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CS112_40_slides-sets - Sets Yinglin WANG CS Dept SJTU CS112...

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CS112 Fundamentals of Programming Abstractions Sets Yinglin WANG CS Dept., SJTU CS112 Fundamentals of Programming Abstractions Sets When we want to represent a collection of elements where the order is not important, the collection is what mathematicians would call a set. Saying that the order is not important means that we won’ t be asking questions like " what is the second element ?" Instead, we will just be asking whether a given value is a member of the set. We can specify a set by listing its members or by stating a rule that identifies the members. Small even numbers: {2, 4, 6, 8} Single digit primes: {2, 3, 5, 7} Strange numbers: {11, 17, 31, 53, 79} Primary colors: {red, green, blue} Small even numbers: {x | x is even and x < 10} A set is an unordered collection of distinct elements.
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