# Array Question - Strassens Method - Urgent

Say Im implementing Strassens method for an array that is larger than 2x2(say 4x4 n=4). And say I calculated each sub array correctly (the 4 n/2 pieces) and I want to construct the new nxn matrix that holds the solution. Whats the easiest/most efficient way to reconstruct a larger array from the smaller pieces, just a for loop or is there something easier.
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Author Commented:
Also, on the opp side of the question whats the easiest way to deconstruct the array in 4 n/2 pieces, basically the 4 quadrants...also a double for loop??
Commented:
Looping, AFAIK, can't be avoided, but you can System.arraycopy where there's subarrays, so every single element need not be looped over.

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Author Commented:
how would it work for a two dimensional array, say I have

a=2x2
b=2x2
c=2x2
d=2x2

and I want a 4x4 array like
ab
cd
whats the most efficient way to do that?

Java DeveloperCommented:
Are you actually using 2d array in your internal representation, and is it that required.
Commented:
Maybe some tree structure coud simplify that;

class Matrix
{
Matrix parent;
int leafValue = null;
Matrix[][] children = null; //could be ArrayList
public Matrix(Matrix parent, int leafValue) //for leafs
{
this.parent = parent;
this leafValue = leafValue;
}
public Matrix(Matrix parent) //for nodes
{
this.parent = parent;
}
public int getValue() //possible modification for other data
{
if (children == null) return leafValue;
//calculate value of submatrix
int val = children[0][0].getValue()+children[1][1].getValue() ....//recurrent calls
return val;
}

}

I hope it help ;-)
Commented:
Above class can be modified fo keeping one data for each submatrixes - they shoud keep a range of data in global matrix...
Java DeveloperCommented:
> and I want a 4x4 array like
> ab
> cd

int[][] result = new int[4][4];
for (int i=0; i<2; i++)
{
System.arraycopy(a[i], 0, result[i], 0, 2);
System.arraycopy(b[i], 0, result[i], 2, 2);
System.arraycopy(c[i], 0, result[i+2], 0, 2);
System.arraycopy(d[i], 0, result[i+2], 2, 2);
}
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