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Python Program to remove elements that are less than K difference away in a list

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  • Last Updated : 11 Oct, 2020

Given a list, perform removal of those elements whose difference is less than K from its previous element.

Input : test_list = [3, 19, 5, 8, 10, 13], K = 4 
Output : [3, 8, 13, 19] 
Explanation : 5 – 3 = 2, 2<4, hence 5 is removed, similarly, 10 – 8 is 2, less than K.

Input : test_list = [15, 7, 20], K = 4 
Output : [7, 15, 20] 
Explanation : No deletion required.  

Approach: Using loop and sorted()

In this, first, the list has to be sorted and then removal of elements that do not have appropriate distance between its preceding and succeeding element is performed.

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# initializing list
test_list = [3, 19, 4, 8, 10, 13]
  
# printing original list
print("The original list is : " + str(test_list))
  
# initializing K 
K = 4
  
# sorting list 
test_list = sorted(test_list)
  
idx = 0
while idx < len(test_list) - 1:
      
    # checking for difference
    if test_list[idx] + K > test_list[idx + 1]:
          
        # deleting if K closer
        del test_list[idx + 1]
    else:
        idx += 1
  
# printing result 
print("Required List : " + str(test_list))

Output:

The original list is : [3, 19, 4, 8, 10, 13]

Required List : [3, 8, 13, 19] 

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