re: AoC Day 2: Inventory Management System VIEW POST

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A little late, to the party. I tried really hard to think of a solution to part 2 that only involved iterating the list once, but no luck. Here is my solution in Elixir.

Part one:

 def part_1() do
  %{"3" => total_3, "2" => total_2} =
    AOC.read_input("2018/day_2"      
    |> Enum.reduce(%{"2" => 0, "3" => 0}, fn id, acc ->
        counts =
          String.split(id, "", trim: true)
          |> Enum.reduce(%{}, &Map.update(&2, &1, 1, fn val -> val + 1 end))
          |> Enum.reduce(%{"2" => 0, "3" => 0}, fn
            {_, 2}, count ->
              Map.update!(count, "2", fn _ -> 1 end)

            {_, 3}, count ->
              Map.update!(count, "3", fn _ -> 1 end)

            _, count ->
              count
          end)

        %{acc | "2" => acc["2"] + counts["2"], "3" => acc["3"] + counts["3"]}
      end)

    total_2 * total_3
end

Part 2:

def part_2() do
  AOC.read_input("2018/day_2")
  |> traverse_list()
end

def traverse_list([head | tail]) do
  traverse_list(head, tail, tail)
end

def traverse_list(_, [], [head | tail]) do
  traverse_list(head, tail, tail)
end

def traverse_list(compare, [current | tail] = remaining, rest_list)
    when length(remaining) > 0 do
  case compare_strings(compare, current) do
    :notfound ->
      traverse_list(compare, tail, rest_list)

    common_chars ->
      common_chars
  end
end

def compare_strings(s1, s2) do
  s1 = String.split(s1, "", trim: true)
  s2 = String.split(s2, "", trim: true)
  zipped = Enum.zip(s1, s2)

  case Enum.reduce(zipped, %{misses: 0, common: ""}, fn
    {s, s}, acc ->
      %{acc | common: acc.common <> s}

     _, acc ->
       %{acc | misses: acc.misses + 1}
  end) do
    %{misses: 1, common: common} ->
      common

    _ ->
      :notfound
  end
end
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