Answered on 7th Mar, 2018
Python's set object represents built-in set class. Different set operations such as union, intersection, difference and symmetric difference can be performed either by calling corresponding methods or by using operators.
Union by method
>>> s1={1,2,3,4,5}
>>> s2={4,5,6,7,8}
>>> s1.union(s2)
{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}
>>> s2.union(s1)
{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}
Union by | operator >>> s1={1,2,3,4,5}
>>> s2={4,5,6,7,8}
>>> s1|s2
{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8} Intersection by method
>>> s1={1,2,3,4,5}
>>> s2={4,5,6,7,8}
>>> s1.intersection(s2)
{4, 5}
>>> s2.intersection(s1)
{4, 5} Intersection & operator
>>> s1={1,2,3,4,5}
>>> s2={4,5,6,7,8}
>>> s1&s2
{4, 5}
>>> s2&s1
{4, 5} Difference method
>>> s1={1,2,3,4,5}
>>> s2={4,5,6,7,8}
>>> s1.difference(s2)
{1, 2, 3}
>>> s2.difference(s1)
{8, 6, 7} Difference - operator
>>> s1={1,2,3,4,5}
>>> s2={4,5,6,7,8}
>>> s1-s2
{1, 2, 3}
>>> s2-s1
{8, 6, 7}