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# Python – Maximum occurring Substring from list

• Last Updated : 14 Mar, 2023

Sometimes, while working with Python strings, we can have a problem in which we need to check for maximum occurring substring from strings list. This can have application in DNA sequencing in Biology and other application. Lets discuss certain way in which this task can be performed.

Method 1 : Using regex() + groupby() + max() + lambda
The combination of above functionalities can be used to solve this particular problem. In this, we first extract the sequences using regex function. Then the counter grouping is performed using groupby(). The last step is extracting maximum which is done using max() along with lambda function.

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of``# Maximum occurring Substring from list``# Using regex() + groupby() + max() + lambda``import` `re``import` `itertools` `# initializing string``test_str ``=` `"gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb"``test_list ``=` `[``'gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'best'``]` `# printing original string and list``print``(``"The original string is : "` `+` `test_str)``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))` `# Maximum occurring Substring from list``# Using regex() + groupby() + max() + lambda``seqs ``=` `re.findall(``str``.join(``'|'``, test_list), test_str)``grps ``=` `[(key, ``len``(``list``(j))) ``for` `key, j ``in` `itertools.groupby(seqs)]``res ``=` `max``(grps, key ``=` `lambda` `ele : ele[``1``])``        ` `# printing result``print``(``"Maximum frequency substring : "` `+` `str``(res[``0``]))`

Output :

```The original string is : gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb
The original list is : ['gfg', 'is', 'best']
Maximum frequency substring : gfg```

Time complexity: O(n), where n is the length of the input string. The time complexity of regex(), groupby(), and max() is O(n).
Auxiliary space: O(k), where k is the length of the input list. This is the space needed to store the list of substrings. The space complexity of regex(), groupby(), and max() is O(1).

Method 2:  Using count() and max() methods

count() returns the occurrence of particular element in a sequence and max() method returns the maximum of that.

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of``# Maximum occurring Substring from list` `# initializing string``test_str ``=` `"gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb"``test_list ``=` `[``'gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'best'``]` `# printing original string and list``print``(``"The original string is : "` `+` `test_str)``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))``res``=``[]``for` `i ``in` `test_list:``    ``res.append(test_str.count(i))``x``=``max``(res)``result``=``test_list[res.index(x)]``# printing result``print``(``"Maximum frequency substring : "` `+` `str``(result))`

Output

```The original string is : gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb
The original list is : ['gfg', 'is', 'best']
Maximum frequency substring : gfg```

Time Complexity: O(n)
Auxiliary Space: O(n)

Method 3: Using re.findall() + Counter

This is an alternate approach which uses re.findall() and Counter module. In this, we extract the sequence using re.findall() and count the occurrence of each element using Counter() from collections module.

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of``# Maximum occurring Substring from list``# Using re.findall() + Counter`` ` `# importing modules``import` `collections``import` `re``# initializing string``test_str ``=` `"gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb"``test_list ``=` `[``'gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'best'``]`` ` `# printing original string and list``print``(``"The original string is : "` `+` `test_str)``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Maximum occurring Substring from list``# Using re.findall() + Counter``seqs ``=` `re.findall(``str``.join(``'|'``, test_list), test_str)``res ``=` `collections.Counter(seqs).most_common(``1``)[``0``][``0``]`` ` `# printing result``print``(``"Maximum frequency substring : "` `+` `str``(res))``#This code is contributed by Edula Vinay Kumar Reddy`

Output

```The original string is : gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb
The original list is : ['gfg', 'is', 'best']
Maximum frequency substring : gfg```

Time Complexity: O(n)
Auxiliary Space: O(n)

Method 4 : Using operator.countOf() and max() methods

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of``# Maximum occurring Substring from list` `# initializing string``test_str ``=` `"gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb"``test_list ``=` `[``'gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'best'``]` `# printing original string and list``print``(``"The original string is : "` `+` `test_str)``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))``res``=``[]``for` `i ``in` `test_list:``    ``import` `operator``    ``res.append(operator.countOf(test_str,i))``x``=``max``(res)``result``=``test_list[res.index(x)]``# printing result``print``(``"Maximum frequency substring : "` `+` `str``(result))`

Output

```The original string is : gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb
The original list is : ['gfg', 'is', 'best']
Maximum frequency substring : gfg```

Time Complexity : O(n)
Auxiliary Space : O(n)

Method 5: Using a dictionary to count occurrences

In this approach, we can use a dictionary to count the occurrences of each substring in the list. We can iterate over the string and for each substring in the list, we can count the number of occurrences of that substring in the string and update the count in the dictionary. Finally, we can find the substring with the maximum count in the dictionary.

Step-by-step approach:

• Initialize an empty dictionary to count the occurrences of substrings.
• Iterate over the string using a for loop.
• For each substring in the list, find the number of occurrences of that substring in the string using the count() method and update the count in the dictionary.
• Find the substring with the maximum count in the dictionary.
• Return the maximum frequency substring.

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of``# Maximum occurring Substring from list``# Using dictionary` `# initializing string``test_str ``=` `"gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb"``test_list ``=` `[``'gfg'``, ``'is'``, ``'best'``]` `# printing original string and list``print``(``"The original string is : "` `+` `test_str)``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))` `# Maximum occurring Substring from list``# Using dictionary``count_dict ``=` `{}``for` `sub ``in` `test_list:``    ``count_dict[sub] ``=` `test_str.count(sub)``res ``=` `max``(count_dict, key``=``count_dict.get)` `# printing result``print``(``"Maximum frequency substring : "` `+` `str``(res))`

Output

```The original string is : gfghsisbjknlmkesbestgfgsdcngfgcsdjnisdjnlbestdjsklgfgcdsbestbnjdsgfgdbhisbhsbestdkgfgb
The original list is : ['gfg', 'is', 'best']
Maximum frequency substring : gfg```

Time complexity: O(n*m), where n is the length of the string and m is the total number of substrings in the list.
Auxiliary space: O(m), where m is the total number of substrings in the list.

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