# Dictionary and counter in Python to find the winner of an election

Examples:

` Input: votes [] = {"john", "johnny", "jackie", "johnny", "john", "jackie", "jamie", "jamie" , "john", "johnny", "jamie", "johnny", "john"}; Output: John We have four Candidates with name as ’John’,’ Johnny’, ’jamie’,’ jackie’. The candidates John and Johny get maximum votes. Since John is alphabetically smaller, we print it. `

We have a solution to this problem, please refer to candidate names . We can quickly fix this problem in Python using Dictionary data structure . The approach is very simple,

1. Convert the given list of votes to a dictionary using counter (iterator) . We will have a dictionary with the names of candidates as key and their frequency (number) as values ​​.
2. Since more than one candidate can receive the same number of votes , and in this situation we need to print a lexicographically smaller name, so now we will create another dictionary, going through the previously created dictionary, the number of votes will be key, and the names of candidates —  value .
3. Now find the value for the maximum number of votes cast for a candidate and get a list of candidates matched against that count.
4. Sort the list of candidates who have the same number of votes, and print the first element of the sorted list to print a lexicographically smaller name.

 ` # Function to find the winner of the election, where votes are ` ` # presented as candidate names ` ` from ` ` collections ` ` import ` ` Counter ` ` `  ` def ` ` winner (` ` input ` `): ` ` `  ` # convert candidate list to dictionary ` ` # the output will look like candidates = {& # 39; A & # 39 ;: 2, & # 39; B & # 39 ;: 4} ` ` votes ` ` = ` ` Counter (` ` input ` `) `   ` # create another dictionary and its key ` ` # be the number of votes the value will be name ` ` # candidates ` ` dict ` ` = ` ` {} ``   for value in votes.values ​​():   # initialize empty list for each key # insert candidate names that have the same number of votes   dict [value] = []   for (key, value) in votes.iteritems (): dict [value] .append (key)   # sort keys in descending order to get maximum # value of votes maxVote = sorted ( dict . keys (), reverse = True ) [ 0 ]      # check if more than 1 candidate they have the same # number of votes. If so, sort the list # first and print first element if len ( dict [maxVote])" 1 : print sorted ( dict [maxVote]) [ 0 ] else : print dict [maxVote] [ 0 ]    # Driver program if __ name__ = = "__ main__" : input = [ ’john’ , ’ johnny’ , ’jackie’ , ’ johnny’ , ’john’ , ’ jackie’ , ’jamie’ , ’ jamie’ , ’ john’ , ’johnny’ , ’jamie’ , ’ johnny’ , ’john’ ]   winner ( input ) `

Output:

` john `

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