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If the order of the arrays makes no difference, it sounds like you are looking for an intersection operator of some sort. Array::Utils might have what you are looking for. I found this by searching metacpan for "union intersect".

Otherwise, a method to find them is pretty straightforward:

  • configure a hash for the first array (*)
    @hash1{@array1} = (1)x@array1
    This configures a hash %hash1 to have a true value for all values found in @array1. (* - This is probably clearer as $hash1{$_} = 1 for @array1)
  • loop through the second array picking out those elements that show up in the first array
    push( @intersection, grep { $hash1{$_} } @array2 );
There are a couple of assumptions built into the above (@arrayN does not contain an undef value, and the second array only has unique values).

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  3. D'oh - quite right Jenda. I have got to stop writing code before my first cup of coffee. :-/

--MidLifeXis


In reply to Re: Logical operations on arrays by MidLifeXis
in thread Logical operations on arrays by ronmrdechai

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