Efficient Functional Data Structures

Ulf Wiger <>
Tue Jan 7 10:51:55 CET 2003

On Tue, 7 Jan 2003, Klacke wrote:

>ets:match_object(T, {[a, b | '_'] .....
>a cons pattern would do the trick

For searches like the one above, an ordered_set table is
actually more efficient than a set, since it will not scan
all objects -- only the ones that start with [a, b].

The same is true when using ets:select/2, as long as the
first part(s) of the key is bound, and (if I recall
correctly), there are no guard patterns.

In other words, ets:match_object(T, {[`_`,b ¦ `_`], ...})
will have to search the entire table for both set and
ordered_set. Also,

ets:select(T,ets:fun2ms(fun({[H¦T],Val} when H > 10 ->
                             {[H¦T], Val}

For really sophisticated ets searches, look at ets:select/2,
and also take a look at the ms_transform module.

(My X client seems to map the vertical bar to something that
the Erlang parser doesn`t like, so I`ve had trouble
producing a working example... I have yet to figure this

Ulf Wiger, Senior Specialist,
   / / /   Architecture & Design of Carrier-Class Software
  / / /    Strategic Product & System Management
 / / /     Ericsson Telecom AB, ATM Multiservice Networks

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