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Rather than speculate on efficiency you can always use benchmark. One small point though - whenever you interpolate a string into a m// regex or the first half of a s/// regex you need to backslash your special regex metacharacters $^*()+{[\|.?

The easiest way is to use quotemeta.

foreach $key (keys %hash) { $key = quotemeta $key; $text =~ s/$key/$hash{$key}/eg; }

This is *vital* for reliability. Otherwise you will get unexpected runtime failures when your data eventually contains metachars (typos, deliberate, malicious...)

use Benchmark; timethese(10000, { 'Simple loop' => ' $text = "This is my test string"; %hash = qw(test text foo bar use loop the end); foreach $key (keys %hash) { $key = quotemeta $key; $text =~ s/$key/$hash{$key}/eg; } ', 'Alternation' => ' $text = "This is my test string"; %hash = qw(test text foo bar use loop the end); $regex = join("|", map(quotemeta, keys %hash)); $text =~ s/\b($regex)\b/$hash{$1}/eg; ', } ); Output: Benchmark: timing 100000 iterations of Alternation, Simple loop... Alternation: 5 wallclock secs ( 4.12 usr + 0.00 sys = 4.12 CPU) @ 2 +4271.84/s (n=100000) Simple loop: 10 wallclock secs ( 9.72 usr + 0.00 sys = 9.72 CPU) @ 1 +0288.07/s (n=100000)

So as it happens alternation is twice as fast. I thought your solution would be faster but there you go!

If in doubt - use Benchmark

Cheers

tachyon


In reply to Re: Re: Re: using a hash to do substitution? by tachyon
in thread using a hash to do substitution? by mr.dunstan

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