Set implements a collection of unordered values with no duplicates. This is a hybrid of Array’s intuitive inter-operation facilities and Hash’s fast lookup.

The equality of each couple of elements is determined according to Object#eql? and Object#hash, since Set uses Hash as storage.

Set is easy to use with Enumerable objects (implementing each). Most of the initializer methods and binary operators accept generic Enumerable objects besides sets and arrays. An Enumerable object can be converted to Set using the to_set method.


require 'set'
s1 = Set.new [1, 2]                   # -> #<Set: {1, 2}>
s2 = [1, 2].to_set                    # -> #<Set: {1, 2}>
s1 == s2                              # -> true
s1.add("foo")                         # -> #<Set: {1, 2, "foo"}>
s1.merge([2, 6])                      # -> #<Set: {6, 1, 2, "foo"}>
s1.subset? s2                         # -> false
s2.subset? s1                         # -> true


- Akinori MUSHA <knu@iDaemons.org> (current maintainer)


InspectKey = :__inspect_key__


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