WordPairList free response answer 7

WordPairList free response problem from the 2018 AP Computer Science A Exam.

WordPairList is #2 from the from the 2018 AP Computer Science A Free Response problems.


Part (a) – WordPairList constructor

public WordPairList(String[] words)
  allPairs = new ArrayList<WordPair>();

  for(int i = 0; i < words.length; i++)
    for(int j = i + 1; j < words.length; j++)
      allPairs.add(new WordPair(words[i], words[j]));

Part (b) – numMaches method

public int numMatches()
  int matches = 0;

  for(WordPair wp : allPairs)

  return matches;

7 thoughts on “WordPairList free response answer

  1. Angel Perez May 17,2018 3:45 pm

    Shouldn’t i < words.length – 1 for WordPairList?

    • Brandon Horn May 17,2018 3:55 pm

      It could be, but since j starts at i+1 anyway, it doesn’t matter.

      My thought process was: Visit each word then visit the words after it. I wrote the code based on that. The last word has no words after it.

      I could definitely see: Visit each word except the last…

  2. Angel Perez May 17,2018 4:04 pm

    What if length is, say, 5. i would go from 0 to 4, wouldn’t j try to access 4+1 giving out of bounds?

    • Brandon Horn May 17,2018 4:07 pm

      No. The loop condition is checked prior to the first run of the loop body. j would be set to an invalid index, but the body of the inner loop would never run and the invalid index would never be accessed.

  3. Angel Perez May 17,2018 4:07 pm

    Ah, never mind. I see. Thank you.

  4. Jishan May 17,2018 11:40 pm

    I forgot I dealing with objects. So for part a I have everything same as you. However, I had


    And for part b, I forgot wordPairList is an object and treated it as a string arraylist
    int count;
    for(int i = 0; i < allPairs.length-1;i+=2){
    return count;

    Do you think I lost a lot of points because I misinterpreted the question ?

  5. Ben R May 18,2018 8:48 am

    I used an array instead of an array list, with length of the wordlist. I know that its not the best way to do it. would i get full credit or not, and if not what would the deductions be for. I mean everything would work as intended, the only difference is that the array would have extra empty spots. I guess it may be -1, but could they take off more points and does an array cause any other errors?
    I also did array[i] = instead of list.add

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