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convert array to nested hash


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May 20, 2010, 7:34 AM

Post #1 of 2 (4193 views)
convert array to nested hash Can't Post

I need help in determining the best method to convert an array to a nested hash.

Assume I have two arrays:

 my @array1 = ("a", "b", "c", "d");  

my @array2 = ("a", "c", "e");

What I need to do is to to merge the two arrays into a hash table where I can assign some data to the leaf node (last element) of the tree. The hass needs to look like this:

 my %hash = { 
'a' => {
'b' => {
'c' => {
d => 'some data'
'c' => {
'e' => 'some other data'

Any help on how to code this would be greatly appreciated.


May 20, 2010, 12:17 PM

Post #2 of 2 (4186 views)
Re: [chasdavies] convert array to nested hash [In reply to] Can't Post

A little tricky: you have to keep track of the next to last item. Also, you will have problems if one sequence is the beginning subsequence of another, as in:

@array1 = qw( a b c ); 
@array2 = qw( a b c d e );



use strict;
use warnings;

use Data::Dumper;

# Make Data::Dumper pretty
$Data::Dumper::Sortkeys = 1;
$Data::Dumper::Indent = 1;

# Set maximum depth for Data::Dumper, zero means unlimited
local $Data::Dumper::Maxdepth = 0;

my %hash = ();
my $c = 0;

store( qw( a b c d e ) );
store( qw( a c e ) );

print '%hash: ', Dumper \%hash;

sub store {

if( @_ ){
my $h = \%hash;
my $last = undef;
for my $k ( @_ ){
$last = $h;
$h->{$k} = {} unless exists $h->{$k};
$h = $h->{$k};
$last->{$_[-1]} = "some " . ( 'other ' x $c++ ) . "data";


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