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    Different sizeof array when I insert it by myself

    I'm just struggling with winding numbers algorithm. I have a homework to write a program where I have to insert points by myself of polygon and points which I'm going to investigate.
    Anyway, the problem is I get a different output of sizeof(polygon) when I insert it by myself (4) than it is written in code (48). I dunno why and I'm struggling with this problem. I would be very grateful if someone could help!

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    Re: Different sizeof array when I insert it by myself

    Please post formatted code using code tags rather than a screen image.

    I think you're asking why the values of n1 and n2 in the code below are not the same?

    struct Point {
    	int x;
    	int y;
    int main()
    	Point polygon1[] = { {2,2}, {4,4}, {6,6}, {-3,1}, {-1,-1}, {5,1} };
    	const size_t n1 = sizeof(polygon1) / sizeof(polygon1[0]);
    	cout << "n1 = " << n1 << endl;
    	Point* polygon2 = new Point[6];
    	for (size_t i = 0; i < 6; ++i)
    		cin >> polygon2[i].x >> polygon2[i].y;
    	const size_t n2 = sizeof(polygon2) / sizeof(polygon2[0]);
    	cout << "n2 = " << n2 << endl;
    n1 = 6
    1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
    n2 = 0
    n1 is the expected value of 6.

    However n2 is 0. The reason for this is that sizeof(polygon2) gives the size of the pointer - not the size of the memory to which polygon2 points. For a 32-bit compile, the size of a pointer is 32 bits (4 bytes) - so you get 4 / 8 which is 0.

    Rather than using dynamically allocated memory, it would be better to use a vector if you don't know at compile time the size of the array.


    struct Point {
    	int x;
    	int y;
    	Point(int x1, int y1) : x(x1), y(y1) {}
    	vector<Point> polygon3;
    	for (size_t i = 0; i < 6; ++i) {
    		int x, y;
    		cin >> x >> y;
    		polygon3.emplace_back(x, y);
    	cout << "n3 = " << polygon3.size() << endl;
    This gives the output:

    1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
    n3 = 6
    Last edited by 2kaud; April 22nd, 2019 at 05:52 AM.
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