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# Daily Coding Puzzles - Nov 4th - Nov 9th

Every day on Twitter, I post coding puzzles. These are quick coding challenges that increase in difficulty across the span of the week -- with Monday being the most beginner friendly and Friday being super tough. I love seeing other people's solutions as well, and so people post their solution to the problem in any programming language.

I wanted to try posting these here. I'm going to post each question from this week as a comment below, and then we will thread answers under those questions. Please feel free to post your solutions to the ones you are interested in below! Then, you can comment with insights into people's solutions below that! I will also add a meta thread if you have advice on how to format this in the future!

Ali Spittel

## Wednesday

Array.diff (6 KYU):

Your goal in this kata is to implement a difference function, which subtracts one list from another and returns the result.

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Ben Halpern

Ruby

``````a - b
``````

Sung M. Kim

Ah, cannot `unsee` this answer... 😆

Garrett

Similar effort when done in APL! :)

Ali Spittel

That's amazing!

Ben Halpern

Ben Halpern

On the other hand, Ruby probably allocated about 10,000 object references under the hood and used 1gb of memory to make that happen. 😄

jess unrein • Edited

Honestly, I just came out here to have a good time and I'm feeling so attacked right now 😅😅😅

Ben Halpern

jess unrein

Haha nice. Honestly, I'm just so used to copy/pasting emojis from slack and discord. Fun fact, when you do that, it copies the colon emoji syntax, not the unicode glyph 😅🙃

Ricardo Tomasi

@bendhalpern some numbers (using /usr/bin/time -l on OSX):

``````Go: 0.0s, 1.5Mb
Go run: 0.10s, 24Mb
Node: 0.06s, 19Mb
Ruby: 0.08s, 11Mb
Crystal: 0.0s, 1.5Mb
Crystal run: 0.4s, 10.4Mb
``````

rakenodiax
``````Rust: 0.00s - 1.12MiB
Rust (nightly): 0.01s - 0.88MiB
Go: 0.00s - 1.64MiB
Go run: 0.25s - 24.11MiB
Python: 0.21s - 5.48MiB
``````

Disclaimer: I'm inexperienced with Go; using the example from below 😅

jess unrein

Oh, I know almost nothing about Go. I'm specifically using these exercises to learn the syntax. No clue if and how what I'm doing can be optimized. Go is famously, weirdly restrictive and intentionally verbose.

Roman Elizarov

Same in Kotlin :)

Anologicon

kkkkk it's very simple dude :D

Pavel Susicky

Tried in Javascript

``````function arrayDiff(arr1, arr2) {
return arr1.filter(val => !arr2.includes(val));
}
``````

Ali Spittel

Nice!!

Pawl

this is beautiful. thanks

Neocortexxx

Wow, great! So clean!

Ali Spittel • Edited

Python!

``````def array_diff(a, b):
return [l for l in a if l not in b]
``````

jess unrein

List comprehensions are truly a gift.

Ali Spittel

YES -- they are so elegant.

Daniel Schep

Or with sets!

``````def array_diff(a, b):
return list(set(a) - set(b))
``````

Jay

Rust

• With Liftime. The returned Vec<&T> has elements borrowed and valid until the list1 is valid.
``````fn diff<'a, T>(list1: &'a [T], list2: &[T]) -> Vec<&'a T>
where
T: PartialEq,
{
list1.into_iter().filter(|e| !list2.contains(e)).collect()
}
``````
• Without lifetime We return a new Vec free from any list provided, by cloning the data. The generic data type only allows the data type that implements Clone trait to be passed.
``````fn diff2<T>(list1: &[T], list2: &[T]) -> Vec<T>
where
T: PartialEq + Clone,
{
list1
.into_iter()
.map(|x| x.clone())
.filter(|e| !list2.contains(&e))
.collect()
}
``````

jess unrein

Go

``````func Difference(a []int, b []int) (diff []int) {
m := make(map[int]bool)

for _, item := range b {
m[item] = true
}

for _, item := range a {
if _, presence := m[item]; !presence {
diff = append(diff, item)
}
}
return
}
``````

David Wickes • Edited

### Common Lisp

I'll use lists because... well, it's Lisp, right?

``````(set-difference '(1 2 2 2 3) '(2))
;; => (3 1)
``````

Can't beat a good standard library ;)

Kasey Speakman

F#

``````let diff a b =
a |> Array.filter (fun v -> not (b |> Array.contains v))
``````

also sequence expression syntax

``````let diff a b =
[|
for value in a do
if not (b |> Array.contains value) then
yield value
|]
``````

Jakob Christensen

Or (although it will also remove duplicates from a):

``````(a |> Set.ofSeq) - (b |> Set.ofSeq)
``````

Kasey Speakman

Yes, this was my first thought, but I was trying to retain dupes.

