John Hubler John Hubler - 1 month ago 6
Swift Question

Performing array functions on an array of structs

Let's say that I have the following Struct:

struct LogInfo {
var logNumber: Int
var species: String
var diameter: Float
var formClass: Int
var numLogs: Float
var boardFootage: Double

And it is populated by the following:

var logInfoArray = [LogInfo]()

logInfoArray.append(LogInfo(logNumber: 1, species: "Spruce", diameter: 18.0, formClass: 78, numLogs: 1.5, boardFootage: 110.0))
logInfoArray.append(LogInfo(logNumber: 2, species: "Spruce", diameter: 17.0, formClass: 78, numLogs: 1.0, boardFootage: 90.0))
logInfoArray.append(LogInfo(logNumber: 3, species: "Pine", diameter: 18.0, formClass: 78, numLogs: 1.5, boardFootage: 89.0))
logInfoArray.append(LogInfo(logNumber: 4, species: "Pine", diameter: 21.0, formClass: 78, numLogs: 1.0, boardFootage: 120.0))
logInfoArray.append(LogInfo(logNumber: 5, species: "Pine", diameter: 19.0, formClass: 78, numLogs: 1.5, boardFootage: 200.0))
logInfoArray.append(LogInfo(logNumber: 6, species: "Oak", diameter: 22.0, formClass: 78, numLogs: 2, boardFootage: 180.0))

How would I go about performing some array functions on these entries?

For example - I would like figure out how many unique species are in the array, and end up with a new array containing each individual species.

i.e. var speciesArray = ["Spruce", "Pine", "Oak"]

I would also like to be able to then perform some calculations with those in mind. Like, tallying up the total board footage values of all entries that have "Pine" as the species.

Does anybody have some tips on how I could go about this?

Thank you in advance!


To find the unique species, use map to create an array of the species, Set to find the unique ones, and Array to covert the result back to an array:

let unique = Array(Set( { $0.species }))
print(unique)  // ["Oak", "Pine", "Spruce"]

To find the total board footage for Pines, use filter to select just the Pines, and then use reduce to total up the board footage for the Pines:

let totalBoardFootage = logInfoArray.filter { $0.species == "Pine" }.reduce(0) { $0 + $1.boardFootage }
print(totalBoardFootage)  // 409.0