Reinventing The Wheel II

16 04 2011

flickr: by kevinspencer

If you’re curious about how to merge two unsorted and mixed value arrays into one that is in ascending order, an idea I posed in the previous post Reinventing The Wheel, here’s the algorithmic code, including benchmarking:

$arr1 = array('X','p','d','2','7','3','x');
$arr2 = array('44','h','66','B','0','w','A');

// merging without array_merge()
function arrMerge(&$arr1, $arr2)
    $count = getCount($arr2);
    for($i=0; $i < $count; $i++) {
    	     $arr1[] = $arr2[$i];

// filtering without array_filter()
function getValues( $arr)
   $temp = null;
   $temp2 = null;
   $count = getCount( $arr );
   // instead of ctype_digit()
   // instead of preg_match()
   // instead of ord()
   for( $i=0; $i < $count; $i++) {
           $value = $arr[$i];
	   if ($value == '0') {
	        $temp2[] = $value; // store in numbers array
	   if ($value == 0) {
	          $temp[] = $value; // store in letters array
	   	   $temp2[] = $value;  // store in numbers array
   return array(doSort($temp),doSort($temp2));

function getCount( $arr ) // counting minus count()
    foreach($arr as $element) {
	return $count;

// sorting without sort()
function doSort( $arr )
    $count = getCount($arr);

	for ($i=0; $i < $count; $i++){
      for ($j=$i; $j < $count; $j++) {
		$placeholder = '';
		if (  $arr[$i] > $arr[$j] ) {
		      $placeholder = $arr[$i]; // save it
			  $arr[$i] = $arr[$j];
			  $arr[$j] = $placeholder;
		}// end if
	  }	// end inner for
	}// end outer for
	return $arr;
$start = microtime();
arrMerge($arr1, $arr2);
$multiDim = getValues( $arr1 );


$end = microtime();
$time = $end - $start;
echo $time;

Initially, I tried this code without using any user-defined functions. But, modularity is important, too, so I’ve put in a few user-defined functions to keep the code somewhat organized and readable. I really wanted to use the built-in function ord() to differentiate between the character and numeric data.  After the code was working with it, I realized I could get by without it. Strings with just letters have a numeric value of zero but are not identical to zero. So I take advantage of that fact to separate the numeric and character data into two separate arrays such that each comprises an element of  array $multiDim.  And, yes, the code does seem to run faster without ord().

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License




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