Copying Algorithms

Copying with Different Ordering

Is it possible to copy elements from a range to a destination with a different ordering, not just reversed or rotated?

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Yes, it is possible to copy elements from a range to a destination with a different ordering, not just reversed or rotated.

You can achieve this by using custom sorting or shuffling algorithms before or during the copy process.

Custom Sorting Before Copy

One approach is to sort the elements in the desired order before copying them to the destination container. Here’s an example:

#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>

int main() {
  std::vector<int> Source{5, 3, 1, 4, 2};
  std::vector<int> Destination(5);

  // Sort the source range in ascending order
  std::sort(Source.begin(), Source.end());

  // Copy the sorted range to the destination
  std::ranges::copy(Source, Destination.begin());

  for (int Value : Destination) {
    std::cout << Value << ", ";
  }
}
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

Custom Order During Copy

Another approach is to define a custom order during the copy process using a permutation or a custom transformation.

Using a Permutation Index

You can use an index array to define a custom order and apply this order during the copy process:

#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>

int main() {
  std::vector<int> Source{10, 20, 30, 40, 50};
  std::vector<int> Destination(5);
  std::vector<size_t> Permutation{4, 2, 0, 3, 1};

  for (size_t i = 0; i < Source.size(); ++i) {
    Destination[i] = Source[Permutation[i]]; 
  }

  for (int Value : Destination) {
    std::cout << Value << ", ";
  }
}
50, 30, 10, 40, 20,

Using Transform Iterator

For more complex transformations, you can use a transform iterator to apply a function to each element during the copy:

#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
#include <iterator>

int main() {
  std::vector<int> Source{1, 2, 3, 4, 5};
  std::vector<int> Destination(5);

  std::transform(Source.begin(), Source.end(),
                 Destination.begin(),
                 [](int x) { return x * x; }); 

  for (int Value : Destination) {
    std::cout << Value << ", ";
  }
}
1, 4, 9, 16, 25,

Using Custom Comparison

You can also use a custom comparison function to define a specific order and then copy the elements:

#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>

bool customCompare(int a, int b) {
  // Group even and odd numbers
  return (a % 2) < (b % 2); 
}

int main() {
  std::vector<int> Source{1, 2, 3, 4, 5};
  std::vector<int> Destination(5);

  std::sort(Source.begin(), Source.end(),
    customCompare);

  std::ranges::copy(Source, Destination.begin());

  for (int Value : Destination) {
    std::cout << Value << ", ";
  }
}
2, 4, 1, 3, 5,

By using these techniques, you can copy elements in a custom order that suits your specific requirements.

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