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 The Weekly Challenge 225: Diffs on the Right, Words on the Left 16 July 2023 I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved splitting sentences and processing arrays. (Note that this ends today.) Task 1: Max Words You are given a list of sentences, `@list`. A sentence is a list of words that are separated by a single space with no leading or trailing spaces. Write a script to find out the maximum number of words that appear in a single sentence. Not having to account for multiple, leading, or trailing spaces makes this much easier than it might be. Broadly I used two approaches depending on which was easier in each language: counting the spaces (then adding 1), as in Lua: ``````function maxwords(a) local m = 0 for i, v in ipairs(a) do local ct = 0 for n, m in string.gmatch(v, "%s") do ct = ct + 1 end if ct > m then m = ct end end return m + 1 end `````` or splitting the string, as in Javascript: ``````function maxwords(a) { return Math.max(...a.map(x => x.split(" ").length)); } `````` Task 2: Left Right Sum Diff You are given an array of integers, @ints. Write a script to return left right sum diff array as shown below: (I.e. for a sequence `[a..e]`, produce a sequence `[-(c+d+e), a-(d+e), (a+b)-(e), (a+b+c)]` - taking the absolute value of each term.) My basic approach is in two stages: build up the list of sums (from front and back), then produce the differences. In Raku: ``````sub leftrightsumdiff(@a) { my \$al = @a.end; `````` `@left` is 0, a, a+b, etc.; `@right` is 0, e, e+d, etc. `````` my @left = [0]; my @right = [0]; for 0 .. \$al-1 -> \$i { @left.push(@left[\$i] + @a[\$i]); @right.push(@right[\$i] + @a[\$al - \$i]); } `````` I reverse `@right` and combine the two. `````` return Array(zip(@left, @right.reverse).map({abs(\$_[0] - \$_[1])})); } `````` Basically every modern language seems to have something like `zip` for iterating two arrays in parallel. The exceptions were Perl, Lua, PostScript and JavaScript, for which I used an explicit index. (Probably I should add one to my PostScript libraries, though I haven't often needed it outside these problems.) Full code on github. Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one. Search 10 per page 20 per page 50 per page 100 per page Archive Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action advent of code aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio audio tech aviation base commerce battletech beer boardgaming book of the week bookmonth chain of command children chris chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup covid-19 crime crystal cthulhu eternal cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi economics en garde espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 essen 2018 essen 2019 essen 2022 essen 2023 existential risk falklands war fandom fanfic fantasy feminism film firefly first world war flash point flight simulation food garmin drive gazebo genesys geocaching geodata gin gkp gurps gurps 101 gus harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo 2019 hugo 2020 hugo 2021 hugo 2022 hugo 2023 hugo 2024 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life javascript julian simpson julie enfield kickstarter kotlin learn to play leaving earth linux liquor lovecraftiana lua mecha men with beards mpd museum music mystery naval noir non-fiction one for the brow opera parody paul temple perl perl weekly challenge photography podcast politics postscript powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha python quantum rail raku ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs ruby rust scala science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance the weekly challenge thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel type 26 type 31 type 45 vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult Special All book reviews, All film reviews
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