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Python 3.4 List manipulation

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Hi, I have a list which contains  unique and identical sub lists randomly dispersed across the list . There is no limit on the number of identical sub lists which may exist, and they are not necessarily clustered together.

All sub lists have 1 as their first element - which acts as a counter. So, if there are, 3 identical sub lists [1,9,12] - these three sub lists  would be  replaced by a single sub list [3,9,12]

example

MYLIST = [ [1,9,12], [1, 6, 12],  [1, 5, 5],  [1, 8, 32],  [1, 5, 5],  [1,9,12],  [1,9,12] ]  

MYLIST_Converted =  [[3,9,12], [1, 6, 12],  [2, 5, 5], [1, 8, 32]]

Can someone give me a sense of how best to approach this. Been trying for a couple of days without success.

Thanks.
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Is this school work?
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Its hobby work for  an old retired guy !!   Promise !

I'm trying to convert an old Coldfusion application I did for the local art school.
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kaufmed, see   cannes-beaux-arts.com  ... see right hand side, middle for my name on site for art school
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This was run in a 2.7.5 environment.
def main():
     MYLIST = [ [1,9,12], [1, 6, 12],  [1, 5, 5],  [1, 8, 32],  [1, 5, 5],  [1,9,12],  [1,9,12] ]
     MYLIST_Converted = []
     MYLIST_Dups = []
     for m in MYLIST:
        if m in MYLIST_Dups:
            continue
        MC= m[:]
        MC[0]=MYLIST.count(m)
        if MC[0]!=1:
            MYLIST_Dups.append(m)
        MYLIST_Converted.append(MC)
     print MYLIST
     print MYLIST_Converted

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()

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Produces the following output:
[[1, 9, 12], [1, 6, 12], [1, 5, 5], [1, 8, 32], [1, 5, 5], [1, 9, 12], [1, 9, 12]]
[[3, 9, 12], [1, 6, 12], [2, 5, 5], [1, 8, 32]]

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by:jameskane
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INGENIOUS !!!!
works perfectly.
Went through code and learned a lot - thanks for that also.

The only   bit I am struggling to understand are the last two lines

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()

If you have a minute, could you send me a few words / pointer of explanation ?

Many thanks
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you don't need to package your code this way.  You can put all of the main function code into your module as is.
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