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I'm looking at two different approaches thought to be used in deleting "blanks" or "zeros" from an array.

The second method works (and its just for blanks) while the first method for blanks AND zeros a result that is NOT good.

You have to uncomment/comment each method, but could someone please point out why one is not working - what needs to be tweaked and corrected?  



#include <Constants.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

Global $aLogBUD2[6][3] = [["","",""],["col 0", "col1", "col2"], ["abc", "efg", "123"],["","",""], ["", "", ""], ["hij", "", "xyz"]]

_ArrayDisplay($aLogBUD2, "initial array")

; METHOD ONE FOR DELETE 0 OR BLANKS *****************
Local $iCount = 0, $sTemp
For $i = 0 To UBound( $aLogBUD2, 1)  - 1
    $iDelete = 0

    For $j = 0 To UBound( $aLogBUD2, 2) - 1
        $aLogBUD2[ $iCount][$j] =  $aLogBUD2[$i][$j]
        If  $aLogBUD2[$i][$j] == 0 OR $aLogBUD2[$i][$j] = ""   Then $iDelete = 1

    If NOT $iDelete  Then  $iCount += 1

;~ For $i = UBound($aLogBUD2) - 1 To 0 Step -1
;~     ; Create a blank variable
;~     $sTemp = ""
;~     For $j = 0 To UBound($aLogBUD2, 2) - 1
;~         ; Add each of the elements in the row
;~         $sTemp &= $aLogBUD2[$i][$j]
;~         ; If it contains something then ignore this row
;~         If $sTemp <> "" Then ContinueLoop 2
;~     Next
;~     ; There was nothing at all in that row
;~     _ArrayDelete($aLogBUD2, $i)
;~ Next


_ArrayDisplay($aLogBUD2, "ending")
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I think there are some functions on the forum for this...

Here is my own function, maybe it can help you :

#Include <Array.au3> ; Just for _ArrayDisplay
Global $aLogBUD2[6][3] = [["","",""],["col 0", "col1", "col2"], ["abc", "efg", "123"],["","",""], ["", "", ""], ["hij", "", "xyz"]]

; #FUNCTION# ====================================================================================================================
; Name ..........: _ArrayDeleteBlankLines2D
; Description ...: Delete all blank lines in a 2D array
; Syntax ........: _ArrayDeleteBlankLines2D(Byref $aArray)
; Parameters ....: $aArray              - [in/out] An array of unknowns.
; Return values .: Sucess : the new size of the array
;                  Failure : -1 and sets the @error flag to non-zero
;                    @error : 1 - $aArray is not an array
;                             2 - $aArray is not a 2D array
; Author ........: JGUINCH
; ===============================================================================================================================
Func _ArrayDeleteBlankLines2D(ByRef $aArray)
    Local $iIndex = 0, $sData
    If NOT IsArray($aArray) Then Return SetError(1, 0, -1)
    IF UBound($aArray, 0) <> 2 Then Return SetError(2, 0, -1)
    For $i = 0 To UBound($aArray) - 1
        $sData = ""
        For $j = 0 To UBound($aArray, 2) - 1
            $sData &= $aArray[$i][$j]
            $aArray[$iIndex][$j] = $aArray[$i][$j]
        ; Added Melba's regexp test :)
        ; If NOT StringRegExp($sData, "^0{0,3}$") Then $iIndex += 1

        ; More that one 0 in the same cell
        If NOT StringRegExp($sData, "^0*$") Then $iIndex += 1
    Redim $aArray[$iIndex][ UBound($aArray, 2) ]
    Return UBound($aArray)
EndFunc ; ===> _ArrayDeleteBlankLines2D
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I think this is an easier algorithm: :)

#include <Constants.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

Global $aLogBUD2[6][3] = [["","",""],["col 0", "col1", "col2"], ["abc", "efg", "123"],["","0",""], ["0", "", "0"], ["hij", "", "xyz"]]

_ArrayDisplay($aLogBUD2, "initial array")

; When deleting lines always start from the bottom
For $i = UBound($aLogBUD2) - 1 To 0 Step -1
    ; Get the content of the line
    $sLine = ""
    For $j = 0 To UBound($aLogBUD2, 2) - 1
        $sLine &= $aLogBUD2[$i][$j]
    ; If the line can be empty or only containing 1, 2 or 3 "0"s
    If StringRegExp($sLine, "^0{0,3}$") Then                        ; <<<<<<<<<<<< This line

    ; Or if the line must be completely empty
    ;If $sLine = "" Then                                            ; <<<<<<<<<<<< Or this one
        ; Delete the line
        _ArrayDelete($aLogBUD2, $i)

_ArrayDisplay($aLogBUD2, "ending")

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I never have luck with _ArrayDelete "on-the-fly", or delete a array element inside loop.

I always use a select elements to delete and add in a secondary array, then finish the main loop, delete all selected elements

In this example I search all odd/unpaired number and add in aDel


#include <Array.au3>

Global $arr[10] = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
Global $aDel[1]

For $ii = 0 To UBound($arr, 1) - 1
    ConsoleWrite($arr[$ii] & @LF)
    If Mod($arr[$ii], 2) Then _ArrayAdd($aDel, $ii)

For $ii = 1 To UBound($aDel, 1) - 1
    _ArrayDelete($arr, $ii)
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@Melba, @ jguinch

Thanks for the insight. I can follow both examples.

I can see Melba's starts at the end of the array and works to the beginning, while jguinch's starts at the beginning and then needs to redim.  I can definitely put these into my bag of code.

Additionally, in the code I attached there are also both starting points - one at the end and one at the beginning.  The code which starts at the end of the array does work though different than Melba's (now I have two,  :shifty: ).  The second code which starts at the beginning, likes jguinch's, does NOT work well and yet I don't really know why.  I did not redim, as jguinch does, but only so I could see what was happening - thus I can see dups (not good).

Any thoughts?  And thanks again.


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_ArrayDelete is also extremely slow on large arrays when deleting items one at a time in a loop.

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Your code fails if an element is like this : ["0", "00", "0"] or like this : ["","","   "]

But this one works

#include <Array.au3>

Global $aLogBUD2[6][3] = [["","  ",""],["col 0", "col1", "col2"], ["abc", "efg", "123"],["","0",""], ["0", "00", "0"], ["hij", "", "xyz"]]

_ArrayDisplay($aLogBUD2, "initial array")

For $i = UBound($aLogBUD2) - 1 To 0 Step -1
    $sLineValue = 0
    For $j = 0 To UBound($aLogBUD2, 2) - 1
        $sLineValue += StringRegExp($aLogBUD2[$i][$j], '[^0\s]+')
    If $sLineValue = 0 Then _ArrayDelete($aLogBUD2, $i)

_ArrayDisplay($aLogBUD2, "ending")


meaning : "line must contain one or more char which is not a 0 or a white space"  :)

Edited by mikell
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Tried your new version. Thanks.

I also commented out your redim to see what happens and its results are similar to what I was getting in method one. And I thought that was wrong - but did not know Array Delete does a redim - now I have better knowledge of it. Thanks.

(so seeing the last line before redim was not an error just incomplete processing -Whew)

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