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Returns the difference of two data sets or dates.
set1 [block! string! binary! bitset! date! typeset!] - First data set
set2 [block! string! binary! bitset! date! typeset!] - Second data set
/case - Uses case-sensitive comparison
/skip - Treat the series as records of fixed size
Returns the elements of two series that are not present in both. Both series arguments must be of the same datatype (string, block, etc.) Newer versions of REBOL also let you use difference to compute the difference between date/times.
lunch: [ham cheese bread carrot] dinner: [ham salad carrot rice] probe difference lunch dinner [cheese bread salad rice]
probe difference [1 3 2 4] [3 5 4 6] [1 2 5 6]
string1: "CBAD" ; A B C D scrambled string2: "EDCF" ; C D E F scrambled probe difference string1 string2 "BAEF"
Date differences produce a time in hours:
probe difference 1-Jan-2002/0:00 1-Feb-2002/0:00 -744:00
probe difference 1-Jan-2003/10:30 now -59449:55:14
This is different from when using subtract, which returns the difference in days:
probe subtract 1-Jan-2002/0:00 1-Feb-2002/0:00 -31
probe subtract 1-Jan-2003/10:30 now -2477
There is a limit to the time period that can be differenced between dates (determined by the internal size of the time! datatype).
Note that performing this function over very large data sets can be CPU intensive.
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