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Defined in header <algorithm>
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template< class InputIt1, class InputIt2, class OutputIt >

OutputIt merge( InputIt1 first1, InputIt1 last1,
                InputIt2 first2, InputIt2 last2

                OutputIt d_first );
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template< class InputIt1, class InputIt2, class OutputIt, class Compare>

OutputIt merge( InputIt1 first1, InputIt1 last1,
                InputIt2 first2, InputIt2 last2

                OutputIt d_first, Compare comp );
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Merges two sorted ranges [first1, last1) and [first2, last2) into one sorted range beginning at d_first. The first version uses operator< to compare the elements, the second version uses the given comparison function comp. The relative order of equivalent elements is preserved.

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Parameters

first1, last1 - the first range of elements to merge
first2, last2 - the second range of elements to merge
d_first - the beginning of the destination range
comp - comparison function object (i.e. an object that satisfies the requirements of Compare) which returns ​true if the first argument is less than the second.

The signature of the comparison function should be equivalent to the following:

 bool cmp(const Type1 &a, const Type2 &b);

The signature does not need to have const &, but the function object must not modify the objects passed to it.
The types Type1 and Type2 must be such that objects of types InputIt1 and InputIt2 can be dereferenced and then implicitly converted to Type1 and Type2 respectively. ​

Type requirements
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InputIt1 must meet the requirements of InputIterator.
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InputIt2 must meet the requirements of InputIterator.
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OutputIt must meet the requirements of OutputIterator.

Return value

An output iterator to element past the last element copied.

Complexity

At most std::distance(first1, last1) + std::distance(first2, last2) + 1 comparisons.

Possible implementation

First version
template<class InputIt1, class InputIt2, class OutputIt>
OutputIt merge(InputIt1 first1, InputIt1 last1,
               InputIt2 first2, InputIt2 last2,
               OutputIt d_first)
{
    for (; first1 != last1; ++d_first) {
        if (first2 == last2) {
            return std::copy(first1, last1, d_first);
        }
        if (*first2 < *first1) {
            *d_first = *first2;
            ++first2;
        } else {
            *d_first = *first1;
            ++first1;
        }
    }
    return std::copy(first2, last2, d_first);
}
Second version
template<class InputIt1, class InputIt2,
         class OutputIt, class Compare>
OutputIt merge(InputIt1 first1, InputIt1 last1,
               InputIt2 first2, InputIt2 last2,
               OutputIt d_first, Compare comp)
{
    for (; first1 != last1; ++d_first) {
        if (first2 == last2) {
            return std::copy(first1, last1, d_first);
        }
        if (comp(*first2, *first1)) {
            *d_first = *first2;
            ++first2;
        } else {
            *d_first = *first1;
            ++first1;
        }
    }
    return std::copy(first2, last2, d_first);
}

Example

#include <iostream>
#include <iterator>
#include <cstdlib>
#include <algorithm>
#include <vector>
 
int main() 
{
    const std::size_t items = 10;
 
    std::vector<int> v1, v2, dst;
 
    // fill the vectors
    for (std::size_t idx = 0; idx < items; ++idx) {
        v1.push_back(std::rand()%items);
        v2.push_back(std::rand()%items);
    }
 
    // sort
    std::sort(v1.begin(), v1.end());
    std::sort(v2.begin(), v2.end());
 
    // output v1
    std::cout << "v1 : ";
    std::copy(v1.begin(), v1.end(),
              std::ostream_iterator<int>(std::cout, " "));
    std::cout << '\n';
 
    // output v2
    std::cout << "v2 : ";
    std::copy(v2.begin(), v2.end(),
              std::ostream_iterator<int>(std::cout, " "));
    std::cout << '\n';
 
    // merge
    std::merge(v1.begin(), v1.end(),
               v2.begin(), v2.end(),
               std::back_inserter(dst));
 
    // output
    std::cout << "dst: ";
    std::copy(dst.begin(), dst.end(),
             std::ostream_iterator<int>(std::cout, " "));
    std::cout << '\n';
}

Output:

v1 : 0 0 2 2 3 3 3 6 7 9 
v2 : 1 2 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 9 
dst: 0 0 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 9 9

See also

Template:cpp/algorithm/dcl list inplace mergeTemplate:cpp/algorithm/dcl list sortTemplate:cpp/algorithm/dcl list stable sort