Issue #16155 has been updated by shevegen (Robert A. Heiler).


I sort of agree with your reasoning. A slight add-on, though,
on that part:

> This would essentially just be a more readable alias for Array#&

It is probably easier to search for it (e. g. a google-search for
.intersection) than for &. But if we compare relative merits then
we also have to remember an advantage for & being that it is
short/succinct.

It's an aside, though, because I agree with your reasoning anyway;
it would make sense to also have .intersection, IMO. :)

You could consider adding this to the upcoming developer meeting:

https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/16152

And ask matz whether he would be fine with the functionality 
itself; or, more importantly, the name for the method
(#intersection) since the functionality already exists.

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Feature #16155: Add an Array#intersection method
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/16155#change-81478

* Author: connorshea (Connor Shea)
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* Target version: 
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`Array#union` and `Array#difference` were added in Ruby 2.6 ([see this bug](https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/14097)), but an equivalent for `&` (intersection) was not.

I'd like to propose `Array#intersection`. This would essentially just be a more readable alias for `Array#&`, in the same way that `Array#|` and `Array#-` have `Array#union` and `Array#difference`.

I think it'd make sense for Ruby to have a more readable name for this method :)

Current syntax:

``` ruby
[ 1, 1, 3, 5 ] & [ 3, 2, 1 ]                 #=> [ 1, 3 ]
[ 'a', 'b', 'b', 'z' ] & [ 'a', 'b', 'c' ]   #=> [ 'a', 'b' ]
```

What I'd like to see added:

```ruby
[ 1, 1, 3, 5 ].intersection([ 3, 2, 1 ])                #=> [ 1, 3 ]
[ 'a', 'b', 'b', 'z' ].intersection([ 'a', 'b', 'c' ])  #=> [ 'a', 'b' ]
```

mame asks about `intersection` [in this comment](https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/14097#note-26) on the `union`/`difference` bug, but as far as I can tell it was never addressed.

[`Set#intersection`](http://ruby-doc.org/stdlib-2.6.2/libdoc/set/rdoc/Set.html#method-i-intersection) already exists and is an alias for `Set#&`, so there's precedent for such a method to exist.

Thanks for Ruby, I enjoy using it a lot! :)

Related links:

- [PR for `union`](https://github.com/ruby/ruby/pull/1747)
- [PR for `difference`](https://github.com/ruby/ruby/pull/1758)
- [Bug for adding `union` and `difference` methods](https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/14097)



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