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Re: optimizing a linear search by Indexed or bucketed hashing

by GrandFather (Sage)
on Oct 04, 2007 at 23:30 UTC ( #642788=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to optimizing a linear search by Indexed or bucketed hashing

Maybe it hasn't been written because the code is fairly trivial, but the details are highly application specific?

Something like the following would seem to be what you need to do the bucketing:

use strict; use warnings; my %buckets; my $lineStart = tell DATA; while (<DATA>) { chomp; next unless length; push @{$buckets{lc substr $_, 0, 1}}, [$lineStart, tell DATA]; $lineStart = tell DATA; } for my $key (sort keys %buckets) { my @pairs = map {"@$_"} @{$buckets{$key}}; print "$key: ", (join ', ', @pairs), "\n"; } __DATA__ Ok, let's say file A has a series of strings, one per line. Let's say +that file B has a series of strings, one per line. The goal is, for each line in A, to return the best match from B using + a subroutine named fuzzy_match, a function that takes two strings and re +turns a float from 0 to 1. Now, let's assume that file B is enormous, making the prospect of appl +ying fuzzy_match to each member infeasible. But let's also assume that the +first character of each member of B will always be the best result from fuzz +y_match for A. This means that instead of looking through all of B, you simply + need to retrieve all records from B which start with the same first letter as +the current record in A.

Prints:

b: 458 499 c: 822 900, 1053 1074 f: 651 670, 746 822, 900 979 n: 670 746 o: 378 458 r: 979 1053 s: 573 651 t: 499 573

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