C++ Set


title: Set

A set data structure in c++ is defined the same way a set is defined in the context of mathematics.

More formally speaking, Sets are a type of associative containers in which each element has to be unique.

  • The value of the element cannot be modified once it is entered, although deleting an element and inserting a new element is allowed, the same way we do in mathenatics.
  • Set data sructure can be used to model, well, sets itself. It becomes easy to find intersections, unions etc.
  • Similar to vector, but only unique values are allowed.
  • Set arranges the elements in increasing order as and when you insert elements into the set.

The header file required for using the set data structure is ‘set’. i.e, #include<set> must be there in your code for you to use the set data structure.

Pro tip:- Use #include<bits/stdc++.h> to include all C++ data structures and functions, instead of adding them one by one.


Some of the functions that can be performed with a set:-

  1. begin() – Returns an iterator to the first element in the set
  2. end() – Returns an iterator to the theoretical element that follows last element in the set
  3. size() – Returns the number of elements in the set
  4. max_size() – Returns the maximum number of elements that the set can hold
  5. empty() – Returns whether the set is empty
  6. erase(const g)- Removes the value ‘g’ from the set
  7. clear() – Removes all the elements from the set

Let us look at an example :-

#include <iostream> #include <set> #include <iterator> using namespace std; int main() { set <int> myset; //an empty set container. Note that size of the set need not be declared, similar to vector. // insert elements in random order myset.insert(65); myset.insert(30); myset.insert(80); myset.insert(20); myset.insert(9); myset.insert(9); // only one 9 will be added to the list. // printing set myset set <int> :: iterator itr; //an iterator is like a pointer. cout << "\nThe contents of myset : "; for (itr = myset.begin(); itr != myset.end(); ++itr) { cout << '\t' << *itr; } cout << endl; // remove all elements up to 65 in myset from the beginning:- cout << "\nContents of myset after removal of elements less than 30 : "; myset.erase(myset.begin(), myset.find(30)); for (itr = myset.begin(); itr != myset.end(); ++itr) { cout << '\t' << *itr; } // remove element with value 50 in myset int num = myset.erase(80); //returns true (and deletes) if 80 is there in the list else returns 0. cout<<"\n\n After doing myset.erase(80), "<<num<<" element is removed\n\n"; cout<<"Contents of the modified set:\t"; for (itr = myset.begin(); itr != myset.end(); ++itr) { cout << '\t' << *itr; } cout << endl; return 0; }
Output:- The contents of myset : 9 20 30 65 80 Contents of myset after removal of elements less than 30 : 30 65 80 After doing myset.erase(80), 1 element is removed Contents of the modified set: 30 65

### Sources

  1. Geeks for Geeks

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