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Counter package defines the counter.Counter class similar to bags or multisets in other languages. This package is created from Raymond Hettinger recipe:


To install Foundations from the Python Package Index you can issue this command in a shell:

pip install Counter

or this alternative command:

easy_install Counter

Alternatively, if you want to directly install from Github source repository:

git clone git://
python install


For precise usage examples, please refer to the original recipe: and Python documentation:

  • Tally occurrences of words in a list:

    >>> cnt = Counter()
    >>> for word in ['red', 'blue', 'red', 'green', 'blue', 'blue']:
    ...     cnt[word] += 1
    >>> cnt
    Counter({'blue': 3, 'red': 2, 'green': 1})
  • Find the ten most common words in Hamlet:

    >>> import re
    >>> words = re.findall('\w+', open('hamlet.txt').read().lower())
    >>> Counter(hamlet_words).most_common(10)
    [('the', 1143), ('and', 966), ('to', 762), ('of', 669), ('i', 631),
     ('you', 554),  ('a', 546), ('my', 514), ('hamlet', 471), ('in', 451)]
  • Multiset examples:

    >>> c = Counter(a=3, b=1)
    >>> d = Counter(a=1, b=2)
    >>> c + d                           # add two counters together:  c[x] + d[x]
    Counter({'a': 4, 'b': 3})
    >>> c - d                           # subtract (keeping only positive counts)
    Counter({'a': 2})
    >>> c & d                           # intersection:  min(c[x], d[x])
    Counter({'a': 1, 'b': 1})
    >>> c | d                           # union:  max(c[x], d[x])
    Counter({'a': 3, 'b': 2})


Counter by Raymond Hettinger – 2009
Copyright© 2009 - Raymond Hettinger
This software is released under terms of MIT license:
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