Check for duplicates

Discussion in 'Questions (Windows Mobile)' started by moster67, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. moster67

    moster67 Expert Licensed User

    I need to verify in a text-file (a word-list which might contain thousands of items) that there are no duplicates therein.

    To verify if there are any duplicates, I am using the Hashtable-object from Agraham's Collection-library as follows:

    Do Until s=EOF
    If hash.ContainsKey(s) Then
    'take note of the key (word) and do something
                hash.Add(s, strAt(s,
    End If
    Above works since the key must be unique and if I would try to add a duplicate key to the hashtable, then I would get an error.

    Do you have any other suggestions, which are faster, to check for duplicates. I thought about loading the text file into two separate arrays and then check one array's words against the other array's words but I think that would be slower.

    As mentioned above, I am talking about a lot of words, could be 80000-90000 items.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2008
  2. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    Although I'm not familiar with it, I think regex would be faster....
  3. moster67

    moster67 Expert Licensed User

    Thank you.

    I have heard a lot about RegEx but like yourself I am not familiar with it (to be honest it looks teriibly complicated).

    So for the time being, I will probably stick to the Hashtable but I will keep your suggestion in mind.


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