# Multiple list comparison Python – Code Review Stack Exchange

I have some code that has three lists, and it then checks the index of the second list against the index of the first as long as the first list has six elements. The code will then append to the third list if part of a string matches in the index of the first list. If the string does not match, it will append a message. I am hoping to find a better, more Pythonic way of writing my algorithm. Here is my code:

``````L1 = ("first = 1st","second = 2nd","third = 3rd","fourth = 4th","sixth = 6th",
"first = A","second = B","third = C","fifth = E","sixth = F",
"second = W","third = X","fourth = Y","fifth = Z","sixth = AA","first = BB")
L2 = ("first","second","third","fourth","fifth","sixth")
L3 = ()

#Used in case a list has less than six elements
if len(L1) % 6 != 0:
L1.append("Missing_Data")

c = 0
for i in L1:
cont = True
while cont:
if L2(c) in i:
L3.append(i.split("= ")(-1))
c += 1
if c < len(L2):
cont = False
else:
c = 0
cont = False
else:
L3.append("Missing_Data")
c += 1
if c < len(L2):
continue
else:
c = 0
break
``````

This code works for what I want it to do but I think its too long. Any help in making this code more Pythonic would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.