Valmir Valmir -4 years ago 121
C++ Question

C++ check if two sequences are equal using a 3rd sequence as criteria

I need to check if two given sequences are equal, but if I find a mismatched element I need to check in a 3rd sequence (same size of the other two) if that can be ignored.

I know that I can write a simple algorithm to solve that, but I would like to know if there is any C++-like style to solving this, using a std algorithm.


A = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
B = [1, 2, 3, A, 5, 6]
M = [true, true, true, false, true, true]
N = [true, true, true, true, true, true]

bool equal1 = the_equal(begin_A, end_A, begin_B, begin_M); // Should return true, even if '4' is different from 'A' since in the same position of the found mismatch, in the M sequence, we have a false that indicates that position should be ignored.

bool equal2 = the_equal(begin_A, end_A, begin_B, begin_N); // Should return false, since '4' is different from 'A' and we have a true in sequence N for that position.

That could be solved by something like:

template<I1, I2, I3> // iterators
bool the_equal(I1 first1, I1 last1, I2 first2, I3 first3) {
while (first1 != last1) {
if (*first1 != *first2 && *first3 != false)
return false;
++first1; ++first2; ++first3;

return true;

Edit: I forgot to say that I need to solve this in c++98 due toolchain limitations :(

Answer Source

You may create a (mutable) functor:

template <typename IT>
struct CmpWithMask
    CmpWithMask(IT it) : it(it) {}

    template <typename LHS, typename RHS>
    bool operator () (const LHS& lhs, const RHS& rhs) {
        return !*it++ || lhs == rhs;
    IT it;

template <typename IT>
CmpWithMask<IT> MakeCmpWithMask(IT it) { return CmpWithMask<IT>{it}; }

And then, use std::equal:

std::cout << std::equal(A.begin(), A.end(),
                        MakeCmpWithMask(M.begin())) << std::endl;
std::cout << std::equal(A.begin(), A.end(),
                        MakeCmpWithMask(N.begin())) << std::endl;
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