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Subject: [xsl] To determine the distinct elements in a sequence of 46,656 elements takes 5 hours of XSLT processing
From: "Costello, Roger L." <costello@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:43:35 +0000

Hi Folks,

I have a sequence of 46,656 elements that I call "maps."

Here is one map:

    <map id="Planes-Enroute-to-Airports">
        <singletonMap from="F16" to="DFW"/>
        <singletonMap from="B707" to="ORD"/>
        <singletonMap from="F35" to="MIA"/>
        <singletonMap from="S340" to="LAX"/>
        <singletonMap from="A320" to="SFO"/>
        <singletonMap from="MD90" to="DEN"/>

I wrote a function to return all of the distinct maps.

Unfortunately it takes about 5 hours of XSLT processing.

Perhaps my XSLT program is inefficient.

I am hoping that you can show me a more efficient program or identify where my
program is inefficient.

I am using XSLT 2.0.

Here is my function to return all distinct maps:

    <xsl:function name="ct:distinct" as="element(map)*">
        <xsl:param name="maps" />

        <xsl:variable name="new-maps">
                <xsl:sequence select="$maps" />
        <xsl:for-each select="$new-maps/maps/map">
                <xsl:if test="not(ct:contained-within(.,
./following-sibling::map))"><xsl:sequence select="." /></xsl:if>


The following function determines if a map is contained within a sequence of
maps; it uses a binary divide-and-conquer approach:

    <xsl:function name="ct:contained-within" as="xs:boolean">
        <xsl:param name="map" as="element(map)"/>
        <xsl:param name="maps" as="element(map)*"/>

        <xsl:variable name="cnt" select="count($maps)" />

            <xsl:when test="$cnt eq 0"><xsl:value-of select="false()"
            <xsl:when test="ct:equal($map, $maps[1])"><xsl:value-of
select="true()" /></xsl:when>
            <xsl:when test="$cnt eq 1"><xsl:value-of select="false()"
                <xsl:variable name="half" select="$cnt idiv 2" />
                    <xsl:when test="ct:contained-within($map, $maps[position()
= (2 to $half)])"><xsl:value-of select="true()" /></xsl:when>
select="ct:contained-within($map, $maps[position() = (($half + 1) to
last())])" /></xsl:otherwise>



Two maps are equal iff for each singletonMap in map1 there is a singletonMap
in map2 with the same value for @to and @from:

    <xsl:function name="ct:equal" as="xs:boolean">
        <xsl:param name="map1" as="element(map)"/>
        <xsl:param name="map2" as="element(map)"/>

            <xsl:when test="count($map1/*) ne count($map2/*)"><xsl:value-of
select="false()" /></xsl:when>
                <xsl:variable name="result">
                    <xsl:for-each select="$map1/singletonMap">
                        <xsl:variable name="here" select="." />
                        <xsl:if test="$map2/singletonMap[@from eq $here/@from
and @to ne $here/@to]">false</xsl:if>

                    <xsl:when test="contains($result, 'false')"><xsl:value-of
select="false()" /></xsl:when>
                    <xsl:otherwise><xsl:value-of select="true()"



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