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Author: Marty Stepp (on 2016/06/29)

Write a function named friendList that accepts a file name as a parameter and reads friend relationships from a file and stores them into a compound collection that is returned. You should create a map where each key is a person's name from the file, and the value associated with that key is a setof all friends of that person. Friendships are bi-directional: if Marty is friends with Danielle, Danielle is friends with Marty.

The file contains one friend relationship per line, consisting of two names. The names are separated by a single space. You may assume that the file exists and is in a valid proper format. If a file named buddies.txt looks like this:

Marty Cynthia
Danielle Marty

Then the call of friendList("buddies.txt") should return a map with the following contents:

{"Cynthia":{"Marty"}, "Danielle":{"Marty"}, "Marty":{"Cynthia", "Danielle"}}


  • You may open and read the file only once. Do not re-open it or rewind the stream.
  • You should choose an efficient solution. Choose data structures intelligently and use them properly.
  • You may create one collection (stack, queue, set, map, etc.) or nested/compound structure as auxiliary storage. A nested structure, such as a set of vectors, counts as one collection. (You can have as many simple variables as you like, such as ints or strings.)
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This is a function problem. Write a C++ function as described. Do not write a complete program; just the function(s) above.

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