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### Humanized lists of numbers

by gryphon (Abbot)
 on Jun 23, 2001 at 01:17 UTC ( #90870=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
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Greetings all,

In working with a series of numbers representing page numbers of a manual, I found that I prefered to read something like, "1-3, 5, 7-9, 11" instead of "1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11" most of the time. So I immediately set out to make a Perl-thing to do just that. However, as most things I write, the first version works, but isn't the most efficient code around:

use strict; my @array = (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14); my @new_array; # If it works: @new_array = ('1-3', 5, '7-9', 11, 14); my \$x = 0; my \$y = 0; while (\$x <= \$#array) { \$new_array[\$y] = \$array[\$x]; if (\$array[\$x] + 1 == \$array[\$x+1]) { while (\$array[\$x] + 1 == \$array[\$x+1]) { \$x++ } \$new_array[\$y] .= "-\$array[\$x]"; } \$x++; \$y++; } print join(', ', @new_array), "\n";

As far as I've tested this, it seems to work. However, I'd like it to be better in two very important ways. First, there's got to be a simpler, faster way to do this. Second, is there an easy way to handle letters? For example, the "A, C-F, L..." sort of thing. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Humanized lists of numbers
by japhy (Canon) on Jun 23, 2001 at 01:32 UTC
Re: Humanized lists of numbers
by bikeNomad (Priest) on Jun 23, 2001 at 07:29 UTC
Another solution that works with letter ranges as well, without using any regexes:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; sub human { my (@r, \$g, \$s, \$l); while (@_) { \$l = \$g = \$s = shift; \$l = shift while (++\$g eq (\$_[0] || '')); push(@r, \$s eq \$l ? \$s : "\$s-\$l"); } @r; } print join(", ", human(1..12, 14..21, 'aa'..'af', 'zz'..'aaf')), "\n"; print join(", ", human(1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14)), "\n";

Output is:

1-12, 14-21, aa-af, zz-aaf 1-3, 5, 7-9, 11, 14

update: made work with solo items (thanks CharlesClarkson!)

That's not working for the original list: print join(", ", human(1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14)), "\n";
prints:1-3, 5-3, 7-9, 11-9, 14-9

Re: Humanized lists of numbers
by gryphon (Abbot) on Jun 23, 2001 at 01:40 UTC

After some thought, I'd like to modify the if to this:

if ((\$array[\$x] + 1 == \$array[\$x+1]) && (\$array[\$x] + 2 == \$array[\$x+2])) {

That way you don't end up with display-length sub-lists like "1-2, 4-5" in lists. Again, I'm sure there's a better way, but...

Re: Humanized lists of numbers
by clintp (Curate) on Jun 23, 2001 at 06:54 UTC
May not be better, faster or stronger. Just a different way to do it. Works w/numbers, letters, and -- as an added bonus -- with strings like aa, ab, ac, ad, af reduced to "aa-ad,af".
sub human { my %h; @h{@_}=@_; \$_=join(',',map { \$h{\$_}?\$_:"*" } \$_[0]..\$_[-1]); s/(\w+),(\w+,)*(\w+)/\$1-\$3/g; s/,(\*,)+/,/g; split(","); }
I'm sure this can be golfed quite a bit, but I'm tired.
Re: Humanized lists of numbers
by CharlesClarkson (Curate) on Jun 24, 2001 at 23:18 UTC

Perhaps I have too much time on my hands. This sub allows you to change the separators and handles mixed letters and numbers, 0 and negative numbers. Can be called in scalar or list context.

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; sub human { # range separator defaults to '-' my \$range_separator = '-'; # last item separator defaults '' my \$last_item_separator = ''; # list separator for scalar context my \$list_separator = ', '; if (ref \$_[0] eq 'ARRAY') { my \$format = shift; \$range_separator = \$\$format[0] if \$\$format[0]; \$last_item_separator = \$\$format[1] if \$\$format[1]; \$list_separator = \$\$format[2] if \$\$format[2]; } # get list; my @array = @_; # load first range my @range = (\$array[0], \$array[0]); shift @array; # the human readable array my @human; # last item is a dummy, should be less than \$array[-1] foreach my \$to (@array, \$range[0]) { # use autoincrement to get next item my \$next = \$range[1]; \$next++; if (\$next eq \$to) { # increase range \$range[1]++; next; } # use autoincrement to get next item (for testing below) \$next = \$range[0]; \$next++; # add current range to human readable array push @human, \$range[1] eq \$range[0] ? \$range[0] : \$range[1] eq \$next ? @range : "\$range[0]\$range_separator\$range +[1]"; # load next range @range = (\$to, \$to); } unless (\$last_item_separator eq '') { my \$last_item = pop @human; push @human, "\$last_item_separator\$last_item"; } return wantarray ? @human : join \$list_separator, @human; } my @array = (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14); print 'Read chapters: ', scalar human(@array), " before friday.\n"; print "Read these chapters by friday:\n", scalar human([' through ', ' +and ', "\n"], @array), "\n\n"; print 'Read pages: ', (join ', ', human(@array)), ".\n\n"; print join(', ', human(0, 2 .. 4, 6, 7, 9, 11 .. 14, 17 .. 19)), "\n"; print join(', ', human(1 .. 19)), "\n"; print scalar human(1 .. 19), "\n\n"; print "Mixed:\n"; @array = (0, 2 .. 4, 6, 7, 9, 'A' .. 'F', 11 .. 14, 'G', 17 .. 20); print join(', ', human([' to '], @array)), "\n"; print scalar human(['-', '& '], @array), "\n\n"; print join(', ', human('aa' .. 'ba', -100 .. 4)), "\n"; print scalar human([' - ', undef, ' and '], 'aa' .. 'ba', '-100' .. 4) +, "\n\n"; __END__
prints:
Read chapters: 1-3, 5, 7-9, 11, 14 before friday. Read these chapters by friday: 1 through 3 5 7 through 9 11 and 14 Read pages: 1-3, 5, 7-9, 11, 14. 0, 2-4, 6, 7, 9, 11-14, 17-19 1-19 1-19 Mixed: 0, 2 to 4, 6, 7, 9, A to F, 11 to 14, G, 17 to 20 0, 2-4, 6, 7, 9, A-F, 11-14, G, & 17-20 aa-ba, -100-4 aa - ba and -100 - 4

HTH,
Charles K. Clarkson

Yep, way too much time

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