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Tristable oscillator

by Prof Vince (Friar)
on Jul 08, 2008 at 21:08 UTC ( #696340=obfuscated: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

use strict; use warnings; local $\ = "\n"; local $_ = 'y,ys,sy,,s,ys,sy,'; for my $n (1 .. $ARGV[0] || 10) { print; eval; } print;
It's not really that hard to understand. Do you have longer ones of this kind ?

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Re: Tristable oscillator
by ikegami (Pope) on Jul 08, 2008 at 21:47 UTC
    Very neat! But it has four states.
    State 1: y,ys,sy,,s,ys,sy, State 2: s,sy,sy,,y,sy,ys, State 3: y,ys,ys,,s,ys,sy, State 4: y,sy,ys,,s,ys,sy, State 2: s,sy,sy,,y,sy,ys, ...

    That it has a distinct "initializing" state could seen as an advantage. If not, change the initial string to one of states 2, 3 or 4 to get a purely three state engine.

    State 1: y,sy,ys,,s,ys,sy, State 2: s,sy,sy,,y,sy,ys, State 3: y,ys,ys,,s,ys,sy, State 1: y,sy,ys,,s,ys,sy, ...

    Modified engine that tracks the states:

    As for your question, longer is trivial. Shorter, on the other hand...

    State 1: y/123/231/ State 2: y/231/312/ State 3: y/312/123/ State 1: y/123/231/ ...

    And with an "initializing" state:

    State 1: y/123i/231/ State 2: y/2311/312/ State 3: y/3122/123/ State 4: y/1233/231/ State 2: y/2311/312/
      Yes, it has an initializing state. I didn't thought of specifying it because it was transient.

      With longer I meant "of longer period", but your examples show us how to actually get any permutation !

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