# Learn Golang Tutorias Set Data structure with examples

This post covers Implementation of Set Datastrucutre in go language with examples

### Golang Set Introduction

Set is a general data strcuture contains collection of elements, does not allow duplicate elements. some programming languages like java has inbuilt Set support
In Programming language, Set is a computer data structure implementation of mathematical finiteset concepts.Generally Set is a Unordered list and no duplicates. In Golang, We can use Map type to implement Set type.
You can implement set using Map types.
Golang has no built in support for set because of no generics avialable. We can write a custom code to write a Map Implementation
Syntax
``````var myset map[type]struct{} or
var myset map[type]bool
``````
we can go with map[type]struct{} than a map[type]bool, the reason is empty struct takes 0 bytes, bool takes 1 byte of size in memory.
Key is type of the data you want to create
Struct{} is empty struct takes 0 bytes in size
Like other datastructure, set also operations - Create a set, iterate over those elements, add elements,delete elements, clear the set,size of set, check element exists in a set.
We wills see basic functions of a set
• Create and Declaration of a set
For example Let us create Empty Set with accept string values
``````s1 := make(map[string]struct{})
``````
This is empty set with string key and empty struct - struct{}
• Add the elements of Set
You can add the elements to set using add element to map syntax map declare a empty struct, use this as a value in a set map and key as string
``````	var empty = struct{}{}
s1["one"] = empty
s1["two"] = empty
s1["three"] = empty
fmt.Println(s1)      // map[three:{} one:{} two:{}]
fmt.Println(len(s1)) // 3
``````
The abolve code add three elements to set Once data is added to set, We will see iteration
• Iteration of elements of a Set
You can iterate elements of a set using for loop with range form
``````for v := range s1 {
fmt.Println(v)
}
``````
When you run the above code multiple times, Order of the elements are not guarenteed, Output is as follows
``````one
two
three
``````
• Check if elements exists in a set
We can check elements in a set using two values expression using getting items from map
``_, ok := s1["one"];``
This returns two values first value is empty struct, not required, so blank identifier(_) is used in place second parameters is a boolen value - if exists, ok=true is retured, ok=false is returned, if not exists
``````
if _, ok := s1["one"]; ok {
fmt.Println("exists in a set ") //  Element exists
}
if _, ok := s1["ten"]; ok {
fmt.Println("Not exists in a set.") //  Element not exists
}
``````
And the output is
``````exists in a set
``````
• Delete a elment of a set
You can use delete() function of map to remove elements from a set
``````delete(s1, "one")
fmt.Println(len(s1)) // 2
``````

#### Set Example  - Basic Operations

Here is a complete Set Example with all basic operations
``````package main

import (
"fmt"
)

func main() {
s1 := make(map[string]struct{})
fmt.Println(s1) // map[]
var empty = struct{}{}
s1["one"] = empty
s1["two"] = empty
s1["three"] = empty
fmt.Println(s1)      // map[three:{} one:{} two:{}]
fmt.Println(len(s1)) // 3

for v := range s1 {
fmt.Println(v)
}

if _, ok := s1["one"]; ok {
fmt.Println("exists in a set ") //  Element exists
}
if _, ok := s1["ten"]; ok {
fmt.Println("Not exists in a set.") //  Element not exists
}
delete(s1, "one")
fmt.Println(len(s1)) // 2

}
``````
Output is
``````map[]
map[two:{} three:{} one:{}]
3
one
two
three
exists in a set
2
``````