Do you know where your variables are? PerlMonks

### Comment on

 ( #3333=superdoc: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
O.K., I may have misread this problem at first because "height" is somewhat ambigous. If "height" somehow refers to the aggregation of the data, here's another approach.

Given the constraints, I count 10 possible groupings:

```[1][2][3][4,5,6]
[1][2][3,4][5,6]
[1][2][3,4,5][6]
[1][2,3][4][5,6]
[1][2,3][4,5][6]
[1][2,3,4][5][6]
[1,2][3][4][5,6] -- the one you show
[1,2][3][4,5][6]
[1,2][3,4][5][6]
[1,2,3][4][5][6]
So my approach two is to brute force sum the values for each possible combination, and select the one that best meets the criteria about "height".

Then, assuming that works, I'd generalize an algorithm for generating groupings given number of categories and number of columns. Like the one fglock provides above.

Is this what you're looking for, or does "height" refer to the number of rows in the table?

In reply to Re: Puzzle: need a more general algorithm by dws
in thread Puzzle: need a more general algorithm by Ovid

Title:
Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

• Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
• Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
• Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
• Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
• You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
 For: Use: & & < < > > [ [ ] ]
• Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?

Create A New User
Chatterbox?
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others chilling in the Monastery: (10)
As of 2016-07-26 13:49 GMT
Sections?
Information?
Find Nodes?
Leftovers?
Voting Booth?
What is your favorite alternate name for a (specific) keyboard key?

Results (235 votes). Check out past polls.