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

Leo Marco Corpuz
Leo Marco Corpuz
18,975 Points

set intersection challenge

Any advice on the second part of this challenge?

sets.py
COURSES = {
    "Python Basics": {"Python", "functions", "variables",
                      "booleans", "integers", "floats",
                      "arrays", "strings", "exceptions",
                      "conditions", "input", "loops"},
    "Java Basics": {"Java", "strings", "variables",
                    "input", "exceptions", "integers",
                    "booleans", "loops"},
    "PHP Basics": {"PHP", "variables", "conditions",
                   "integers", "floats", "strings",
                   "booleans", "HTML"},
    "Ruby Basics": {"Ruby", "strings", "floats",
                    "integers", "conditions",
                    "functions", "input"}
}
def covers(topics):
    common_list=[]
    for subject,course in COURSES.items():
        common_subject=topics.intersection(course)
        if len(common_subject)>0:
            common_list.append(subject)
    return common_list

def covers_all(topic_set):
    common_list=[]
    for subject,course in COURSES.items():
        if topic_set=topic_set.intersection(course):
            common_list.append(subject)
    return common_list

1 Answer

Jeff Muday
MOD
Jeff Muday
Treehouse Moderator 28,715 Points

You are so close! You totally have the right idea.

I will modify it slightly... If you check the lengths of "topic_set" to its intersection with "course" with logical equality you will solve this one.

The reason why I am checking length (and not logical set equality) is that sets are not considered to be ordered. It would work in any version of Python.

def covers_all(topic_set):
    common_list=[]
    for subject,course in COURSES.items():
        if len(topic_set) == len(topic_set.intersection(course)):
            common_list.append(subject)
    return common_list

You can also use set difference and compare to the empty set if you prefer. This works too.

def covers_all(topic_set):
    common_list=[]
    for subject,course in COURSES.items():
        if topic_set - course == set():
            common_list.append(subject)
    return common_list
Leo Marco Corpuz
Leo Marco Corpuz
18,975 Points

Thanks! I keep forgetting the '=' and '==' difference.