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Python: Return the symmetric difference between two iterables, without filtering out duplicate values

Python List: Exercise - 242 with Solution

Write a Python program to get the symmetric difference between two iterables, without filtering out duplicate values.

  • Create a set from each list.
  • Use a list comprehension on each of them to only keep values not contained in the previously created set of the other.

Sample Solution:

Python Code:

def symmetric_difference(x, y):
  (_x, _y) = (set(x), set(y))
  return [item for item in x if item not in _y] + [item for item in y
          if item not in _x]
print(symmetric_difference([10, 20, 30], [10, 20, 40]))

Sample Output:

[30, 40]

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Floor Division:

When we speak of division we normally mean (/) float division operator, this will give a precise result in float format with decimals.

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Output:

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