[SOLVED] Python Sets vs Lists


In Python, which data structure is more efficient/speedy? Assuming that order is not important to me and I would be checking for duplicates anyway, is a Python set slower than a Python list?


It depends on what you are intending to do with it.

Sets are significantly faster when it comes to determining if an object is present in the set (as in x in s), but are slower than lists when it comes to iterating over their contents.

You can use the timeit module to see which is faster for your situation.

Answered By – Michael Aaron Safyan

Answer Checked By – Marilyn (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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