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Re^3: 2d array

by CountZero (Chancellor)
on Jan 05, 2013 at 09:02 UTC ( #1011766=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: 2d array
in thread 2d array

It is difficult to give you a turn-key solution since we do not know the format of your input data, but perhaps you can get some inspiration from the following:

use Modern::Perl; my @two_d_array; my %dictionary; sub add_data { chomp @_; my $type = shift; my $datapoints = shift; state $sequence; push @two_d_array, [ split ',', $datapoints ]; $dictionary{$type} = $sequence++; } while ( my $species = <DATA> ) { my $breaks = <DATA>; add_data( $species, $breaks ); } say "$_:\t@{ @two_d_array[ $dictionary{$_} ] }" for sort keys %diction +ary; __DATA__ Chimp 71,22,15,10,51 Dog 91,82,28,11,91 Horse 11,72,37,58,20 Human 21,42,63,24,16 Monkey 81,32,53,54,42 Pig 10,13,99,12,25 Rat 9,17,87,33,11
The subroutine expects two parameters: the first is the name of the species and the second is the string of datapoints ("breaks" as you call them). It pushes the array_ref of the "breaks" on the @two_d_array and puts the name of the species as a key in the $dictionary hash with value the index of the corresponding "breaks" in the @two_d_array.

As you can see in the output routine (line 20), we walk the $dictionary hash and pull out the corresponding "breaks" from the @two_d_array.


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