## Test: set unique vs. !isset

This checks the cost of checking if you're already written a value when that's never true.

View test history (15) Run this test again Return to test menu## Result: Discarded

The test labeled "**set**" was the faster by

*0.0192*seconds, (2.937% faster)

The **set** test took **0.6356** seconds.

The **!isset()** test took **0.6549** seconds.

## Nitty-Gritty

Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 145,181 loops for a total of 2,903,620 runs.

- Line execution difference (0.000007) milliseconds.

- Avg difference (0.962) milliseconds per 145,181 loops.

- Total difference 19.23 milliseconds for 2,903,620 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.5122) milliseconds and Code 2 was (2.7406) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.

## Code

The first test, "**set**", was:

$array = array(); for ($n = 0; $n < 100; $n++) { $k = $n; $array[$k] = $n + 42; }

The second test, "**!isset()**", was:

$array = array(); for ($n = 0; $n < 100; $n++) { $k = $n; if (!isset($array[$k])) $array[$k] = $n + 42; }