"array_unique vs array_flip" Answer’s

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I benchmarked it for you: CodePad

Your intuition on this was correct!

$test=array();
for($run=0; $run<1000; $run++)
$test[]=rand(0,100);

$time=microtime(true);

for($run=0; $run<100; $run++)
$out=array_unique($test);

$time=microtime(true)-$time;
echo 'Array Unique: '.$time."n";

$time=microtime(true);

for($run=0; $run<100; $run++)
$out=array_keys(array_flip($test));

$time=microtime(true)-$time;
echo 'Keys Flip: '.$time."n";

$time=microtime(true);

for($run=0; $run<100; $run++)
$out=array_flip(array_flip($test));

$time=microtime(true)-$time;
echo 'Flip Flip: '.$time."n";

Output:

Array Unique: 1.1829199790955
Keys Flip: 0.0084578990936279
Flip Flip: 0.0083951950073242

Note that array_keys(array_flip($array)) will give a new key values in order, which in many cases may be what you want (identical except much faster to array_values(array_unique($array))), whereas array_flip(array_flip($array)) is identical (except much faster) to array_unique($array) where the keys remain the same.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
 
Fanda
answered 10 Months ago
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