# fsouza's solution

## to Matching Brackets in the OCaml Track

Published at Jul 07 2019 · 0 comments
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#### Note:

This exercise has changed since this solution was written.

Given a string containing brackets [], braces {}, parentheses (), or any combination thereof, verify that any and all pairs are matched and nested correctly.

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## Source

Ginna Baker

### test.ml

open Base
open OUnit2
open Matching_brackets

let ae exp got _test_ctxt =
assert_equal exp got ~printer:Bool.to_string

let tests = [
"paired square brackets" >::
ae true (are_balanced "[]");
"empty string" >::
ae true (are_balanced "");
"unpaired brackets" >::
ae false (are_balanced "[[");
"wrong ordered brackets" >::
ae false (are_balanced "}{");
"wrong closing bracket" >::
ae false (are_balanced "{]");
"paired with whitespace" >::
ae true (are_balanced "{ }");
"partially paired brackets" >::
ae false (are_balanced "{[])");
"simple nested brackets" >::
ae true (are_balanced "{[]}");
"several paired brackets" >::
ae true (are_balanced "{}[]");
"paired and nested brackets" >::
ae true (are_balanced "([{}({}[])])");
"unopened closing brackets" >::
ae false (are_balanced "{[)][]}");
"unpaired and nested brackets" >::
ae false (are_balanced "([{])");
"paired and wrong nested brackets" >::
ae false (are_balanced "[({]})");
"math expression" >::
ae true (are_balanced "(((185 + 223.85) * 15) - 543)/2");
"complex latex expression" >::
ae true (are_balanced "\\left(\\begin{array}{cc} \\frac{1}{3} & x\\\\ \\mathrm{e}^{x} &... x^2 \\end{array}\\right)");
]

let () =
run_test_tt_main ("matching-brackets tests" >::: tests)

### matching_brackets.ml

open Base

let matching_bracket = function
| ']' ->
'['
| ')' ->
'('
| '}' ->
'{'
| _ ->
'_'

let check_match ch = function
| hd :: _ when Char.equal hd @@ matching_bracket ch ->
true
| _ ->
false

let are_balanced input =
let str_len = String.length input in
let rec are_balanced' stack pos =
if pos = str_len then List.is_empty stack
else
let ch = input.[pos] in
match ch with
| '(' | '[' | '{' ->
are_balanced' (ch :: stack) (pos + 1)
| (')' | ']' | '}') when check_match ch stack ->
are_balanced' (List.tl_exn stack) (pos + 1)
| ')' | ']' | '}' ->
false
| _ ->
are_balanced' stack (pos + 1)
in
are_balanced' [] 0

### matching_brackets.mli

val are_balanced : string -> bool