Christopher McClellan

Just define the subtraction operator and done.

Sung M. Kim • Edited

It wasn't as easy as doing a set difference as the `a` needed to keep the duplicate values.

Below is the answer in C#.

`Where` is the same as `filter` in JavaScript.

``````using System.Linq;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class Kata
{
public static int[] ArrayDiff(int[] a, int[] b)
{
var hash = new HashSet<int>(b);
return a.Where(_ => !hash.Contains(_)).ToArray();
}
}
``````

Garrett

APL

`````` a ~ b
``````

Ben Berbass

PHP

``````array_diff(a, b);
``````

Sebastian Martin Dicke

``````array_diff :: Eq a => [a] -> [a] -> [a]
array_diff a b = filter (\x -> notElem x b) a
``````

Jermaine

Here's one in Dart:

``````arrayDiff(List a, List b) => a..retainWhere((i) => !b.contains(i));
``````

Tyler Leonhardt • Edited

PowerShell

``````\$a | ? { \$_ -notin \$b }
``````

Expanding the ? alias:

``````\$a = @(1,2,3,4)
\$b = @(2,3,4,5)

\$a | Where-Object { \$_ -notin \$b }
``````

Sebastian Martin Dicke • Edited

``````array_diff :: Eq a => [a] -> [a] -> [a]
array_diff a b = [x | x <- a, x `notElem` b]
``````

Courtney
``````function array_diff(a, b) {
let counter = {};
for(let i of b) {
counter[i] = true;
}
let result = a.filter(item => counter[item] !== true);
return result;
}
``````

Mateus Vahl

Hey all, Why I don't see any java code here?

Ali Spittel

## Thursday

Scramblies (5 KYU):

Complete the function scramble(str1, str2) that returns true if a portion of str1 characters can be rearranged to match str2, otherwise returns false

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Kasey Speakman • Edited

F#

``````let scramble str1 str2 =
let letterLookup = str1 |> Seq.countBy id |> Map.ofSeq
let requiredCounts = str2 |> Seq.countBy id
requiredCounts |> Seq.forall (fun (letter, requiredCount) ->
match letterLookup |> Map.tryFind letter with
| None -> false // letter missing
| Some count -> requiredCount <= count
)
``````

Edit: I had previously posted a version that had ever-so-slightly more performance but was more code. I'm also including that version below since it solves the problem differently.

``````let scramble str1 str2 =
let letterPool = str1 |> Seq.sort |> List.ofSeq
let requiredLetters = str2 |> Seq.sort |> List.ofSeq
let rec loop requiredLetters letterPool =
match requiredLetters, letterPool with
| [], _ -> true // found all
| _ :: _, [] -> false // pool ran out
| letter :: _, next :: pool when letter > next ->
loop requiredLetters pool // skip next in pool
| letter :: required, next :: pool when letter = next ->
loop required pool
| _, _ -> false // letter not available in the pool
loop requiredLetters letterPool
``````

Here are the tests (console).

``````    [
"rkqodlw", "world", true
"cedewaraaossoqqyt", "codewars", true
"katas", "steak", false
]
|> List.iter (fun (str1, str2, expected) ->
let actual = scramble str1 str2
let e = if expected = actual then "√" else "X"
printfn "%s %A ==> %b, %b" e (str1, str2) expected actual
)
// √ ("rkqodlw", "world") ==> true, true
// √ ("cedewaraaossoqqyt", "codewars") ==> true, true
// √ ("katas", "steak") ==> false, false
``````

Ali Spittel

Nice! yeah -- I only sometimes think about the efficiencies of these. They're contrived and we're doing them for fun. Part of me cares, part of me doesn't haha

