Amit Amit - 4 months ago 31
C++ Question

Global variable "count" ambiguous

#include <algorithm>
using namespace std;

int count = 0, cache[50];

int f(int n)
{
if(n == 2) count++;
if(n == 0 || n==1) return n;
else if (cache[n] !=- 1) return cache[n];
else cache[n]= f(n-1) + f(n-2);
return cache[n];
}


I used this function with gcc 4.3.4, and got the following error:

prog.cpp: In function ‘int f(int)’:
prog.cpp:38: error: reference to ‘count’ is ambiguous


On my local machine (mingw32), the error I got was this one, although it's not for
int 'cache[]'
.

Any reason why?

Answer

The problem is all because of the second line here:

#include <algorithm>
using namespace std;

The line using namespace std brings all the names from <algorithm> which also has a function called count, and in your code, you've declared a variable count. Hence the ambiguous error.

The solution is to never write using namespace std. It is bad bad bad.

Instead, use std::cout, std::cin, std::endl, std::count and so on, in your code.