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Re: Efficient bit counting with a twist.

by quester (Vicar)
on Jan 27, 2013 at 07:59 UTC ( #1015566=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Efficient bit counting with a twist.

Build a bit mask for the byte that contains the position. Then count the bits in the bytes before the position, and do a bitwise and for the byte that contains the position.

my $mask = pack "V", 2 ** ($p % 8) - 1; my $c = unpack( '%32b*', substr( $v, 0, $p / 8 ) ) + unpack( '%32b*', substr( $v, $p / 8, 1 ) & $mask );

(Update: removed a superfluous pair of parens in the last line.)

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Re^2: Efficient bit counting with a twist.
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jan 27, 2013 at 08:33 UTC

    Why pack 'V'?

    substr( $v, $p / 8, 1 ) is a byte, why mask with 4 bytes?

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      Oh. That. It's just force of habit, I adapted this bit of code from the way I code bitmasks for IPv4 subnets. It would make more sense to code it as pack 'C',... rather than pack 'V', although it works either way.

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