Re: Matching Items in a vector

Michael Rauscher <>
Tue, 01 Aug 2006 22:12:18 +0200
nemadrias schrieb:

Hi -
I was using two arrays to go through two lists of numbers in the same
format, such as below:

The numbers are always 15 numbers followed by some text. I ONLY care
about the first 15 numbers, not the text.

100121242110124ABC 000121241000124ABC
000121236300124ABC 000121236300124ABC
005151533414124ABC 001121231009909ABC
000124576700188ABC 123516800785656ABC

I had passed both sets of numbers into two separate arrays, and was
able to use the regionMatches method to compare the first 15 numbers to
find duplicates. I want to be able to remove any duplicates from the
first array so I can return only the unique numbers from the first list
(left side). Unfortunately, arrays don't have a "removeAtIndex" method
while Vectors DO have the ability to remove from the vector array. So
I tried vectors...But, Vectors can't use the method regionMatches which
allows me to check those first 15 numbers...

I consider that there are at least two entries where the three letters
at the end differ.

If you put Strings into a Collection (Vector implements this interface),
you can use String#regionMatches on it's elements, of course.

If you use Java >= 1.5 you can use generics to make the Vector type-safe:

Vector<String> myVector = new Vector<String>();

Then you can use regionMatches without a cast:
   if ( myVector.get(i).regionMatches(...

If you don't use Java >= 1.5 you have to cast:

   if ( ((String)myVector.get(i)).regionMatches(...

BTW: if you don't access myVector in more than one thread, you should
use ArrayList instead of Vector since Vector is synchronized.

Second: you could have used a custom class to represent your entries.

class Entry {
     private String content;

     public Entry( String content ) {
         if ( content == null )
             throw new IllegalArgumentException(
                     "Cannot have null content.");

         if ( content.length() < 15 )
             throw new IllegalArgumentException(
                     "Content too short" );

         this.content = content;

     public String toString() {
         return content;

     public boolean equals( Object o ) {
         if ( o == null || !(o instanceof Entry) )
             return false;
         return (content.regionMatches(0, o.toString(), 0, 15));

     public int hashCode() {
         return content.substring(0, 15).hashCode();

With this class, you can manage your entries in the form of collections
(Java 1.5 syntax):

HashSet<Entry> firstSet = new HashSet<Entry>();
HashSet<Entry> secondSet = new HashSet<Entry>();

// fill the sets, e. g. at loading time or if you only have
// vectors:
// for ( String s : myVector )
// firstSet.add( new Entry(s) );
// for ( String s : myVector2 )
// secondSet.add( new Entry(s) );

// now, remove the duplicates:

Of course, this works with any Collection not just sets.

Third: ... there are many ways...


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