LINQ Query

I can't seem to wrap my brain around what strikes me as very simple.

Assume I have these two simple tables (IEnumerables really)

Table1: Authorities (IEnumerable<AuthorityRow>)
Position     CanAuthorize
======================
CEO           MedicalTravel
CEO           BusinessTravel
CFO           MedicalTravel
CFO           BusinessTravel
HRLeader  MedicalTravel

Table2: MatchList (IEnumerable<MatchListRow>)
Authority
=============
MedicalTravel
BusinessTravel

How can I produce a list of Positions who have all the Authorities listed in MatchList?

In the example above, CFO and CEO should be produced, but not HR Leader.

I normally prefer the method-based syntax but I'm not too particular and would be just as pleased with query-based.

tk

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tknudsen-qecAsked:
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nixkuroiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try this one:

List<Authority> Authorities = new List<Authority>();
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CEO", "Medical"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CEO", "Business"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CFO", "Medical"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CFO", "Business"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("HR Leader", "Medical"));

      List<string> MatchLists = new List<string>();
      MatchLists.Add("Medical");
      MatchLists.Add("Business");


      List<string> authsWithAll = Authorities.GroupBy(i => i.Position, (key, group) => group.First()).ToDictionary(d => d.Position, d => d).Keys.ToList().ToDictionary(d => d, d => Authorities.Where(w => w.Position == d).ToList().ConvertAll(c => c.CanAuthorize).ToList()).Where(w => MatchLists.Except((List<string>)w.Value).ToList().Count == 0 && ((List<string>)w.Value).Except(MatchLists).ToList().Count == 0).ToDictionary(d=>d.Key, d=>d.Value).Keys.ToList();
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naspinskiCommented:
Untested, but this should work:
var matches = MatchList.Select(x => x.Authority);//gets a IEnumerable<string>
var results = Authorities.Where(x => matches.Contains(x.CanAuthorize));

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tknudsen-qecAuthor Commented:
That was pretty much identical to my first attempt naspinski, but it fails because "HR Leader" produces one match on "Medical" and therefore ends up in the results list with the others.  Tested as attached.

 
public class Authority
    {
      public Authority(string pos, string canauth)
      {
        Position = pos;
        CanAuthorize = canauth;
      }
      public string Position { get; set; }
      public string CanAuthorize { get; set; }
    }

    public class MatchList
    {
      public MatchList(string auth)
      {
        Authority = auth;
      }
      public string Authority { get; set; }
    }


	


    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
      List<Authority> Authorities = new List<Authority>();
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CEO", "Medical"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CEO", "Business"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CFO", "Medical"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("CFO", "Business"));
      Authorities.Add(new Authority("HR Leader", "Medical"));

      List<MatchList> MatchLists = new List<MatchList>();
      MatchLists.Add(new MatchList("Medical"));
      MatchLists.Add(new MatchList("Business"));

      var matches = MatchLists.Select(x => x.Authority);//gets a IEnumerable<string>
      var results = Authorities.Where(x => matches.Contains(x.CanAuthorize));

    }

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tknudsen-qecAuthor Commented:
This is how I'd do it in T-SQL but I'm unsure of the translation to LINQ:

SELECT DISTINCT A.Position
FROM #Authorities A
INNER JOIN
(
      SELECT Distinct Position, Authority
      FROM #Authorities A
      CROSS JOIN #MatchList M
) M ON M.Authority = A.CanAuthorize AND M.Position = A.Position
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tknudsen-qecAuthor Commented:
Scratch that, my query doesn't work either.
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tknudsen-qecAuthor Commented:
This seems to work but its not pretty.

 
// create a cartesian product of all possible position/authority combinations
      IEnumerable<Authority> product =
        from M in MatchLists
        from A in Authorities.Select( x => x.Position).Distinct()
        select new Authority(A, M.Authority);

      // get a list of positions that dont match back to our list of valid combinations
      IEnumerable<string> invalidpositions =
        from p in product
        join a in Authorities on new { p.CanAuthorize, p.Position } equals new { a.CanAuthorize, a.Position } into ps
        from a in ps.DefaultIfEmpty()
        where a == null
        select p.Position;

      // get a list of positions that arent in our list of non-matches
      IEnumerable<string> validpositions = (from a in Authorities
                                           where !invalidpositions.Any(x => x == a.Position)
                                           select a.Position).Distinct();

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It emulates this SQL query:

   
SELECT DISTINCT Position
FROM #Authorities
WHERE Position NOT IN
(
	SELECT DISTINCT M.Position
	FROM
	(
		SELECT Distinct Position, Authority
		FROM #Authorities A
		CROSS JOIN #MatchList M
	) M
	LEFT OUTER JOIN #Authorities A ON M.Authority = A.CanAuthorize AND M.Position = A.Position
	WHERE A.Position IS NULL
)

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Which, since it works and nobody has an alternative, will serve as the "answer".

Thx go to naspinski for making an effort however.

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tknudsen-qecAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for tknudsen-qec's comment http:/Q_27312340.html#36551199

for the following reason:

Own solution works, no working alternatives provided.<br /><br />I'd be pleased to re-offer points (if permitted) if a better solution provided.
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tknudsen-qecAuthor Commented:
nixkuroi's solution works.  Please cancel the close-request so I can offer points.
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tknudsen-qecAuthor Commented:
@nixkuroi:
Thanks, that seems to work fine.  Thanks for not pointing out that I invented a "string" class for MatchLists.  Not sure what I was thinking.
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