C++23 Fold Algorithms

# Practical Applications of Fold Algorithms

## What are some practical applications of fold algorithms in real-world programming?

Fold algorithms, such as fold_left() and fold_right(), have many practical applications in real-world programming. These algorithms are useful for reducing collections of elements into single values using various operations. Here are some common useÂ cases:

## 1. Summing Values

One of the simplest applications is summing up a collection of numbers. For instance, calculating the total cost of items in a shoppingÂ cart.

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

int main() {
std::vector<int> prices{100, 200, 300, 400, 500};

int total = std::ranges::fold_left(
prices, 0, std::plus<>());
std::cout << "Total cost: " << total;
}
Total cost: 1500

## 2. String Concatenation

Fold algorithms can be used to concatenate strings, such as creating a single sentence from a list ofÂ words.

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

int main() {
std::vector<std::string> words{
"Hello", "world", "this", "is", "C++"};

std::string sentence = std::ranges::fold_left(
words, std::string(), std::plus<>());

std::cout << "Sentence: " << sentence;
}
Sentence: HelloworldthisisC++

## 3. Finding Maximum/Minimum

Fold algorithms can be used to find the maximum or minimum value in aÂ collection.

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

int main() {
std::vector<int> numbers{3, 5, 7, 2, 8, 1};

int max_value = std::ranges::fold_left(
numbers, numbers[0],
[](int a, int b) { return std::max(a, b); }
);
std::cout << "Max value: " << max_value;
}
Max value: 8

## 4. Product Calculation

Multiplying all elements in a collection to find the product is another common useÂ case.

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

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

int product = std::ranges::fold_left(
factors, 1, std::multiplies<>());
std::cout << "Product: " << product;
}
Product: 120

## 5. Complex Data Aggregation

Folding can be used to aggregate data into complex structures. For example, aggregating scores into a custom ResultÂ type.

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

struct Result {
int sum;
int count;

Result operator+(int score) const {
return Result{sum + score, count + 1}; }

void log() const {
std::cout << "Sum: " << sum
<< ", Count: " << count << "\n";
}
};

int main() {
std::vector<int> scores{10, 20, 30, 40, 50};

Result result = std::ranges::fold_left(
scores, Result{0, 0}, std::plus<>());

result.log();
}
Sum: 150, Count: 5

## 6. Custom Operations

You can use custom operations tailored to specific needs, such as combining objects or accumulating specificÂ properties.

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

struct Player {
std::string name;
int score;
};

int main() {
std::vector<Player> players{
{"Alice", 10}, {"Bob", 20}, {"Charlie", 30}
};

int total_score = std::ranges::fold_left(
players,
0,
[](int total, const Player& p) {
}
);

std::cout << "Total score: " << total_score;
}
Total score: 60

In summary, fold algorithms are versatile tools in programming, useful for summing values, concatenating strings, finding extremes, calculating products, aggregating complex data, and performing customÂ operations.

Their flexibility and power make them essential for various real-worldÂ applications.

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### C++23 Fold Algorithms

An introduction to the 6 new folding algorithms added in C++23, providing alternatives to std::reduce and std::accumulate

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