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What is the difference between shallow and deep copying in Python?

In Python, when you create a copy of a list or any other compound object, you have two options for how the copy is created: shallow copying and deep copying.

Shallow copying creates a new object that references the original object. Changes to the original object will affect the copied object, and vice versa. This is accomplished using the **copy.copy** function or the shallow copy constructor **object.__copy__()**.

Deep copying, on the other hand, creates a new object that is a completely independent copy of the original object. Changes to the original object will not affect the copied object, and vice versa. This is accomplished using the **copy.deepcopy** function or the deep copy constructor **object.__deepcopy__()**.

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