Map vs. Set

Hi there;

Can the same keys occur in maps in Java?
Also for same key but different value mapping, what can be used?

A 1 4
A 23 5
A 345 4
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B 12 6
B 23 7
B 34444 8

12 23 345 in A and 12 23 34444 in B are unique keys for each group, so how can i group those, so that I can reach let's say longest element? Any stragies? Where to put where? Which collections?

Regards.
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jazzIIIloveAsked:
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dpearsonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The basic way to support this is to build a structure like this:

Map<String, List<String>> multiKeyMap = new HashMap<String, List<String>>() ;

to add a value you do this:
if (multiKeyMap.get(key) == null) multiKeyMap.put(key, new ArrayList<String>()) ;
multiKeyMap.get(key).add(value) ;

to get the list of values for a key you do this:
multiKeyMap.get(key) ; // Returns a list

You should be able to put the rest together pretty easily once you start from this.

Doug
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tvedtemCommented:
A Map maps keys to values.
A single key can only have one value.
There is nothing to stop you making the value a List object, should you need a 1-many data structure..

Does that answer your question ?  I didn't understand what you meant by reaching the 'longest element'.  A HashMap will allow you to find entries by key.
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mccarlIT Business Systems Analyst / Software DeveloperCommented:
The below is some code that may be able to help what you want. It is based on MANY assumptions, as the description that you give above (and in your previous, now delete, question) is way too vague. But hopefully, it may be a starting point. If you can say where the below is not in line with your requirements, I can help you further.
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;


public class TestMapOfLists {
    
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Map<String, List<ItemDetail>> map = new HashMap<String, List<ItemDetail>>();
        map.put("A", Arrays.asList(new ItemDetail("1", 4), new ItemDetail("23", 5), new ItemDetail("345", 4)));
        map.put("B", Arrays.asList(new ItemDetail("12", 6), new ItemDetail("23", 7), new ItemDetail("34444", 8)));
        
        System.out.println("Map data\n--------\n" + map);
        
        
        Map<String, ItemDetail> results = new HashMap<String, TestMapOfLists.ItemDetail>();
        
        for (Map.Entry<String, List<ItemDetail>> entry : map.entrySet()) {
            int maxLength = 0;
            
            for (ItemDetail itemDetail : entry.getValue()) {
                int length = itemDetail.getId().length();
                
                if (length > maxLength) {
                    results.put(entry.getKey(), itemDetail);
                    maxLength = length;
                }
            }
        }
        
        System.out.println("Results\n--------\n" + results);
    }
    
    private static class ItemDetail {
        private String id;
        private int price;
        
        public ItemDetail(String id, int price) {
            this.id = id;
            this.price = price;
        }

        public String getId() {
            return id;
        }

        public int getPrice() {
            return price;
        }

        @Override
        public String toString() {
            return id + ": " + price;
        }
    }
}

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CEHJCommented:
Can the same keys occur in maps in Java?
No
Also for same key but different value mapping, what can be used?
You need a 'multimap'
http://commons.apache.org/collections/api-3.1/org/apache/commons/collections/MultiMap.html
You can of course make your own multimap without 3rd party libraries if you want
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