line.split())`

That will contain numbers as strings.
You can use int() to make them actual numbers.
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