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# Python | Remove elements of list that are repeated less than k times

• Last Updated : 15 Apr, 2019

Given a list of integers (elements may be repeated), write a Python program to remove the elements that are repeated less than k times.

Examples:

```Input : lst = ['a', 'a', 'a', 'b', 'b', 'c'], k = 2
Output : ['a', 'a', 'a', 'b', 'b']

Input : lst = [1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4], k = 3
Output : [1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3]
```

Approach #1 : Pythonic naive

`Counter()` from `collections module` construct a dictionary mapping values to counts and save them in ‘counted’. Then we make use of ‘temp_lst’ to store the elements that need to be removed. Finally, we traverse through the given list and append all elements that are not in ‘temp_lst’ to ‘res_lst’ containing the required output.

 `# Python3 program to Remove elements of ``# list that repeated less than k times``from` `collections ``import` `Counter`` ` `def` `removeElements(lst, k):``    ``counted ``=` `Counter(lst)``     ` `    ``temp_lst ``=` `[]``    ``for` `el ``in` `counted:``        ``if` `counted[el] < k:``            ``temp_lst.append(el)``             ` `    ``res_lst ``=` `[]``    ``for` `el ``in` `lst:``        ``if` `el ``not` `in` `temp_lst:``            ``res_lst.append(el)``             ` `    ``return``(res_lst)``     ` `# Driver code``lst ``=` `[``'a'``, ``'a'``, ``'a'``, ``'b'``, ``'b'``, ``'c'``]``k ``=` `2``print``(removeElements(lst, k))`
Output:

```['a', 'a', 'a', 'b', 'b']
```

Approach #2 : Efficient Approach

The efficient approach to use Counter method is to construct a dictionary mapping value to counts and then use a list comprehension to filter for counts larger than a specified value. This approach is both time and space efficient.

 `# Python3 program to Remove elements of ``# list that repeated less than k times``from` `collections ``import` `Counter`` ` `def` `removeElements(lst, k):``    ``counted ``=` `Counter(lst)``    ``return` `[el ``for` `el ``in` `lst ``if` `counted[el] >``=` `k]``     ` `# Driver code``lst ``=` `[``'a'``, ``'a'``, ``'a'``, ``'b'``, ``'b'``, ``'c'``]``k ``=` `2``print``(removeElements(lst, k))`
Output:
```['a', 'a', 'a', 'b', 'b']
```

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