How to find list intersection?


Question

a = [1,2,3,4,5]
b = [1,3,5,6]
c = a and b
print c

actual output: [1,3,5,6] expected output: [1,3,5]

How can we achieve a boolean AND operation (list intersection) on two lists?

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7/11/2018 8:25:28 AM

Accepted Answer

If order is not important and you don't need to worry about duplicates then you can use set intersection:

>>> a = [1,2,3,4,5]
>>> b = [1,3,5,6]
>>> list(set(a) & set(b))
[1, 3, 5]
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9/13/2010 1:32:48 AM

Using list comprehensions is a pretty obvious one for me. Not sure about performance, but at least things stay lists.

[x for x in a if x in b]

Or "all the x values that are in A, if the X value is in B".


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