Hi group.

I'm writing some scientific applications with Ruby, and found a
frequent problem that I want to solve with Ruby.

I got tons of instances of NGram whose definition is as follows:

NGram = Struct.new :seq, :prob

I have a list of instances of NGram like:

....
#<struct NGram seq=["AO", "S"], prob=-139918.174804688>
#<struct NGram seq=["AY", "T"], prob=-46389.6875>
#<struct NGram seq=["HH", "IH"], prob=18983.1796875>
#<struct NGram seq=["OW", "Z", "AH"], prob=-326323.640625>
#<struct NGram seq=["OW", "Z", "AH"], prob=-35945.25>
#<struct NGram seq=["T", "AH", "L"], prob=20778.7421875>
#<struct NGram seq=["HH", "IH", "S"], prob=37747.3046875>
#<struct NGram seq=["IH", "S", "T"], prob=-17305.6640625>
#<struct NGram seq=["IH", "S", "T"], prob=-17477.390625>
#<struct NGram seq=["IH", "S", "T"], prob=34243.34375>
#<struct NGram seq=["IH", "S", "T"], prob=-2125.265625>
#<struct NGram seq=["IH", "S", "T"], prob=-9046.7890625>
#<struct NGram seq=["IH", "S", "T"], prob=-18200.265625>
#<struct NGram seq=["K", "L", "AH"], prob=-110206.140625>
#<struct NGram seq=["K", "L", "AH"], prob=-92664.984375>
....

What I want to derive from this data is the list of NGram instances
each of which is unique with regard to seq. At the same time, the prob
of each ngram in the list must be that of the highest prob.

For example, from the ngram list I've shown above, I want to derive a
list like the folloing:

....
#<struct NGram seq=["AO", "S"], prob=-139918.174804688>
#<struct NGram seq=["AY", "T"], prob=-46389.6875>
#<struct NGram seq=["HH", "IH"], prob=18983.1796875>
#<struct NGram seq=["OW", "Z", "AH"], prob=-35945.25>
#<struct NGram seq=["T", "AH", "L"], prob=20778.7421875>
#<struct NGram seq=["HH", "IH", "S"], prob=37747.3046875>
#<struct NGram seq=["K", "L", "AH"], prob=-92664.984375>
....

What I've written so far is

# Sort by prob in descending order
ngrams.sort_by { |ngram|

    # Compare seq

    # Then, compare prob
}

result = []

# Collect unique ngrams with the highest prob.
ngrams.inject(nil) { |prev, cur|
    if prev.nil?
        result << cur
        prev = cur
    elsif prev.seq != cur.seq
        result << cur
        prev = cur
    end
}

return result

And it does not seem to be good even to me. Not to mention unwritten
sort_by block, I used result = [] statement which might be get rid of.

Any idea for better code?

Sincerely,
Minkoo Seo