# Unique array of arrays - how can I do this?

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Hi,

While calculation I get a solution as an array of integers.
There're many solutions and I would like to keep them in an array.

Because of the algorithm there are different paths to get to
the same solution but I want to have it once only.

I know that I can use array_unique but that's too slow
when called too often. I can't wait until end of calculation
because then I run into memory problems.

So I need an efficient way to add elements once only to
an array while calculation with an array as element.

How can I do this?

## Re: Unique array of arrays - how can I do this?

1/ write in in a proper language like C
2/. use a database to store stuff in which has fast algortihms for
dealing with matrix type stuff.

because it sounds like that's what you have - a 2D matrix of integers
you could produce e.g a row hash and index that which would make it fast
to check if you have a POSSIBLE match, and then sort through any
possibles to see if they are exactmatches.

depending on the size though,I'd be tempted to make it a C coded RAM
based thing.
preferably using statically allocated memory if you know a maximum size,
to avoid pointer indirection stuff.

If its huge, I'd use a database and a hash table.

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## Re: Unique array of arrays - how can I do this?

On Sat, 04 May 2013 04:51:28 -0700, thomas.lehmann.private wrote:

Given that your answers are integers, at the point that you put your

if ( !isset( \$arr ) )
\$arr = array();
\$arr[\$ans] = \$ans;

When you finish calculations:

sort( \$arr );
foreach ( \$arr as \$k=>\$v )

or:

sort( \$arr );
echo "The answers are: " . implode( \$arr, ", " ) . ".\n";

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## Re: Unique array of arrays - how can I do this?

You need to be more specific about your problem.  What is the calculation?
What kind of integers are in one array?  How do you add them?  How many
integers?  How many arrays of integers in your array?

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