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First method, an old fashioned loop within a loop.
my @list = qw(AGCT AGGT GG AGCT); MAIN: for my $i (0..$#list) { my $substr_re = qr/$list[$i]/; for my $j (0..$#list) { next if $i == $j || ! defined $list[$j]; if ($list[$j] =~ $substr_re) { undef $list[$i]; next MAIN; } } } my @unique = grep {defined} @list; print "$_\n" for @unique;

Update: Increase efficiency by grouping the strings by size before processing:

use strict; use warnings; my @list = qw(AGCT AGGT GG AGCT); my %bucket; for (@list) { push @{$bucket{length($_)}}, $_; } # Only want to sort these once. my @sizes = sort {$a <=> $b} keys %bucket; while (my $size = shift @sizes) { MAIN: for my $i (0..$#{$bucket{$size}}) { # Same Size first for my $j ($i+1..$#{$bucket{$size}}) { if ($bucket{$size}[$i] eq $bucket{$size}[$j]) { undef $bucket{$size}[$i]; next MAIN; } } # Bigger strings my $substr_re = qr/$bucket{$size}[$i]/; for my $bigger (@sizes) { for my $str (@{$bucket{$bigger}}) { if ($str =~ $substr_re) { undef $bucket{$size}[$i]; next MAIN; } } } } } my @unique = grep {defined} map {@$_} values %bucket; print "$_\n" for @unique;

In reply to Re: list of unique strings, also eliminating matching substrings by wind
in thread list of unique strings, also eliminating matching substrings by lindsay_grey

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