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removing dups using Set

Rich Wright

Joined: Feb 19, 2008
Posts: 2
I am having a problem removing duplicate objects using LinkedHashSet. I created a test object called MyDimension. I have overridden the equals method and the hashcode method. I think I have overridden them correctly but I may have made a mistake. I get the correct behavior when I call the equals method of MyDimension when comparing two objects, so I don't think there is anything wrong there. I added print statements to the hashcode method and it shows the same hashcode value for the two objects that contain the same data. It there something I am missing?

I just can't figure out why the ArrayList passed to LinkedHashSet still have duplicates. I have included the MyDimension.java and Test4.java.

public class MyDimension {
double length;
double width;

public MyDimension(double length, double width) {
this.length = length;
this.width = width;

public double getLength() {
return length;
public double getWidth() {
return width;

public String toString() {
return new String("Length = " + length + " Width = "+ width);

public boolean equals(MyDimension obj) {
if (obj != null && (obj.getClass().equals(this.getClass()))) {
return (width == obj.getWidth()) && (length == obj.getLength());

return false;

public int hashCode() {
long tempValue = (Double.doubleToLongBits(this.length) + Double.doubleToLongBits(this.width));
System.out.println("HASHCODE CALLED VALUE IS " + tempValue);
int tempInt = (int)(tempValue^(tempValue >>> 32));
System.out.println("HASHCODE CALLED VALUE IS " + tempInt);
return tempInt;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.HashSet;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.LinkedHashSet;

public class Test4 {

public static void main(String args[]) {
MyDimension a = new MyDimension(21.1, 20.1);
MyDimension b = new MyDimension(11.5, 10.5);
MyDimension c = new MyDimension(21.1, 20.1);
MyDimension d = new MyDimension(5.4, 3.4);

ArrayList<MyDimension> myList = new ArrayList<MyDimension>();

LinkedHashSet<MyDimension> set = new LinkedHashSet<MyDimension>();


if (a.equals(b)) {
System.out.println("A equals B");
else {
System.out.println("A does not equal B");
if (a.equals(c)) {
System.out.println("A equals C");
else {
System.out.println("A does not equal C");

for (int i = 0; i < myList.size(); i++) {
System.out.println( myList.get(i).toString() );

Ernest Friedman-Hill
author and iconoclast

Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24166


Welcome to JavaRanch!

You've committed an error that everyone makes once; most people don't make it again.

The equals() method you've written does not override the one in Object, so HashSet, etc, don't use it. Your equals() takes a MyDimension as an argument; Object's takes an Object. Change your equals to take an Object as an argument, check whether the argument is a MyDimension with instanceof, cast it to MyDimension if appropriate, and then do the checks you've shown here. The program will then magically work!

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Rich Wright

Joined: Feb 19, 2008
Posts: 2
Thanks for the help. I made the recommended changes and everything magically worked just as you said it would .
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