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Category: algorithms Component type: function


template <class OutputIterator, class Size, class Generator>
OutputIterator generate_n(OutputIterator first, Size n, Generator gen);


Generate_n assigns the result of invoking gen, a function object that takes no arguments, to each element in the range [first, first+n). [1] The return value is first + n.


Defined in the standard header algorithm, and in the nonstandard backward-compatibility header algo.h.

Requirements on types



Linear. Exactly n invocations of gen. [1]


Print 100 random numbers, using the C standard library function rand.
generate_n(ostream_iterator<int>(cout, "\n"), 100, rand);


[1] The function object gen is invoked n times (once for each iterator in the range [first, first+n)), as opposed to just being invoked a single time outside the loop. This distinction is important because a Generator need not return the same result each time it is invoked; it is permitted to read from a file, refer to and modify local state, and so on.

See also

copy, fill, fill_n, generate, iota

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