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Re^2: Happy 2006 (Golf)

by Perl Mouse (Chaplain)
on Jan 11, 2006 at 02:08 UTC ( #522369=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Happy 2006 (Golf)
in thread Happy 2006

Some golfing nitpicks:
  • Instead of int(rand 2)?'':'-', you can write '-'x rand 2, saving seven characters.
  • No need to quote 987654321, Perl will happely turn this integer into a string for you. This saves two characters.
  • Use $` instead of pos(). Three characters.
  • If you use an empty pattern in the substitution, Perl will do the right thing. Another five characters.
  • Use s### instead of s[][] for one character savings.
$ perl -e'($_=987654321)=~s##$`?(qw[+ - * /],("")x4)[rand 8]:"-"x rand + 2#ge while 2006!=eval;print' 9+8*7+654*3-21
Perl --((8:>*

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Re^3: Happy 2006 (Golf)
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jan 11, 2006 at 10:31 UTC

    I'll go along with most of that except

    If you use an empty pattern in the substitution, Perl will do the right thing. Another five characters.

    Without the negative lookahead, the regex will produce a very high proportion of invalid expressions because it will insert an operator at the very end of the string:

    9+8*7*6*54/3-2/1- -9-8-7*6+5/43/2+1 987+6/54321 98/7-6+5-4/321+ 9*8/7/6/54-3/2-1 9/876*543/21 -9*8/76543*2-1- -987/65-432+1* 9*8+7+65*432*1- 9876/5*43+21 9876-54321* 987/6-5-4/3-21/ 9-8+7*65432+1 98765+432*1+ -9*8-7*65432-1+ 9+87*6543*21 9-87*65*4-3-2*1 -987654-321+ 98*76/54*32*1- -9-876/5-432*1* -987*654+321 9/87+6543*21 98-7654/3+21 -98*7-6-5*4321 98+7+6/5+4*3+2-1 -98+76+54*3/2+1/ 9876543/21 -9-8+76-54321*

    Not always, and so it can be expected to still produce occasional correct answers, but it will take much longer and somehow offends my sensibilities :)

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