associative array

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associative array

(programming)
(Or "hash", "map", "dictionary") An array where the indices are not just integers but may be arbitrary strings.

awk and its descendants (e.g. Perl) have associative arrays which are implemented using hash coding for faster look-up.
This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (foldoc.org)
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My four continuum maps of reality: Finite maps the Mapmaker Infinite Territory A mind the Mapmaker a body Internal reality the Mapmaker External reality Words the Mapmaker non-verbal things All the terms on the left end of these continuums and all the terms on the right end of these continuums are parallel abstract labels for similar interrelated things.
Finite maps are always less than the infinite territory.
If the thing has to be taught to a preverbal child then it is at the human static finite maps end of the continuum.

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