Kasey Speakman • Edited

I agree. I would have posted a much more expressive version, but you beat me to it! I did find an alternative way of solving the problem that was a little more expressive and nearly the same perf. I updated my post to include it.

jess unrein

Go

``````func Scramble(str1 string, str2 string) (result bool) {
m := make(map[string]int)

for _, item := range strings.Split(str1, "") {
m[item] += 1
}

for _, item := range strings.Split(str2, "") {
if val, ok := m[item]; !ok || val == 0 {
return false
} else {
m[item] -= 1
}
}

return true
}
``````

Jay

Rust

``````fn scramble(str1: &str, str2: &str) -> bool {
if str2.len() > str1.len() {
return false;
}
str2.chars().all(|c| {
str1.chars().filter(|&ch| ch == c).count() >= str2.chars().filter(|&c2| c2 == c).count()
})
}
``````

Sung M. Kim

Solved it awhile ago in C#.

Warning: Really ugly...

``````using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;

public class Scramblies
{
public static bool Scramble(string s1, string s2)
{
Func<string, Dictionary<char, int>> toMap = s =>
s.GroupBy(c => c)
.Select(g => new { g.Key, Count = g.Count() })
.ToDictionary(pair => pair.Key, pair => pair.Count);

var map1 = toMap(s1);
var map2 = toMap(s2);

foreach (KeyValuePair<char, int> p2 in map2)
{
if (!map1.ContainsKey(p2.Key)) return false;

if (map1[p2.Key] < p2.Value) return false;
}

return true;
}
}
``````

Courtney
``````function scramble(str1, str2) {
let letterHolder = {};
for (let letter of str1) {
if(letterHolder[letter]) letterHolder[letter]++;
else letterHolder[letter] = 1;
}
for (let letter of str2) {
if(!letterHolder[letter]) return false
else letterHolder[letter]--;
}
return true;
}
``````

Ali Spittel

Python!

``````def scramble(s1,s2):
for letter in set(s2):
if s1.count(letter) < s2.count(letter):
return False
return True
``````

Daniel Hao • Edited
``````
python

def scramble (s1, s2):
return not(Counter(s2) - Counter(s1))
``````

Andrey Kushnir

Python style
def scramble(s1, s2):
return all([s1.count(l) >= s2.count(l) for l in s2])

Pavel Susicky

Not a fancy solution, but it seems to work 😃

``````function scramble(s1, s2) {
if (s1.length < s2.length) return false;

const _s2 = s2.split("");

s1.split("").forEach(val => {
if (_s2.includes(val)) _s2.splice(_s2.indexOf(val), 1);
});

return _s2.length == 0;
}
``````

David Wickes

### Common Lisp

``````
(defun scramble (source target)
(let ((source (coerce source 'list))
(target (coerce target 'list)))
(cond ((null target) t)
((member (first target) source)
(scramble (remove (first target) source :count 1)
(rest target))))))

(mapcar #'(lambda (args) (apply #'scramble args))
'(("rkqodlw" "world")
("cedewaraaossoqqyt" "codewars")
("katas" "steak")
("scriptjavx" "javascript")
("scriptingjava" "javascript")
("scriptsjava" "javascripts")
("javscripts" "javascript")
("aabbcamaomsccdd" "commas")
("commas" "commas")
("sammoc" "commas")))
;; => (T T NIL NIL T T NIL T T T)
``````

Ali Spittel

## Tuesday

Product of Array Items (7 KYU):

Calculate the product of all elements in an array.

CodeWars

Kasey Speakman

F#

``````let product arr =
arr |> Array.reduce (*)
``````

I probably wouldn't define a separate function for this in actual code.

Johnny Reina

Does F# require you to name the `arr` parameter explicitly or can you simply do the following:

``````let product = Array.reduce (*)
``````

I've been curious about F# for some time but haven't really done a deep dive.

Kasey Speakman

Yes, you can do that in F#. (You probably know this, but for the sake of onlookers) it is called point-free notation. It can be handy for small functions like this. But I noticed when I use it too much, my code can become hard to understand.

Especially for code examples, I rarely use it because it can confuse readers.

