For example, consider the declarations of a three-dimensional array of size 2 x 3 x 4 given below.
int a[2][3][4];
We can interpret a as an array having three elements each of which is a matrix of size 3 x 4. Thus, contiguous memory is allocated for three matrices a [0], a [1] and a [2].
As we know, array name a is a pointer to its beginning. Actually, it is a pointer to a matrix of size 3 x 4, i. e., (*a) [3] [4]. We can access the ijkth element of this matrix using pointer notation as * (* (* (a+ i) +j )+k) . We can pass this array to a function and access its elements using pointer notation as illustrated in the iarr3d _print function given below.
void iarr3d_print (int (*a) [3] [4], int; m, int n, int p)
{
int i, j, k;
int *pa = **a; /* init int pointer to point to a[0] [0] [0] */
for (i = 0; i < m; i++) {
for (j = 0; j < n; j++) {
for (k = 0; k < p; k++)
printf("%2d ", *pa++); /* access elem & incr ptr */
printf("\n");
}
printf("\n\n");
}
}
Note that the pointer pa is initialized to **a. As a is a pointer to array a [oJ of size 3 x 4, *a is a pointer to vector a [0] [0] having four elements and dereferencing it once more as **a, we get a pointer to element a [0] [0] [0]. Alternatively, we can write this initialization as
int *pa= (int*) a; /* init int pointer to point to a[0] [0] [0] */
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