Provided by: libstatistics-basic-perl_1.6611-1_all #### NAME

```       Statistics::Basic::Vector - a class for handling lists of numbers

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#### SYNOPSIS

```       Invoke it this way:

my \$vector      = vector(1,2,3);
my \$same_vector = vector(\$vector);
my \$different   = \$vector->copy;

This module tracks which of the other Statistics::Basic modules use it.  That's it's
primary purpose.  Although, it does also have overloads to print the vectors in a pretty
fashion.

print "\$vector\n"; # pretty printed

```

#### METHODS

```       new()
The constructor can take a single array ref or a single Statistics::Basic::Vector as
its argument.  It can also take a list of values.

It returns a Statistics::Basic::Vector object.

If given a vector object argument, this function will return the argument rather than
creating a new vector.  This mainly used by the other Statistics::Basic modules to try
to prevent duplicate calculations.

A vector's max size is set to the size of the argument or list on initialization.

Note: normally you'd use the vector() constructor, rather than building these by hand
using "new()".

copy()
Creates a new vector object with the same contents and size as this one and returns
it.

my \$v1 = vector(3,7,9);
my \$v2 = \$v1->copy(); # \$v2 is a new object, separate vector
my \$v3 = vector(\$v1); # \$v3 is the same object as \$v1

insert()
Insert new values into the vector.  If the vector was already full (see "set_size()"),
this will also shift oldest elements from the vector to compensate.

\$vector->insert( 4, 3 ); # insert a 3 and a 4

This function returns the object itself, for chaining purposes.

append() ginsert()
Insert new values into the vector.  If the vector was already full (see "set_size()"),
these functions will grow the size of the vector to accommodate the new values, rather
than shifting things.  "ginsert()" does the same thing.

\$vector->append( 4, 3 ); # append a 3 and a 4

This function returns the object itself, for chaining purposes.

query()
"query()" returns the contents of the vector either as a list or as an arrayref.

my @copy_of_contents      = \$vector->query;
my \$reference_to_contents = \$vector->query;

Note that changing the \$reference_to_contents will not usefully affect the contents of
the vector itself, but it will adversely affect any computations based on the vector.
If you need to change the contents of a vector in a special way, use a

Keeping \$reference_to_contents available long term should work acceptably (since it
refers to the vector contents itself).

query_filled()
Returns true when the vector is the same size as the max size set by "set_size()".
This function isn't useful unless operating under the effects of the nofill setting.

query_size()
Returns the current number of elements in the vector object (not the size set with
"set_size()").  This is almost never false unless you're using the nofill setting.

set_size()
Sets the max size of the vector.

my \$v1 = vector(1,2,3);
\$v1->set_size(7); # [0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2, 3]

Unless nofill is set, the vector will be filled with 0s (assuming the vector wouldn't
otherwise be full) on the oldest side of the vector (so an insert will push off one of
the filled-zeros).

This function returns the object itself, for chaining purposes.

my \$v1 = vector(2 .. 5)->set_size(5);
# [0, 2, 3, 4, 5]

set_vector()
Given a vector or array ref, this will set the contents (and size) of the input vector
to match the argument.  If given a vector object argument, this will make the two
vectors match, while still remaining separate objects.

my \$v1 = vector(3,7,9);
my \$v2 = vector()->set_vector(\$v1);
my \$v3 = vector(\$v1); # \$v3 is the same object as \$v1

This function returns the object itself, for chaining purposes.

```

```       This object is overloaded.  It tries to return an appropriate string for the vector and
raises errors in numeric context.

In boolean context, this object is always true (even when empty).

```

#### AUTHOR

```       Paul Miller "<jettero@cpan.org>"

```

```       Copyright 2012 Paul Miller -- Licensed under the LGPL
```       perl(1), Statistics::Basic