David Wickes

### Common Lisp

as `*` in Common Lisp can take as many arguments as you like...

``````(apply #'* (list 1 2 3 4 5))
;; => 120
``````

Pavel Susicky

Javascript

``````function arrayProduct(arr) {
return arr.reduce((acc, val) => acc * val);
}
``````

Jay

Rust

``````fn product(list: &[i32]) -> i32 {
list.iter().fold(1, |p, n| p * n)
}
``````

Sung M. Kim

A simple aggregation of data (using `reduce`) worked like a charm.

``````namespace Kata {
using System;
using System.Linq;
public class ArrayMath
{
public static int Product(int[] values)
{
return values.Aggregate((product, current) => product * current);
}
}
}
``````

Courtney

I decided to not use reduce so that I could return early if I hit a zero.

``````function product(values) {
if(!values || values.length === 0) return null;
let prod = values[0];
for(let i=1; i<values.length; i++) {
if(values[i] === 0) return 0;
prod *= values[i];
}
return result;
}
``````

Ali Spittel

Python!

``````def product(numbers):
if not numbers: return None
running_product = 1
for number in numbers:
running_product *= number
return running_product
``````

marcellothearcane
``````def product (numbers):
return reduce(lambda total, number: total * number, numbers)
``````

jess unrein

Go

``````func Product(nums []int)(x int) {
x = 1

for _, num := range nums {
x *= num
}
return
}

``````

David Wickes

### JavaScript

``````const product = arr => arr.reduce((acc, x) => acc * x)
``````

Sebastian Martin Dicke

``````product' :: Num a => [a] -> a
product' = product
``````

Ali Spittel

## Friday

The Last Word (CodeJam):

You are the next contestant on this show, and the host has just showed you the string S. What's the winning last word that you should produce?

CodeJam

Kasey Speakman • Edited

F#

``````let lastWord s =
let update (first, word) letter =
if letter >= first then (letter, string letter + word)
else                    (first, word + string letter)
s |> Seq.fold update ('A', "") |> snd
``````

Testing it (console)

``````    [
"CAB", "CAB"
"JAM", "MJA"
"CODE", "OCDE"
"ABAAB", "BBAAA"
"CABCBBABC", "CCCABBBAB"
"ABCABCABC", "CCCBAABAB"
"ZXCASDQWE", "ZXCASDQWE"
]
|> List.iter (fun (input, expected) ->
let actual = lastWord input
let e = if expected = actual then "√" else "X"
printfn "%s %s ==> %s, %s" e input expected actual
)
// √ CAB ==> CAB, CAB
// √ JAM ==> MJA, MJA
// √ CODE ==> OCDE, OCDE
// √ ABAAB ==> BBAAA, BBAAA
// √ CABCBBABC ==> CCCABBBAB, CCCABBBAB
// √ ABCABCABC ==> CCCBAABAB, CCCBAABAB
// √ ZXCASDQWE ==> ZXCASDQWE, ZXCASDQWE

``````

Ali Spittel

Awesome -- this one (for me) was a lot easier than they made it sound!

Kasey Speakman • Edited

Same here. The hard part was understanding the problem. (It felt very much like "A train leaving SF at 50kph ..." word problems.) But after that the code wasn't so bad.

jess unrein

I think the possible "gotcha" here is that they do not want a reverse alphabetically sorted string, which, if you're not careful about the requirements, could be what you try to build and have it trip you up.

Jay

Rust

``````use std::io::{self, prelude::*};

fn find_last_word(s: &str) -> String {
s.chars()
.fold(vec![], |mut last, letter| {
if let Some(&c) = last.last() {
if (c as u8) > (letter as u8) {
last.insert(0, letter);
} else {
last.push(letter);
}
} else {
last.push(letter);
}
last
}).iter()
.rev()
.into_iter()
.collect()
}

fn main() {
let stdin = io::stdin();

for (i, line) in stdin.lock().lines().skip(1).enumerate() {
if let Ok(text) = line {
match io::stdout()
.write(format!("Case #{}: {}\n", i + 1, find_last_word(&text)).as_bytes())
{
Ok(_) => (),
Err(why) => panic!(why),
}
}
}
}
``````

usage: `last_word(.exe) < small.in > small.txt`

David Wickes

## Common Lisp

``````(defun last-word (word)
(let ((cs (coerce word 'list)))
(coerce (reduce #'(lambda (word c)
(if (char> (first word) c)
(append word (list c))
(cons c word)))
(rest cs)
:initial-value (list (first cs)))
'string)))
``````

