Asked By – Daren Thomas
Suppose the following:
>>> s = set([1, 2, 3])
How do I get a value (any value) out of
s without doing
s.pop()? I want to leave the item in the set until I am sure I can remove it – something I can only be sure of after an asynchronous call to another host.
Quick and dirty:
>>> elem = s.pop() >>> s.add(elem)
But do you know of a better way? Ideally in constant time.
Now we will see solution for issue: How to retrieve an element from a set without removing it?
Two options that don’t require copying the whole set:
for e in s: break # e is now an element from s
e = next(iter(s))
But in general, sets don’t support indexing or slicing.