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Sets Vs Lists Python Programmer Tips

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Sets are only useful when trying to ensure unique items are preserved. Before sets were available, it was common to process items and check if they exist in a list (or dictionary) before adding them. List example Here unique is an empty list. Every time I compare with this list, and if it is not duplicated then the input item will append to the unique list.  >>> unique = []  >>> for name in ['srini', 'srini', 'rao', 'srini']:  ... if name not in unique:  ... unique.append(name)  ... >>> unique ['srini', 'rao'] There is no need to do this when using sets. Instead of appending you add to a set: Set example >>> for name in ['srini', 'srini', 'rao', 'srini']: ... unique.add(name)  ...  >>> unique {'srini', 'rao'} Just like tuples and lists, interacting with sets have some differences on how to access their items. You can't index them like lists an