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Magic Birthday Square

by YuckFoo (Abbot)
on May 03, 2002 at 18:28 UTC ( #163864=CUFP: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Here's a little ditty to put your birthday in the corners of a 4 x 4 magic square. In a magic square, the sum of all columns, all rows, and the two major diagonals is the same.

The squares made with this algorithm also have same values in the corner 2 x 2 squares, and the center 2 x 2 square.

The square has the maximum number of unique values allowed by the algorithm. I didn't devise a clever way to disallow negative numbers so folks with low birthmonth or birthday might see negative values. There is a random factor, so running the program again might generate an all positive square.

SquareFoo

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; if (@ARGV < 1) { print STDERR "\nUsage: $0 mmddyyyy\n\n"; exit; } my ($mm, $dd, $cc, $yy) = ($ARGV[0] =~ m{(..)}g); my $ms = []; $ms->[0] = [$mm, $cc, $yy, $dd]; $ms->[1] = [$yy, $dd, $mm, $cc]; $ms->[2] = [$dd, $yy, $cc, $mm]; $ms->[3] = [$cc, $mm, $dd, $yy]; my $most = 12 + uniq($ms); if ($mm == $dd) { $most--; } if ($mm == $cc) { $most--; } if ($yy == $dd) { $most--; } if ($yy == $cc) { $most--; } while (uniq($ms) < $most) { if (int(rand(2))) { if (int(rand(2))) { rot ($ms, 1, 0, 1); rot ($ms, 1, 2, -1); } else { rot ($ms, 1, 0, -1); rot ($ms, 1, 2, 1); } } else { if (int(rand(2))) { rot ($ms, 0, 1, 1); rot ($ms, 2, 1, -1); } else { rot ($ms, 0, 1, -1); rot ($ms, 2, 1, 1); } } } show ($ms); #----------------------------------------------------------- sub uniq { my ($ms) = @_; my (%used); for my $row (0..3) { for my $col (0..3) { $used{$ms->[$row][$col]}++; } } return scalar(keys(%used)); } #----------------------------------------------------------- sub rot { my ($ms, $row, $col, $val) = @_; $ms->[$row] [$col] += $val; $ms->[$row+1][$col+1] += $val; $ms->[$row] [$col+1] -= $val; $ms->[$row+1][$col] -= $val; } #----------------------------------------------------------- sub show { my ($ms) = @_; for my $row (0..3) { for my $col (0..3) { printf(STDOUT "%2d ", $ms->[$row][$col]); } print STDOUT "\n"; } }

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[Corion]: ambrus: Details ;)
[ambrus]: Like <c>{ package AnyEvent::Impl:: Prima; use Prima; sub io{ my($s,%r)=@_; Prima::File->new( file=>$r{fh},mask =>("w"eq$r{poll}? fe::Write():fe:: Read())|fe:: Exception,onRead =>$r{cb},onWrite =>$r{cb}, onException=>$r{cb }) } sub timer { ... } push @AnyEvent::REGI
[ambrus]: argh, too long, let me try on scratchpad
[Corion]: . o O ( I seem to have improved my skills of getting other people to write code for me )

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