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  • Last Updated : 14 May, 2020

Given a nested dictionary, the task is to remove duplicate dictionaries from the dictionary. Given below are few methods to complete the given task.

Method #1: Using Naive Method




# Python code to demonstrate
# for removing duplicate values from dictionary
  
# initialising dictionary
ini_dict = {'a':{'b':1, 'c':2}, 'b':{'b':1, 'c':2}, 
            'c':{'a':2, 'b':3}, 'd':{'a':2, 'b':7}}
  
# printing initial_dictionary
print ("initial dictionary", str(ini_dict))
  
# code to remove duplicates
result = {}
  
for key, value in ini_dict.items():
    if value not in result.values():
        result[key] = value
          
# printing result
print ("result", str(result))

Output:

initial dictionary {‘c’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 3}, ‘d’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 7}, ‘a’: {‘c’: 2, ‘b’: 1}, ‘b’: {‘c’: 2, ‘b’: 1}}
result {‘c’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 3}, ‘d’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 7}, ‘a’: {‘c’: 2, ‘b’: 1}}

 
Method #2: Using sorted and set




# Python code to demonstrate
# for removing duplicate values from dictionary
  
# initialising dictionary
ini_dict = {'a':{'b':1, 'c':2}, 'b':{'b':1, 'c':2},
            'c':{'a':2, 'b':3}, 'd':{'a':2, 'b':7}}
  
# printing initial_dictionary
print ("initial dictionary", str(ini_dict))
  
# code to remove duplicates
keep = set({repr(sorted(value.items())):key
          for key, value in ini_dict.items()}.values())
  
for key in list(ini_dict):
    if key not in keep:
        del ini_dict[key]
          
# printing result
print ("result", str(ini_dict))

Output:

initial dictionary {‘a’: {‘b’: 1, ‘c’: 2}, ‘b’: {‘b’: 1, ‘c’: 2}, ‘c’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 3}, ‘d’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 7}}
result {‘b’: {‘b’: 1, ‘c’: 2}, ‘c’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 3}, ‘d’: {‘a’: 2, ‘b’: 7}}


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