# What is the use of the "count" function in Python?

In Python, the **count()** function is part of the **itertools** module and is used to generate an infinite arithmetic progression of numbers. It returns an iterator that produces consecutive values starting from a specified number, with a specified step size.

The **count()** function takes two optional arguments:

**start**(default: 0): The number to start the arithmetic progression from.**step**(default: 1): The difference between consecutive numbers in the arithmetic progression.

Here's an example to demonstrate the usage of the **count()** function:

```
import itertools
for num in itertools.count(1, 2):
print(num)
# Output: 1 3 5 7 9 ...
```

In this example, the **count()** function generates an infinite sequence of numbers starting from **1** with a step of **2**. The **for** loop iterates over the **count()** iterator and prints each number. Since the **count()** iterator is infinite, the loop continues indefinitely, generating and printing consecutive odd numbers.

The **count()** function is commonly used when you need to generate an infinite sequence of numbers or iterate over a large range of numbers efficiently. It allows you to create a generator for arithmetic progressions without the need to manually define a loop or maintain a counter variable.