i don't understand your point. i would not say my approach was able to directly detect any
number of duplicates, whether 2, 3 or more. (the only, and somewhat awkward, way to detect the presence of duplicates with this specific caching approach would be to build two
caches, one based on ascending indices, the other based on descending indices, and compare the two indices derived from the two caches. if they are not the same, two or more
duplicates must exist. however, i can think of better ways to handle this sort of info.)
the point i was trying, perhaps clumsily, to make in my original post was that my method, in common with all the other approaches that had appeared by then, would, due to the use of reverse, return the first (i.e., lowest) index of a match in the case of duplicates, but that a variation could easily be had that would return the last/highest index.
since my original post, i see that some solutions have been posted that return the indices of all matches, which i did not understand to be a requirement of the original question. oh, well...
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