In this tutorial, we will look at how to check whether a set in Python is a superset of another set with the help of some examples.

## What is a superset?

Let’s say we have two sets, A and B. Now, if all the elements of set A are present in set B then A is said to be a subset of B, and B is called the **superset** of A. Here’s an example –

You can see that set B contains all the elements of set A and thus B is a superset of A and A is a subset of B.

## Check if a set is a superset of another set in Python

The Python set data structure comes with a number of built-in functions to accomplish common set operations like union, intersection, difference, etc. You can use the Python set `issuperset()`

function to check whether a set is a superset of another set. The following is the syntax:

# check if a is a superset of b a.issuperset(b)

We call the `issuperset()`

function from set a and pass the set b as an argument to check whether set a is a superset of set b. It returns a boolean value. Let’s look at an example.

# create two sets a = {1, 2, 3, 4} b = {1, 2, 3} # check if a is superset of b a.issuperset(b)

Output:

True

We get `True`

as the output since a contains all the elements from set b and hence is a superset of set b. Let’s look at another example.

# create two sets a = {1, 2} b = {1, 2, 3} # check if a is superset of b a.issuperset(b)

Output:

False

Here we get `False`

as the output since a does not contain all the elements from set b and hence it’s not a superset of set b.

Alternatively, you can use the `>=`

operator to check if a set is a superset of another set. For example,

# create two sets a = {1, 2, 3, 4} b = {1, 2, 3} # check if a is superset of b a >= b

Output:

True

We get the same result as we did with the set `issuperset()`

function.

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