# Count each unique element in list of lists

Vlastimil Brom vlastimil.brom at gmail.com
Sat Nov 9 00:00:41 CET 2013

```2013/11/8 Yaşar Arabacı <yasar11732 at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
>
> I have a function that returns something like this;
>
> [[[1, 5, 9], [2, 6, 7], [3, 4, 8]], [[1, 6, 8], [2, 4, 9], [3, 5, 7]]]
>
> It is a list of list of lists. Each uppermost list is called a result.
> I want to write a code that
> shows that each elem in sublists of result on appears once in whole
> sublist in order to add it to
> my doctest. I am looking for something like this;
>
> for result in results:
>   print sum(1 for group in result for item in group)
>
> [1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1]
> [1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1]
>
> Above code gives me 9,9. but I want the example output above.
>
> I prefer a one liner because this is supposed to go into a doctest.
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Hi,
depending on the specification, the tests could be e.g.:
results = [[[1, 5, 11], [2, 6, 7], [3, 4, 8]], [[1, 6, 8], [2, 4, 9],
[3, 5, 7]]]

#testing  for the sum 1..9 - this would also pass for some "paired"
repeated items, which most likely isn't indended
print all(sum((elem for sublist in result for elem in sublist))==45
for result in results)

# testing for different items without repeating - not only 1..9
print all(len(set(elem for sublist in result for elem in sublist))==9
for result in results)

# testing explicitely for items 0..9 in any order
print all((set(elem for sublist in result for elem in
sublist))==set([1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]) for result in results)

hth,
vbr

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