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to Scrabble Score in the Erlang Track

Published at May 06 2020 · 0 comments
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Given a word, compute the scrabble score for that word.

Letter Values

You'll need these:

Letter                           Value
A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T       1
D, G                               2
B, C, M, P                         3
F, H, V, W, Y                      4
K                                  5
J, X                               8
Q, Z                               10


"cabbage" should be scored as worth 14 points:

  • 3 points for C
  • 1 point for A, twice
  • 3 points for B, twice
  • 2 points for G
  • 1 point for E

And to total:

  • 3 + 2*1 + 2*3 + 2 + 1
  • = 3 + 2 + 6 + 3
  • = 5 + 9
  • = 14


  • You can play a double or a triple letter.
  • You can play a double or a triple word.

Running tests

In order to run the tests, issue the following command from the exercise directory:

For running the tests provided, rebar3 is used as it is the official build and dependency management tool for erlang now. Please refer to the tracks installation instructions on how to do that.

In order to run the tests, you can issue the following command from the exercise directory.

$ rebar3 eunit


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%% Based on canonical data version 1.1.0
%% https://github.com/exercism/problem-specifications/raw/master/exercises/scrabble-score/canonical-data.json
%% This file is automatically generated from the exercises canonical data.



'1_lowercase_letter_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(1, scrabble_score:score("a")).

'2_uppercase_letter_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(1, scrabble_score:score("A")).

'3_valuable_letter_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(4, scrabble_score:score("f")).

'4_short_word_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(2, scrabble_score:score("at")).

'5_short_valuable_word_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(12, scrabble_score:score("zoo")).

'6_medium_word_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(6, scrabble_score:score("street")).

'7_medium_valuable_word_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(22, scrabble_score:score("quirky")).

'8_long_mixed_case_word_test'() ->

'9_english_like_word_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(8, scrabble_score:score("pinata")).

'10_empty_input_test'() ->
    ?assertEqual(0, scrabble_score:score([])).

'11_entire_alphabet_available_test'() ->

-export([score/1, minus/1, palabra/1, letras/1]).

minus(S) -> string:casefold(S).

letras(U) when   U == "a" orelse 
                 U == "e" orelse
                 U == "i" orelse
                 U == "o" orelse
                 U == "u" orelse
                 U == "l" orelse
                 U == "n" orelse
                 U == "r" orelse
                 U == "s" orelse
                 U == "t"   -> 1;              
letras(U) when   U == "d" orelse 
                 U == "g"   -> 2;

letras(U) when   U == "b" orelse
                 U == "c" orelse
                 U == "m" orelse 
                 U == "p"   -> 3;

letras(U) when   U == "f" orelse
                 U == "h" orelse
                 U == "v" orelse
                 U == "w" orelse 
                 U == "y"   -> 4;

letras(U) when   U == "k" -> 5;

letras(U) when   U == "j" orelse 
                 U == "x"   -> 8;

letras(U) when   U == "q" orelse 
                 U == "z"   -> 10;

letras(_) -> ups.

palabra(P) when length(P) > 0 -> [[X] || X <- minus(P)];
palabra(P) when length(P) == 0 -> 0.

score(P) -> Pred = fun(X) -> letras(X) end,
              lists:foldl(fun(X, Sum) -> X + Sum end, 0,lists:map(Pred, palabra(P))).

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