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1:1 Map class?

 
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Is there a 1:1 map class where you can look up one value based on another?
Say I have a mapping like
1-four
2-three
3-two
4-one
Is there an object where I can look up "one" and get 4, and 2 gets me "three"?
 
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Hi Phil,
Actually it's the Map interface. Probably the most used implementation is the HashMap.
So for your example:

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Is there an object where I can look up "one" and get 4, and 2 gets me "three"?


Anything is possible in Java:

Eugene.
 
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Well, the Map interface has the get function, for returning the value based on the key - but there is no function for returning the key based on the value.
I know I could work around it by doing a cross-mapping - have x->y and y->x, so the map size would be 2x the actual number of pairs - but I'm just wondering if there's a pre-made 1:1 both key/value unique sort of object.
 
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Michael and I engaged in a "Who answers faster?" competition. While I typed my demo, Michael posted his. The solutions are nearly identical, -- so much for diversity of opinion.
Eugene.
 
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There is an implementation called DoubleOrderedMap from Jakarta Projects under Commons Collections.
http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/collections/
 
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And Ryo wins!
 
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The solutions are nearly identical, -- so much for diversity of opinion.


When you're right, you're right.
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Look again at Phil's question. Lookups need to go both ways - not just key to value, but also value to key. (Well, the distinction between key and value loses meaning in this case, but you get the idea.) That's where the DoubleOrderedMap comes in. It's not difficult to implement yourself by making a wrapper around two internal Maps (one for each direction of lookup) - but since it's already done for us at Jakarta...
[ March 18, 2003: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
 
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