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Q: Argument Info (task with advanced JavaScript functions)

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Write a function that displays information about the arguments which are passed to it – type and value – and a summary about the number of each type.

You will receive a series of arguments passed to your function.

Log to the console the type and value of each argument passed in the following format:
{argument type}: {argument value}

Place each argument description on a new line. At the end print a tally with counts for each type in descending order, each on a new line in format {type} = {count} If two types have the same count, use order of appearance. Don’t print anything for types that do not appear in the list of arguments.


Sample Input:

result('cat', 42, function () { console.log('Hello world!'); });


string: cat

number: 42

function: function () { console.log('Hello world!'); }

string = 1

number = 1

function = 1

asked in JavaScript category by user golearnweb

1 Answer

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JavaScript functions have a special property arguments, which contains all parameters passed to a function, regardless of whether you’ve specified them in the function declaration, or left the parenthesis empty.

We can iterate this variable like an array to get access to every parameter in the order in which they were passed and inspect them.

We can use an object as an associative array to store the number of each type occurrence. Each type will be a property and its value will be the number of times it occurs in the arguments. We can access them just like we would the keys of an array.

Since object properties cannot be sorted, and even if they could, different JavaScript implementations iterate the order differently, we need to transfer the information to an array of key-value pairs. We could use a Map instead of an object, but this cannot be sorted either, so we’ll end up with an array in the end anyway.

Note we are pushing an array with two values to the array which needs to be sorted. Later when we implement a sorting function, we’ll use the second value of the key-value pair – the number of occurrences. All we need to do after the array is sorted is to output the information in the correct format.

The solution:

function result() {

    let summary = [];

    for (let i = 0; i < arguments.length; i++) {
        let argumentValue = arguments[i];
        let argumentType = typeof(argumentValue);

        console.log(`${argumentType}: ${argumentValue}`);

        if (!summary[argumentType]) {
            summary[argumentType] = 1;
        } else {

    //prep for sorting
    let typesToSort = [];
    for (let currentType in summary) {
        typesToSort.push([currentType, summary[currentType]]);

    //sort summary
    let sortedTypes = [];
    sortedTypes = typesToSort.sort((a, b)=>b[1] - a[1]);

    //print summary
    for (let item of sortedTypes) {
        console.log(`${item[0]} = ${item[1]}`)

result('cat', 42, 430, 'cat', function () {
    console.log('Hello world!');
answered by user hues