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Or count things cleanly...

isEven = v => !(v & 1)

 // count the even numbers in an array
[1,2,3,4,5,6,7].reduce((acc, v)=> acc + isEven(v), 0) // <- 3
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lionel-rowe • Edited on

Now I think about it, filter with length would be simpler in both cases

const xor = (...bools) =>
    bools.filter(x => x).length === 1

const countEven = arr =>
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willsmart • Edited on

A hell of a lot cleaner, in theory a bit slower too.
filter allocates, fills and returns an array, which we're then instantly throwing away after getting its length. reduce functions more like a for loop, iterating over each element and accumulating a sum.

That's in theory though. JS performance is fickle thing, and on it seems your filter method is both cleaner looking, and faster for arrays with fewer than 10000 items. link
Go figure! Good to know

What we really want is something like ruby's count, which only returns the filtered size...

isEven = -> (v) { (v&1)==0 }
[1,2,3,4,5,6,7].count(&isEven) # <- 3
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