# Counting the frequencies in a list using dictionary in Python

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In this article we develop a program to calculate the frequency of each element present in a list.

## Using a dictionary

Here we capture the items as the keys of a dictionary and their frequencies as the values.

## Example

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list = ['a','b','a','c','d','c','c']
frequency = {}
for item in list:
if (item in frequency):
frequency[item] += 1
else:
frequency[item] = 1
for key, value in frequency.items():
print("% s -> % d" % (key, value))

## Output

Running the above code gives us the following result −

a -> 2
b -> 1
c -> 3
d -> 1

## Using count()

Here we use the in-built count() function to count the number of occurrences of an item in the list.

## Output

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list = ['a','b','a','c','d','c','c']
frequency = {}
for item in list:
frequency[item] = list.count(item)
for key, value in frequency.items():
print("% s -> % d" % (key, value))

Running the above code gives us the following result >

a -> 2
b -> 1
c -> 3
d -> 1