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Posted on 2009-07-12
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Is there any method to do intersection on String. Say I have a string:
str = car, apple, car, pencil, orange, apple, cup, coffee

I would like to loop through that string and then retrive only the intersected values. so the result would be:
result = car, apple

Can I do this?? Any idea please.
Thanks!!!
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Question by:Juuno
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by:CEHJ
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That wouldn't be an intersection, that would simply be repeated values
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by:CEHJ
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Try something like the following:
        List<String> values = Arrays.asList("car, apple, car, pencil, orange, apple, cup, coffee".split("\\s*,\\s*"));
        Stack<String> s = new Stack<String>();
        Set<String> dups = new HashSet<String>();
        Collections.sort(values);
        s.push("");
        for (String value : values) {
            if (value.equals(s.peek())) {
                dups.add(value);
            }
            else {
                s.push(value);
            }
        }
        System.out.println(dups);

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by:objects
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String str = "car,apple,car,pencil,orange,apple,cup,coffee";
Set unique = new HashSet(Arrays.asList(str.split(",")));
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by:Juuno
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@ objects - thanks. but I want to get repeated values, not to reduce duplicate values. I think my title makes u confuse. Thanks anyway.

@ CEHJ, is there anyway I can also get the values of how many times they are repeated ?

Thanks!!
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by:CEHJ
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>>@ CEHJ, is there anyway I can also get the values of how many times they are repeated ?

You can keep a Map and increment the count into it, keyed on the value
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by:Juuno
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ur code is like: if u find an equal string, then put that value into 'dups', right? so, I tried to change like this:

But it printed out like this: {car=1, apple=1}
String test = "car, apple, car, pencil, orange, apple, cup, coffee";
	       List<String> values = Arrays.asList(test.split("\\s*,\\s*"));
	        Stack<String> s = new Stack<String>();
	        Map<String, Integer> dups = new HashMap<String, Integer>();
	        Collections.sort(values);
	        s.push("");
	        int ctn=0;
	        for (String value : values) {
	            if (value.equals(s.peek())) {
	            	if(dups.get(value) == null) {
				        dups.put(value, new Integer(1));
				    } else {
				    	dups.put(value, new Integer(dups.get(value).intValue() + 1));
				    }
				    }
	            else {
	                s.push(value);
	            }
	        }
	        System.out.println(dups);
	}

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by:Juuno
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I got it:
I should change the value '1' to '2' in this line:
> dups.put(value, new Integer(1)
> dups.put(value, new Integer(2).

Thanks anyway!!

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by:CEHJ
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You first of all need to get the count out of the Map if the key exists, and increment it. If the key doesn't exist, you put a count of 1
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by:objects
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> @ objects - thanks. but I want to get repeated values, not to reduce duplicate values.

yes saw that. you just need to remove the unique values from the original list.
you will be left with the values that are diped

let me know if you need the code, should only be a couple of lines, you don't need a loop
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ozlevanon earned 2000 total points
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You can also achieve that using Collections.frequency method (not that most efficient code, but shorter).
See snippet below.
String str = "car, apple, car, pencil, orange, apple, cup, coffee";
List<String> list = new ArrayList<String>(Arrays.asList(str.split("\\s*,\\s*")));
Set<String> duplicates = new HashSet<String>();
for (String s : list)
{
	if (Collections.frequency(list, s) > 1)
	{
		duplicates.add(s);
	}
}
System.out.println("duplicates = " + duplicates);

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