Daniel McCarthy Daniel McCarthy - 4 months ago 17
iOS Question

Rebuild an NSArray by grouping objects that have matching id numbers?

I have an NSArray and each object in the array has a groupId and a name. Each object is unique but there are many with the same groupId. Is there a way i can tear the array apart and rebuild it so that the names are grouped into a single object with the corresponding groubId? Here is what the array currently looks like:

2013-03-12 20:50:05.572 appName[4102:702] the array: (
{
groupId = 1;
name = "Dan";
},
{
groupId = 1;
name = "Matt";
},
{
groupId = 2;
name = "Steve";
},
{
groupId = 2;
name = "Mike";
},
{
groupId = 3;
name = "John";

},
{
groupId = 4;
name = "Kevin";
}
)


This is what I would like it to look like:

2013-03-12 20:50:05.572 appName[4102:702] the array: (
{
groupId = 1;
name1 = "Dan";
name2 = "Matt";
},
{
groupId = 2;
name1 = "Steve";
name2 = "Mike";
},
{
groupId = 3;
name = "John";

},
{
groupId = 4;
name = "Kevin";
}
)


EDIT:
I've tried & failed with many attempts, most along the lines of something like this (sloppy recreation, but to give an idea):

int idNum = 0;
for (NSDictionary *arrObj in tempArr){
NSString *check1 = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@",[arrObj valueForKey:@"groupId"]];
NSString *check2 = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@",[[newDict valueForKey:@"groupId"]];
if (check1 == check2){
NSString *nameStr = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"name_%d",idNum];
[newDict setValue:[arrObj valueForKey:@"name"] forKey:nameStr];
}
else {
[newDict setValue:arrObj forKey:@"object"];
}
idNum++;
}

Answer
NSArray *array = @[@{@"groupId" : @"1", @"name" : @"matt"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"2", @"name" : @"john"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"3", @"name" : @"steve"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"4", @"name" : @"alice"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"1", @"name" : @"bill"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"2", @"name" : @"bob"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"3", @"name" : @"jack"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"4", @"name" : @"dan"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"1", @"name" : @"kevin"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"2", @"name" : @"mike"},
                   @{@"groupId" : @"3", @"name" : @"daniel"},
                   ];

NSMutableArray *resultArray = [NSMutableArray new];
NSArray *groups = [array valueForKeyPath:@"@distinctUnionOfObjects.groupId"];
for (NSString *groupId in groups)
{
    NSMutableDictionary *entry = [NSMutableDictionary new];
    [entry setObject:groupId forKey:@"groupId"];

    NSArray *groupNames = [array filteredArrayUsingPredicate:[NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"groupId = %@", groupId]];
    for (int i = 0; i < groupNames.count; i++)
    {
        NSString *name = [[groupNames objectAtIndex:i] objectForKey:@"name"];
        [entry setObject:name forKey:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"name%d", i + 1]];
    }
    [resultArray addObject:entry];
}

NSLog(@"%@", resultArray);

Output:

    (
        {
        groupId = 3;
        name1 = steve;
        name2 = jack;
        name3 = daniel;
    },
        {
        groupId = 4;
        name1 = alice;
        name2 = dan;
    },
        {
        groupId = 1;
        name1 = matt;
        name2 = bill;
        name3 = kevin;
    },
        {
        groupId = 2;
        name1 = john;
        name2 = bob;
        name3 = mike;
    }
 )