# Python – Extract Similar pairs from List

• Last Updated : 02 Jun, 2020

Sometimes, while working with Python lists, we can have a problem in which we need to perform extraction of all the elements pairs in list. This kind of problem can have application in domains such as web development and day-day programming. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Input : test_list = [1, 2, 3, 4]
Output : []

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Input : test_list = [2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4]
Output : [(2, 2), (2, 2), (3, 3)]

Method #1 : Using `Counter()` + list comprehension
The combination of above functions can be used to solve this problem. In this, frequencies are extracted using Counter() and pairs construction is done used list comprehension.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Extract Similar pairs from List``# Using Counter() + list comprehension``from` `collections ``import` `Counter`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``4``, ``6``, ``7``, ``4``, ``2``, ``6``, ``2``, ``8``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Extract Similar pairs from List``# Using Counter() + list comprehension``res ``=` `[(key, key) ``for` `key, val ``in` `Counter(test_list).items() ``                                  ``for` `_ ``in` `range``(val ``/``/` `2``)]`` ` `# printing result ``print``(``"The records after pairing : "` `+` `str``(res)) `
Output :
```The original list is : [4, 6, 7, 4, 2, 6, 2, 8]
The records after pairing : [(4, 4), (6, 6), (2, 2)]
```

Method #2 : Using `fromkeys()` + list comprehension
This is yet another way in which this task can be performed. In this, we perform the task of Counter() using fromkeys() and get() of dictionary, i.e getting frequencies.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of ``# Extract Similar pairs from List``# Using fromkeys() + list comprehension`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``4``, ``6``, ``7``, ``4``, ``2``, ``6``, ``2``, ``8``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Extract Similar pairs from List``# Using fromkeys() + list comprehension``temp ``=` `dict``.fromkeys(test_list, ``0``)``for` `key ``in` `test_list:``    ``temp[key] ``+``=` `1``res ``=` `[(key, key) ``for` `key, val ``in` `temp.items() ``for` `_ ``in` `range``(val ``/``/` `2``)]`` ` `# printing result ``print``(``"The records after pairing : "` `+` `str``(res)) `
Output :
```The original list is : [4, 6, 7, 4, 2, 6, 2, 8]
The records after pairing : [(4, 4), (6, 6), (2, 2)]
```

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