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The Weekly Challenge 080

Challenge 080

TASK #1 › Smallest Positive Number Bits

This is a relatively straight forward task. Check the input, stuff the values in a %seen hash (which is faster than using any or grep), and then loop from 1 until you find a missing value.


Everyone except maintainers loves minified code. This task can also be completed in 24 characters of Perl as per this example:

» perl -E '$r=1;$r++while(grep{$r==$_}@ARGV);say$r' 5 2 -2 0
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» ./ 5 2 -2 0

» ./ 1 8 -1

» ./ 2 0 -1
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TASK #2 › Count Candies

Some observations:

  • The original task had an error, but thankfully Mohammad fixed it in a Tweet
  • While the task mentions candidates are ranked, it's probably more accurate to use the analogy of scored. By definition, the highest placed thing is ranked 1 (i.e. 1st). However, from the examples a higher placed candidate has higher value. Therefore I've used the word score throughout this task for that reason.
  • Finally, we call candy lollies, so I'll be using that word too :)

In solving this task, I look at the number of consecutive increases in the score on either side. On the left side, if the candidate's score is higher than the previous score, I add one more candy than the previous candidate. For the right hand side, I count the number of decreasing scores. The number of lollies is the higher of those two figures.


» ./ 1 2 2
Result is 4 (1, 2, 1)

» ./ 1 4 3 2
Result is 7 (1, 3, 2, 1)
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