# Compare smaller vector to bigger to check if it differs at the end of smaller

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We have two vectors of size that depends on runtime and need to check if they are equal - differ elements only after the end of smaller size vector. I used std::equal but the issue is that I need to find first which vector is of smaller size which leads to extra line of code :

``#include <vector> #include <iostream>  int main() {   std::vector<int> a(1000, 3);   std::vector<int> a1(100, 3);    if(a.size() > a1.size())   {     if(std::equal(a1.begin(), a1.end(), a.begin()))     {       std::cout << "Same a gt a1" << std::endl;     }   }    if(a1.size() > a.size())   {     if(std::equal(a.begin(), a.end(), a1.begin()))     {       std::cout << "Same a1 gt a" << std::endl;     }   }    if(a1.size() == a.size())   {     if(std::equal(a.begin(), a.end(), a1.begin()))     {        std::cout << "Same a = a1" << std::endl;     }   } } ``

Can the code to compare two vectors or differ only at the end of smaller vector be improved?

You only need one call of `std::equal` if you calculate the smaller size beforehand. I would refactor the code like this:

``#include <vector> #include <iostream> #include <algorithm>  int main() {     std::vector<int> a(1000, 3);     std::vector<int> a1(100, 3);      if (std::equal(a1.begin(), a1.begin() + std::min(a.size(), a1.size()), a.begin()))      {         std::cout << "Same" << std::endl;     }     return 0; } ``

If you need to preserve the second information about which vector is bigger, you could achieve it like this, for instance:

``std::cout << "Same " << ((a.size() == a1.size())? "a = a1" : ((a.size() > a1.size())? "a gt a1" : "a1 gt a")) << std::endl; ``