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Subject: Re: [xsl] To determine the distinct elements in a sequence of 46,656 elements takes 5 hours of XSLT processing
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:11:50 +0100

Try the following:


where f:signature is

<xsl:function name="f:signature">
<xsl:param name="map" as="element(map)">
<xsl:variable name="sorted-map" as="element(singletonMap)*">
<xsl:perform-sort select="$map/*">
<xsl:sort select="@from"/>
<xsl:sort select="@to"/>
<xsl:sequence select="string-join($sorted-map/concat(@from, '~', @to), '|')"/>

Michael Kay

On 19/08/2012 23:43, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
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>
<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:when>
<xsl:variable name="half" select="$cnt idiv 2" />
<xsl:when test="ct:contained-within($map, $maps[position() = (2 to $half)])"><xsl:value-of select="true()" /></xsl:when>
<xsl:otherwise><xsl:value-of select="ct:contained-within($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()" /></xsl:otherwise>


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