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Python Python Collections (2016, retired 2019) Sets Set Math

Joseph Ferrero
Joseph Ferrero
1,308 Points

Hello, Can someone explain why this doesnt work? I'm not really sure what else to do. Thanks, Joseph Ferrero

Just need some help

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def covers(topics):
    overlap = []
    for course in courses:
    return overlap

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

Let's look at what your code is doing:

def covers(topics):
    overlap = []  # initialize list
    for course in courses:  # "courses" is not defined. Did you mean COURSES
        # 'course' here is each of the dictionary keys
        overlap.append(topics.intersection(course))  # intersecting topics set with course name (string)
    return overlap

Running this in the REPL returns four empty sets: [set(), set(), set(), set()]

Try these:

  • In for loop, change "courses" to COURSES
  • look at both the key and value using: for course_name, course_topics in COURSES.items():
  • perform intersection between topics and course_topics
  • append course_name