From:

Victor Bazarov <v.Abazarov@comAcast.net>

Newsgroups:

comp.lang.c++

Date:

Fri, 23 May 2008 16:02:31 -0400

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<g177sn$6pk$1@news.datemas.de>

[..]

So I decided [..] "Let me write a simple functor for sorting the

elements of a collection! I will start with a simple collection of

integers.", I thought. I then chose an unusual criterion for the

sorting: "I'd like the elements to be ordered so that the even members

should appear before the odd ones." The following is what I came up

with. The program is not producing the expected behavior and I suspect

it has to do with my predicate. It is probably not fully complying to

the requirements for such a function.

#include <iostream>

#include <set>

#include <functional>

#include <algorithm>

#include <iterator>

class EvenOddSorting {

public:

bool operator()(const int i, const int j) const {

return i % 2 == 0 && j % 2 != 0;

So I decided [..] "Let me write a simple functor for sorting the

elements of a collection! I will start with a simple collection of

integers.", I thought. I then chose an unusual criterion for the

sorting: "I'd like the elements to be ordered so that the even members

should appear before the odd ones." The following is what I came up

with. The program is not producing the expected behavior and I suspect

it has to do with my predicate. It is probably not fully complying to

the requirements for such a function.

#include <iostream>

#include <set>

#include <functional>

#include <algorithm>

#include <iterator>

class EvenOddSorting {

public:

bool operator()(const int i, const int j) const {

return i % 2 == 0 && j % 2 != 0;

What if they are both odd? What if they are both even? Does the

predicate satisfy the requirement of strict weak ordering?

The predicate returns 'true' if the first is even and the second is odd.

For the rest it would return 'false', right? That means that when

comparing 5 and 7 it would determine that 5 is not less than 7. And

when comparing 7 and 5 it would determine that 7 is not less than 5.

That seems to me that 5 is the same as 7. That is, 5 and 7 cannot

coexist in the set that has your 'EvenOddSorting' as the predicate.

Do the same with two evens.

}

};

int main() {

std::set<int, EvenOddSorting> intSet;

intSet.insert(10);

intSet.insert(7);

};

int main() {

std::set<int, EvenOddSorting> intSet;

intSet.insert(10);

intSet.insert(7);

After this the collection should be {10, 7}. Is it?

intSet.insert(5);

After this the collection _could_ be 10, 5, 7, or it could be 10, 7, 5,

if the predicate allowed placing both 5 and 7 next to each other. It

does not, AFAICT. So, here the collection will be {10, 7}, still.

And so on.

intSet.insert(18);

intSet.insert(3);

std::cout << "Even-Odd ordered set: ";

std::copy(intSet.begin(),

intSet.end(),

std::ostream_iterator<int>(std::cout, " "));

std::cout << "\n";

}

Given the above program, the expected output should read:

Even-Odd ordered set: 10 18 3 5 7

intSet.insert(3);

std::cout << "Even-Odd ordered set: ";

std::copy(intSet.begin(),

intSet.end(),

std::ostream_iterator<int>(std::cout, " "));

std::cout << "\n";

}

Given the above program, the expected output should read:

Even-Odd ordered set: 10 18 3 5 7

OK, that's what it *should* read (you believe). What *does* it read?

Notice how my proposed output implies a hidden requirement of ordering

among even and odd numbers. That would be ideal, but I'd be satisfied

(at first) with an output like '18 10 5 7 3'. Would anybody care to give

me a hand?

among even and odd numbers. That would be ideal, but I'd be satisfied

(at first) with an output like '18 10 5 7 3'. Would anybody care to give

me a hand?

Not sure what kind of help you are seeking. You've not specified all

the requirements for your predicate to implement it correctly. Have I

given you enough hints to go on?

V

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