Quick little test...

``````(mapcar #'last-word (list "CAB"
"JAM"
"CODE"
"ABAAB"
"CABCBBABC"
"ABCABCABC"
"ZXCASDQWE"))
;; => ("CAB" "MJA" "OCDE" "BBAAA" "CCCABBBAB" "CCCBAABAB" "ZXCASDQWE")
``````

Ali Spittel

Python!

``````def get_last_word(word):
last_word = word[0]
for letter in word[1:]:
if letter >= last_word[0]:
last_word = letter + last_word
else:
last_word = last_word + letter
return last_word

out_file = open('output.txt', 'w')
case_number = 0

for word in open('A-small-practice (3).in', 'r'):
if case_number != 0:
out_file.write("Case #{}: ".format(case_number) + get_last_word(word))
case_number += 1
``````

jess unrein

Go

``````func Last(w string) (result []string) {
l := strings.Split(w, "")
result = []string{l[0]}

for _, item := range l[1:] {
if val := result[0]; item > val {
result = append([]string{item}, strings.Join(result, ""))
} else {
result = append(result, item)
}
}
return
}
``````

Courtney

TypeScript

``````function processLastwordData(input :string) : void {
const inputArray = input.split('\n');
let resultStr = "";
const cases = parseInt(inputArray[0]);
for(let i=1; i <= cases; i++) {
resultStr += `Case #\${i}: \${lastWord(inputArray[i])}\n`
}
process.stdout.write(resultStr);
}

function lastWord(str : string) : string {
let outStr = str[0];
for(let i=1; i<str.length; i++) {
if(str.charCodeAt(i) >= outStr.charCodeAt(0)) outStr = str[i] + outStr;
else outStr = outStr + str[i];
}
return outStr;
}

process.stdin.resume();
process.stdin.setEncoding("ascii");
let _input = "";
process.stdin.on("data", function (input) {
_input += input;
});
process.stdin.on("end", function () {
processLastwordData(_input);
});

``````

Jake Dohm

JS Solution: Takes two arrays, returns a single array with all of the items from array A, which do not exist in array B.

``````function diff(a, b){
return a.filter(item => !b.includes(item))
}
``````

Jake Dohm

Just realized @thesoreon posted almost the same solution already. Oh well, I guess great minds think alike 😜

Pavel Susicky

That's nice! When i made this solution i was curious and searched for another approches and found the exact same solution on stack overflow 😆

Ali Spittel

## Meta!

jess unrein

Ooh. I tried to do Advent of Code in Go last year, but AoC was probably too steep a challenge for a language I didn't know at all. This is a much more manageable entrypoint. Thanks for this! 🤗

Ali Spittel

For sure! I may try and incorporate those next month! We'll see! Go is so much fun, I should do more with it!

jess unrein

Possibly dumb question - what does KYU stand for?

Ali Spittel

That's a great question -- I'm not totally sure, but it's the ranking system CodeWars uses, so I include it -- 8 KYU are the most beginner friendly, 1 KYU takes a really long time.

Jay

KYU is used for grading the difficulty levels, or degree of proficiency or experience.
Wiki

Ali Spittel

## Monday

Number Drills: Blue and red marbles (8 KYU):

You've decided to write a function, guess_blue() to help automatically calculate whether you should guess "blue" or "red". The function should take four arguments.

CodeWars

jess unrein • Edited

Go

``````func Guess(bStart int, rStart int, bGone int, rGone int)(probability float32) {
var b = bStart - bGone
var r = rStart - rGone

probability = float32(b) / float32(r + b)
return
}
``````

David Wickes • Edited

### Common Lisp

``````(defun guess-blue (blue-in red-in blue-out red-out)
(let ((blue (- blue-in blue-out))
(red (- red-in red-out)))
(/ blue (+ red blue)))

(guess-blue 5 5 2 3)
;; => 3/5
``````

the fun of a language with rationals:

``````(guess-blue 1 2 0 0)
;; => 1/3
``````