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I can offer a 47 36 char solution with the use of PDL:
sub i{my$a=pdl$_[0];minimum_ind(abs($a-$_[1]))}
and it is strict-compliant and very straightforward.

Of course it returns the index, but that is allowed, isn't it? Otherwise, add 4 chars to get the value.

Hey wait, do you only count the chars between {}? Than we can take of 7, that counts 40 chars. And there is room in the last part:

sub i{my$a=pdl$_[0];minimum_ind abs$a-pop}
And we are at 36 chars.

Jeroen
"We are not alone"(FZ)


In reply to Re: Closest-value-in-list Golf! by jeroenes
in thread Closest-value-in-list Golf! by larryk

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