From:

Seungbeom Kim <musiphil@bawi.org>

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Date:

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 15:28:55 CST

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<gap7q7$eui$1@news.stanford.edu>

Hi all.

I have an application where the set of real numbers is divided into

a finite number of intervals (view with fixed-width font):

------------+---------+--------+---------+--------

a x b c d

Given a number x I would like to find the interval which contains x.

Searching for the interval is more efficient when a search tree

data structure is used, which is why I want to use std::map<>

or std::set<>. These implement tree-structures and if at all

possible, I would avoid to implement a tree from scratch myself.

However, both std::map and std::set will return an 'invalid' code

unless an item with the exact value of the search argument is

contained in the tree.

So given a number x, a < x < b, how do I implement the structure

such that a call to exists() returns a pointer to the interval

[a,b>? The pointer itself might be the value (or index or iterator) of

one of the end intervals; it has to be something that uniquely

identifies the interval where x belongs.

Note that I need to be able to locate numbers outside the present

limits, such that x < a returns some code indicating [-inf,a>

and a value x > d returns a value indicating [d,inf>.

Any suggestions?

I have an application where the set of real numbers is divided into

a finite number of intervals (view with fixed-width font):

------------+---------+--------+---------+--------

a x b c d

Given a number x I would like to find the interval which contains x.

Searching for the interval is more efficient when a search tree

data structure is used, which is why I want to use std::map<>

or std::set<>. These implement tree-structures and if at all

possible, I would avoid to implement a tree from scratch myself.

However, both std::map and std::set will return an 'invalid' code

unless an item with the exact value of the search argument is

contained in the tree.

So given a number x, a < x < b, how do I implement the structure

such that a call to exists() returns a pointer to the interval

[a,b>? The pointer itself might be the value (or index or iterator) of

one of the end intervals; it has to be something that uniquely

identifies the interval where x belongs.

Note that I need to be able to locate numbers outside the present

limits, such that x < a returns some code indicating [-inf,a>

and a value x > d returns a value indicating [d,inf>.

Any suggestions?

Here's the code that does it:

std::ostream& os = std::cout;

typedef std::set<int> set;

typedef set::const_iterator citer;

set s;

s.insert(2);

s.insert(4);

for (int x = 1; x <= 5; ++x) {

citer i = s.upper_bound(x);

os << x << '\t';

if (i == s.end()) {

citer j = i; --j;

os << '[' << *j << ", +inf)";

}

else if (i == s.begin())

os << "(-inf, " << *i << ')';

else {

citer j = i; --j;

os << '[' << *j << ", " << *i << ')';

}

os << '\n';

}

Result:

1 (-inf, 2)

2 [2, 4)

3 [2, 4)

4 [4, +inf)

5 [4, +inf)

By the way, an alternative version:

for (int x = 1; x <= 5; ++x) {

citer i = s.lower_bound(x);

os << x << '\t';

if (i == s.end()) {

citer j = i; --j;

os << '(' << *j << ", +inf)";

}

else if (x == *i)

os << *i;

else if (i == s.begin())

os << "(-inf, " << *i << ')';

else {

citer j = i; --j;

os << '(' << *j << ", " << *i << ')';

}

os << '\n';

}

gives the following, more specific result:

1 (-inf, 2)

2 2

3 (2, 4)

4 4

5 (4, +inf)

--

Seungbeom Kim

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