# Get Set Intersection in Python

Muhammad Maisam Abbas Oct 02, 2021 Sep 12, 2021 Python Python Set

This tutorial will discuss different methods that can be used to get set intersections in Python.

## Set Intersection With the `intersection()` Function in Python

In the set intersection, we select all the common elements inside two or more sets. In Python, we have the `intersection()` function that can be used to perform set intersection. The `intersection()` function takes one or more sets as an input and returns their intersection in the form of another set. The following code snippet shows us how to perform set intersection on two sets with the `intersection()` function.

``````set1 = {1,2,3,4}
set2 = {2,4,6,8}
set3 = set1.intersection(set2)
print(set3)
``````

Output:

``````{2, 4}
``````

We performed set intersection on `set1` and `set2` with the `intersection()` function in the above code. We can also use the same `intersection()` function to perform set intersection on more than two sets.

``````set1 = {1,2,3,4}
set2 = {2,4,6,8}
set3 = {2,3,5,7}
set4 = set1.intersection(set2,set3)
print(set4)
``````

Output:

``````{2}
``````

We performed set intersection on `set1`, `set2`, and `set3` with the `intersection()` function in the above code. The result of this operation was stored inside the `set4` and displayed to the user. The output shows `2` because it is the only element present in all three sets.

## Get Set Intersection With the `&` Operator in Python

The `&` operator can also be used to perform set interesection in Python. The `&` operator returns the common in both of its operands. The return type of the `&` operator is a set. See the following code snippet.

``````set1 = {1,2,3,4}
set2 = {2,4,6,8}
set3 = set1 & set2
print(set3)
``````

Output:

``````{2, 4}
``````

We performed set intersection on `set1` and `set2` with the `&` operator in the above code. We can also use the same `&` operator to perform set intersection on more than two sets.

``````set1 = {1,2,3,4}
set2 = {2,4,6,8}
set3 = {2,3,5,7}
set4 = set1 & set2 & set3
print(set4)
``````

Output:

``````{2}
``````

We performed set intersection on `set1`, `set2`, and `set3` with the `&` operator in the above code. The result of this operation was stored inside the `set4` and displayed to the user. The output shows `2` because it is the only element present in all three sets.

## Set Intersection With the `intersection_update()` Function in Python

In the previous two sections, we have noticed that we need to create a new set that stores all the resultant values to perform the set intersection operation. With the `intersection_update()` function, we do not need to create a new set to store the results. Instead, the calling set is updated, and the resultant values are stored inside the calling set. The following code snippet shows us how to perform set intersection on two sets with the `intersection_update()` function.

``````set1 = {1,2,3,4}
set2 = {2,4,6,8}
set1.intersection_update(set2)
print(set1)
``````

Output:

``````{2, 4}
``````

We performed set intersection on `set1` and `set2` with the `intersection_update()` function in the above code. As discussed above, the resulting values were stored inside the calling set, which is `set1` in our case. We can also use the same `intersection_update()` function to perform set intersection on more than two sets. The following code snippet demonstrates how to perform set intersection on more than two sets with the `intersection_update()` function.

``````set1 = {1,2,3,4}
set2 = {2,4,6,8}
set3 = {2,3,5,7}
set1.intersection_update(set2,set3)
print(set1)
``````

Output:

``````{2}
``````

We performed set intersection on `set1`, `set2`, and `set3` with the `intersection_update()` function in the above code. The result of this operation was stored inside the `set1` and displayed to the user. The output shows `2` because it is the only element present in all three sets.

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