Partition Algorithms

Alternatives to partition()

Are there any alternatives to using std::partition() or std::ranges::partition() that offer better performance or additional features?

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While std::partition() and std::ranges::partition() are powerful tools for dividing collections, there are alternatives that might offer better performance or additional features depending on your specific needs.

1. Use stable_partition()

If you need to maintain the relative order of elements, std::ranges::stable_partition() is a better choice despite its higher complexity. It ensures the order of equivalent elements is preserved:

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

int main() {
  std::vector<int> A = {1, -6, 7, 2, 5, 4};

  auto isEven = [](int x) { return x % 2 == 0; };

  std::ranges::stable_partition(A, isEven);

  std::cout << "After stable_partition: ";
  for (int x : A) {
    std::cout << x << ", ";
  }
}
After stable_partition: -6, 2, 4, 1, 7, 5,

2. Parallel Algorithms

For large datasets, parallel algorithms can significantly speed up processing. The <execution> library in C++17 introduces parallel versions of many algorithms, including partition():

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

int main() {
  std::vector<int> A = {1, -6, 7, 2, 5, 4};

  auto isEven = [](int x) { return x % 2 == 0; };

  std::partition(std::execution::par,
    A.begin(), A.end(), isEven);

  std::cout << "After parallel partition: ";
  for (int x : A) {
    std::cout << x << ", ";
  }
}
After parallel partition: -6, 2, 4, 1, 7, 5,

3. Custom Partitioning Functions

For specialized needs, custom partitioning functions can offer more control. You can implement a tailored partitioning algorithm optimized for your specific use case.

This might involve tweaking the logic for how elements are moved or adding additional processing steps. Here’s a simple custom partition function:

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

template <typename Iterator, typename Predicate>
Iterator custom_partition(Iterator first,
  Iterator last, Predicate pred) {
  Iterator result = first;
  for (Iterator it = first; it != last; ++it) {
    if (pred(*it)) {
      std::iter_swap(it, result);
      ++result;
    }
  }
  return result;
}

int main() {
  std::vector<int> A = {1, -6, 7, 2, 5, 4};
  auto isEven = [](int x) { return x % 2 == 0; };

  auto partition_point = custom_partition(
    A.begin(), A.end(), isEven);

  std::cout << "After custom partition: ";
  for (int x : A) {
    std::cout << x << ", ";
  }
}
After custom partition: -6, 2, 4, 1, 7, 5,

4. Library-Specific Algorithms

Certain libraries offer enhanced partitioning functions. Libraries like Boost provide additional algorithms and data structures that might offer improved performance or flexibility for specific applications.

Conclusion

While std::partition() and std::ranges::partition() are versatile and efficient for many cases, exploring alternatives like stable_partition(), parallel algorithms, custom functions, or library-specific tools can provide better performance or additional features tailored to your needs.

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