[Golang] Set Difference of Two Arrays

Find the elements in one array but not in the other, i.e., set difference of two arrays. In mathematical term:

A − B = {x ∈ A and x ∉ B}

The idea is to convert the array B to the data structure of key-value pairs, i.e., hash table. The hash table in Go is built-in map type. Then we check if items in array A is in the hash table. If not, append the item to the difference array, and return the difference array after finish.

The following is the implementation of above idea.

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package main

import (

// Set Difference: A - B
func Difference(a, b []int) (diff []int) {
      m := make(map[int]bool)

      for _, item := range b {
              m[item] = true

      for _, item := range a {
              if _, ok := m[item]; !ok {
                      diff = append(diff, item)

func main() {
      var a = []int{1, 2, 3, 4, 5}
      var b = []int{2, 3, 5, 7, 11}
      fmt.Println(Difference(a, b))

The result will be [1 4].

Tested on: Go Playground


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