which std container to choose
i have a pile of data, which i need to access frequently and fast.
One entry consists of two unsigned ints, let`s call them source and destination.
One source can have several destinations, but this rarely ever happens.
Several sources can have the same destination - this happens more frequently, but still scarcely.
Once the data is set up, it rarely ever changes - yet it should be possible to add or remove entries.
I now need to find all sources for a given destination, or all destinations for a given source.
The question: which stl container to choose?
I have tried a multimap, using the source as key. This works good for finding all d for a given s, but is inefficient in the other direction.
Do you think it would be more efficient to have two multimaps, sorted respectively by source and destination?
Re: which std container to choose
I would have one unordered_map with source as key, each key associated with a vector of destinations. Then I would have another unordered_map with destination as key, each key associated with a vector of sources.
Originally Posted by tuli
Using std::unordered_map and std::vector like this would be very fast and flexible.