Asked • 05/06/19

Remove items from one array if not in the second array?

I state that I have tried for a long time before writing this post. For an InDesign script, I'm working with two array of ListItems. Now I'm trying to remove the items of one array that aren't in the second array, but i'm stuck. Given that I use the following javascript code (it works great) to remove the equal items between the two arrays : function check_dupli(arr_A, arr_B) { for(var i = arr_B.length - 1; i >= 0; i--) { for(var j = 0; j < arr_A.length; j++) { if(arr_B[i] === arr_A[j]) { arr_B.splice(i, 1); } } } arr_B.sort(); } arr_A = ["a","b","d","f","g"] arr_B = ["a","c","f","h"] check_dupli(arr_A, arr_B) --> arr_B = ["c","h"] check_dupli(arr_B, arr_A) --> arr_B = ["b","d","g"] I thought to modify it in order to ignore the items not that are not in both arrays, and to obtain what I want, but something is going wrong because I also get the unwanted data : function get_dupli(arr_A, arr_B, arr_C) { for(var e = arr_B.length - 1; e >= 0; e--) { for(var k = 0; k < arr_A.length; k++) { if(arr_B[e] === arr_A[k]) { arr_C.push(arr_B[e]); } } } arr_C.sort(); } arr_A = ["a","b","d","f","g"] arr_B = ["a","g","k"] arr_C = ["h"] get_dupli(arr_A, arr_B, arr_C) --> arr_C = ["a","g","h","k"] instead of --> ["a","g","h"] get_dupli(arr_B, arr_A, arr_C) --> arr_C = ["a","b","d","f","g","h"] instead of --> ["a","g","h"] Where I'm wrong? There is another way in pure javascript to solve the problem? Thanks in advance for any help.

1 Expert Answer


Gabriel F. answered • 10/10/19

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Gabriel F.

not sure why the code editor messed up the alignment


Gabriel F.

Disregard this part of the text: " if the value is 0 you delete that property from the object." I simplified the code.


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