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Given an array on 'N' names (Strings) , find how many distinct name are there in total?

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Given an array on 'N' names (Strings) , find how many distinct name are there in total?
1. Code should have minimum time complexity.
2. Share the C code?

posted May 16, 2017 by anonymous

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/** Header File inclusion */
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

#define MAX_NAMES 10
#define MAX_NAME_LENGTH 10

/** Main function definition */
int main()
{
        /** Array of pointer which will store all names */
    char *names[MAX_NAMES];
    int n = 0,i=0,j=0,count=0,flag=0;
    printf("\nEnter the No of names ");
    /** Get the no of name count */
    scanf("%d",&n);
    /** Get the names */
    printf("\nEnter the names(max char %d)\n",MAX_NAME_LENGTH);
    for(i=0;i<n;i++) 
    {   
        /** allocate memory for the names */
        names[i] = (char *)malloc(sizeof(char) * MAX_NAME_LENGTH);
        if(!names[i])
            return;
        /** If you enter more than max character then unknown behaviour */
        scanf("%s",names[i]);
    }

    for(i=0;i<n;i++)
    {
        flag = 0;
        if(names[i] != NULL) {

            for(j=i+1;j<n;j++){
                /** Compare the string with next string */
                if(names[j]!=NULL) {
                    if(!strcmp(names[i],names[j])) {
                        /** Make flag set to know string is identical */
                        flag = 1;
                        /** If string is identical then make it as NULL so that next time we will not compare */
                        names[j] = NULL;
                    }
                }
            }
            /** If flag is zero then the string is not matched with any other string */
            if(flag == 0) 
                count++;

        }
    }
    printf("\nCount is %d",count);
}
answer May 16, 2017 by Jaganathan
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