# Python – Element Frequency starting with K in dictionary value List

• Last Updated : 09 Mar, 2020

Sometimes while working with a lots of data, we can have a problem in which we have data in form of strings list which are values of dictionary keys and we wish to count occurrences of elements starting with character K. Lets discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Method #1 : Using loop + `startswith()`
This is one way in which this task can be performed. In this, we check for each element in dictionary lists using nested loops in brute force and increase the counter.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Element Frequency starting with K in dictionary value List``# using loop + startswith()``   ` `# initializing dictionary ``test_dict ``=` `{``1` `: [``'Gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'for'``, ``'Geeks'``], ``2` `: [``'Gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'CS'``, ``'God'``], ``3``: [``'Gfg'``, ``'best'``]}``   ` `# printing original dictionary ``print``(``"The original dictionary is : "` `+` `str``(test_dict)) `` ` `# initializing K ``K ``=` `'G'`` ` `# Element Frequency starting with K in dictionary value List``# using loop + startswith()``res ``=` `0``for` `sub ``in` `test_dict.values():``    ``for` `ele ``in` `sub:``           ``if` `ele.startswith(K):``                ``res ``+``=` `1``   ` `# printing result  ``print``(``"The element frequency starting with K : "` `+` `str``(res)) `

Output :

```The original dictionary is : {1: ['Gfg', 'is', 'for', 'Geeks'], 2: ['Gfg', 'is', 'CS', 'God'], 3: ['Gfg', 'best']}
The element frequency starting with K : 5
```

Method #2 : Using `sum() + startswith()`
This is yet another way in which this task can be performed. In this, we perform task of getting
frequency using sum() and generator is used to perform flattening the logic in one line.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Element Frequency starting with K in dictionary value List``# using sum() + startswith()``   ` `# initializing dictionary ``test_dict ``=` `{``1` `: [``'Gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'for'``, ``'Geeks'``], ``2` `: [``'Gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'CS'``, ``'God'``], ``3``: [``'Gfg'``, ``'best'``]}``   ` `# printing original dictionary ``print``(``"The original dictionary is : "` `+` `str``(test_dict)) `` ` `# initializing K ``K ``=` `'G'`` ` `# Element Frequency starting with K in dictionary value List``# using sum() + startswith()``res ``=` `sum``(ele.startswith(K) ``for` `ele ``in` `[sub ``for` `j ``in` `test_dict.values() ``for` `sub ``in` `j])``   ` `# printing result  ``print``(``"The element frequency starting with K : "` `+` `str``(res)) `

Output :

```The original dictionary is : {1: ['Gfg', 'is', 'for', 'Geeks'], 2: ['Gfg', 'is', 'CS', 'God'], 3: ['Gfg', 'best']}
The element frequency starting with K : 5
```

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