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Java 8 Streams: difference between map and flatMap

Difference between map() and flatMap():
The map() operates on the individual elements of the stream and returns a value as a Stream with the results. The flatMap() operates on the individual elements of the stream and returns a value as a Stream with the results. In this they are similar.
However the map() takes in a function that returns any R (could be a Stream as well) whereas the flatMap() operation takes in a function that returns a Stream.