Implement run-length encoding and decoding.
Run-length encoding (RLE) is a simple form of data compression, where runs (consecutive data elements) are replaced by just one data value and count.
For example we can represent the original 53 characters with only 13.
"WWWWWWWWWWWWBWWWWWWWWWWWWBBBWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWB" -> "12WB12W3B24WB"
RLE allows the original data to be perfectly reconstructed from the compressed data, which makes it a lossless data compression.
"AABCCCDEEEE" -> "2AB3CD4E" -> "AABCCCDEEEE"
For simplicity, you can assume that the unencoded string will only contain the letters A through Z (either lower or upper case) and whitespace. This way data to be encoded will never contain any numbers and numbers inside data to be decoded always represent the count for the following character.
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open Base open OUnit2 open Run_length_encoding let ae exp got _test_ctxt = assert_equal exp got ~printer:Fn.id let encode_tests = [ "empty string" >:: ae "" (encode ""); "single characters only are encoded without count" >:: ae "XYZ" (encode "XYZ"); "string with no single characters" >:: ae "2A3B4C" (encode "AABBBCCCC"); "single characters mixed with repeated characters" >:: ae "12WB12W3B24WB" (encode "WWWWWWWWWWWWBWWWWWWWWWWWWBBBWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWB"); "multiple whitespace mixed in string" >:: ae "2 hs2q q2w2 " (encode " hsqq qww "); "lowercase characters" >:: ae "2a3b4c" (encode "aabbbcccc"); ] let decode_tests = [ "empty string" >:: ae "" (decode ""); "single characters only" >:: ae "XYZ" (decode "XYZ"); "string with no single characters" >:: ae "AABBBCCCC" (decode "2A3B4C"); "single characters with repeated characters" >:: ae "WWWWWWWWWWWWBWWWWWWWWWWWWBBBWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWB" (decode "12WB12W3B24WB"); "multiple whitespace mixed in string" >:: ae " hsqq qww " (decode "2 hs2q q2w2 "); "lower case string" >:: ae "aabbbcccc" (decode "2a3b4c"); ] let encode_and_then_decode_tests = [ "encode followed by decode gives original string" >:: ae "zzz ZZ zZ" (encode "zzz ZZ zZ" |> decode); ] let () = run_test_tt_main ( "run length encoding tests" >::: List.concat [encode_tests; decode_tests; encode_and_then_decode_tests] )
open Base;; let encode input = let char_tuples = List.map ~f:(fun x -> (1, x)) (String.to_list input) in let rec combine_tuples = function |  ->  | [t] -> [t] | ((n1, c1)::(n2, c2)::ts) -> if Char.equal c1 c2 then combine_tuples ( (n1 + n2, c1)::ts ) else (n1, c1)::( combine_tuples ( (n2, c2)::ts ) ) in let rec tuples_to_strings = function |  ->  | (1, c)::ts -> (Char.to_string c)::(tuples_to_strings ts) | (n, c)::ts -> (Int.to_string n)::(Char.to_string c)::(tuples_to_strings ts) in combine_tuples char_tuples |> tuples_to_strings |> String.concat let decode input = let chars = String.to_list input in let is_digit c = Char.to_int c >= Char.to_int '0' && Char.to_int c <= Char.to_int '9' in let char_to_int c = Char.to_int c - Char.to_int '0' in let rec make_tuples n = function |  ->  | (c::cs) -> if is_digit c then make_tuples (n*10 + (char_to_int c)) cs else (n, c)::(make_tuples 0 cs) in let rec tuples_to_strings = function |  ->  | (0, c)::cs -> (Char.to_string c)::(tuples_to_strings cs) | (n, c)::cs -> (String.init n ~f:(fun _ -> c))::(tuples_to_strings cs) in make_tuples 0 chars |> tuples_to_strings |> String.concat
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