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      Routine to cross-match values in two vectors (including non-matches)


      This procedure *appears* similar to MATCH of the IDL astronomy
      library. However, this routine is quite different in that it
      reports an index value for each element of the input arrays.
      In other words, while MATCH reports the *existence* of
      matching elements in each array, MATCH2 reports explicitly
      *which* elements match.
      Furthermore, while MATCH reports only unique matching
      elements, MATCH2 will always report a cross-match for every
      element in each array, even if it is a repeat.
      In cases where no match was found, an index of -1 is

Calling Sequence

      match2, a, b, suba, subb


      a,b - two vectors to match elements, numeric or string data types


      suba - vector with same number of elements as A, such that
              A EQ B[SUBA], except non-matches which are indicated
              by SUBA EQ -1
      subb - vector with same number of elements as B, such that
              B EQ A[SUBB], except non-matches which are indicated
              by SUBB EQ -1


      The vectors A and B are allowed to have duplicates in them,
      but for matching purposes, only the first one found will
      be reported.


      A = [0,7,14,23,24,30]
      B = [7,8,14,25,14]
      IDL> match2, a, b, suba, subb
    --> suba = [ -1 , 0, 4, -1, -1, -1 ]
    (indicates that A[1] matches B[1] and A[3] matches B[2])
    --> subb = [ 1 , -1, 2, -1, 2 ]
    (indicates that B[1] matches A[1] and B[2] matches A[3])
  Compare to the results of the original MATCH procedure,
      IDL> match, a, b, suba, subb
    --> suba = [ 1, 3]
  (indicates that A[1] and A[3] match elements in B, but not which ones)
    --> subb = [ 1, 2]
  (indicates that B[1] and B[2] match elements in A, but not which ones)

Modification History

  Derived from the IDL Astronomy Library MATCH, 14 Feb 2007
  Updated documentation, 17 Jul 2007
  More updated documentation (example), 03 Sep 2007

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