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Why do you need a hash of arrays? Is this question related to homework? As mentioned by jwkrahn, using a multi-level hash would allow you to readily avoid duplicates.

I have the current code that works but it doesn't get rid of the duplicates

The code you posted does not seem to work. When I ran your code, the hash keys contained an entire line of text and the values were undefined array references. When I removed the double quotes from the first argument to split, I was able to get a hash of array references. However, as you mentioned, there are duplicates in the array references.
#!/usr/bin/env perl use strict; use warnings; use Data::Dumper; my $file = 'file.txt'; open( FILE, '<', $file ) or die $!; my %hash; while ( <FILE> ) { chomp; my $lines = $_; my $key = (split(/ /, $lines))[0]; my $value = (split(/ /, $lines))[1]; push @{ $hash{$key} }, $value; } print Dumper(\%hash); exit;

There are quite a few ways you could go about removing the duplicates. Here is one way to do it with help from the uniq function of List::Util.

#!/usr/bin/env perl use strict; use warnings; use Data::Dumper; use List::Util qw/uniq/; my $file = 'file.txt'; open( FILE, '<', $file ) or die $!; my %hash; while ( <FILE> ) { chomp; my $lines = $_; my ($key, $value) = split(/ /, $lines); push @{ $hash{$key} }, $value; } foreach my $key( keys %hash ){ my @array = @{$hash{$key}}; my @uniq_elems = uniq @array; $hash{$key} = \@uniq_elems; } print Dumper(\%hash); exit;

In reply to Re^3: assigning arrays as values to keys of hash by kevbot
in thread assigning arrays as values to keys of hash by pearllearner315

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