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Complete the print_vector function so that it prints out all the values in the vector seperated by commas.

First in forward and then in reverse order. You must use iterators to do this.

E.g. if the vector contains the value 1, 2 and 3 then code should output: 1, 2, 3, 3, 2, 1


Complete the function so that it calculates the sum of the unique values in the given sequence. I.e. if the sequence was 1, 2, 3, 2, 4, 2 then the unique values would be 1, 2, 3, 4 the sum of these unique values would be 10

Make use of the EXISTING features of the STL, it is possible to solve this entirely using existing functions.

The algorithms library in particular may be helpful


Write a function (find_position) to find the position of the first occurance of a given value in a vector.

The function must be called find_position. It must take 3 parameters:

  • an iterator to the beginning of a vector of integers
  • an iterator to the end of a vector of integers
  • an integer value to search for

The function must return an integer representing the position of the search value in the vector. If the value is not in the vector then you should return -1


Your program should print every possible combination of the values seperated by commas. Make sure to research the library.

E.g. if items contains the value 3, 2, 1 then code should output the following in any order:

  • 1, 2, 3,
  • 1, 3, 2,
  • 2, 1, 3,
  • 2, 3, 1,
  • 3, 1, 2,
  • 3, 2, 1,

The order of the permutations does not matter although the order of values in each permutation obviously does.

The values are supplied as command line arguments when running the program. I.e. bin/lab_algorithm 3 2 1


  • postcodes.txt contains several thousand UK postcodes. Using the STL, write a program and nessecary functions so that you can open the file and output an exact count for the number of postcodes in the file.
  • Expand your program so that it can output a list of the distinct outward codes in the file (669). The outward code is the first half of the postcode, for example the univeristy postcode is CV1 5FB so the outward code is CV1. You may find it helpful to look at the std::set container.
  • Expand your program so that output how many postcodes are listed for each outward code (e.g. CV1 has 463). You may find it helpful to look at the std::map container.
  • Extra tricky. postcodes.txt contains 3 fake postcodes, expand your program so that it can identify the invalid postcodes. You may find it helpful to explore the std::regex_search or std::regex_match functions.


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