euler 22 scoring names

Feb 1, 2015  

This one seemed simple but turned out to be a good showcase for a short haskell program (I’m sure it can be shorter but IMHO that would probably approach Perl-ness)

import qualified Data.Char as C
import qualified Data.List as L
import qualified Debug.Trace as T

charValue c = C.ord (C.toUpper c) - C.ord 'A' + 1

nameValue n = sum $ map charValue n

nameProduct (name, index) = index * nameValue name

splitString c s =
  case break (== c) s of
       ([], _:xs) -> [xs]
       (y, _:xs) -> [y] ++ splitString c xs
       (xs, []) -> [xs]

getNameSum f =
     let w = splitString ',' $ filter (/= '\"') f
        T.traceShow (length w)
        sum $ map nameProduct $ zip (L.sort w) [1 .. ]

getNames fileName =
     f <- readFile fileName
     return $ getNameSum f

I left the `traceShow’ in there to give an example of the debugging I relied upon. Other than that, it was enjoyable, and I really do appreciate how much longer this would have been in most other languages.


  • I skipped the part about sorting the input and spent a long time (unnecessarily!) complaining about the black-boxness of the “IO”

  • I suspected the initial version had an off-by-one error; luckily awk was on hand to sanity check the number of words:

$ cat /tmp/p022_names.txt | tr ',' ' ' | tr '"' ' ' | tr -s " " | awk 'BEGIN { RS = " " }; END { print NR }'
  • Just to dump it out there, the other way of checking the soundness of the logic:
(defun char-value (c)
  (1+ (- (char-code c)
	 (char-code #\A))))

(defun string-value (str)
  (loop for c across (string-upcase str)
       sum (char-value c)))

(defun name-product (name index)
  (* index
     (string-value name)))

(defun range (n)
  (loop for i from 1 to n
     collect i))

(defun sum-names (names)
  (reduce #'+
	  (mapcar #'name-product
		  (range (length names)))))

… used (e.g.) as (sum-names (list "foo" "bar"))

  • For some reason, the code-formatter for Jekyll (pygments) is completely thrown off by the Haskell source above. Perhaps this post have been in “literate code”. Most likely it would have been procrastinated out of existence if attempted that way.