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Given a diagram, determine which plants each child in the kindergarten class is responsible for.

The kindergarten class is learning about growing plants. The teacher thought it would be a good idea to give them actual seeds, plant them in actual dirt, and grow actual plants.

They've chosen to grow grass, clover, radishes, and violets.

To this end, the children have put little cups along the window sills, and planted one type of plant in each cup, choosing randomly from the available types of seeds.

........................ # each dot represents a cup

There are 12 children in the class:

  • Alice, Bob, Charlie, David,
  • Eve, Fred, Ginny, Harriet,
  • Ileana, Joseph, Kincaid, and Larry.

Each child gets 4 cups, two on each row. Their teacher assigns cups to the children alphabetically by their names.

The following diagram represents Alice's plants:


In the first row, nearest the windows, she has a violet and a radish. In the second row she has a radish and some grass.

Your program will be given the plants from left-to-right starting with the row nearest the windows. From this, it should be able to determine which plants belong to each student.

For example, if it's told that the garden looks like so:


Then if asked for Alice's plants, it should provide:

  • Violets, radishes, violets, radishes

While asking for Bob's plants would yield:

  • Clover, grass, clover, clover

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raise Exception("Meaningful message indicating the source of the error")

Running the tests

To run the tests, run pytest kindergarten_garden_test.py

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import unittest

from kindergarten_garden import Garden

# Tests adapted from `problem-specifications//canonical-data.json` @ v1.1.1

class KindergartenGardenTest(unittest.TestCase):
    def test_partial_garden_garden_with_single_student(self):
        garden = Garden("RC\nGG")
            garden.plants("Alice"), ["Radishes", "Clover", "Grass", "Grass"]

    def test_partial_garden_different_garden_with_single_student(self):
        garden = Garden("VC\nRC")
            garden.plants("Alice"), ["Violets", "Clover", "Radishes", "Clover"]

    def test_partial_garden_garden_with_two_students(self):
        garden = Garden("VVCG\nVVRC")
            garden.plants("Bob"), ["Clover", "Grass", "Radishes", "Clover"]

    def test_partial_garden_second_student_s_garden(self):
        garden = Garden("VVCCGG\nVVCCGG")
        self.assertEqual(garden.plants("Bob"), ["Clover", "Clover", "Clover", "Clover"])

    def test_partial_garden_third_student_s_garden(self):
        garden = Garden("VVCCGG\nVVCCGG")
        self.assertEqual(garden.plants("Charlie"), ["Grass", "Grass", "Grass", "Grass"])

    def test_full_garden_first_student_s_garden(self):
            garden.plants("Alice"), ["Violets", "Radishes", "Violets", "Radishes"]

    def test_full_garden_second_student_s_garden(self):
        self.assertEqual(garden.plants("Bob"), ["Clover", "Grass", "Clover", "Clover"])

    def test_full_garden_second_to_last_student_s_garden(self):
            garden.plants("Kincaid"), ["Grass", "Clover", "Clover", "Grass"]

    def test_full_garden_last_student_s_garden(self):
            garden.plants("Larry"), ["Grass", "Violets", "Clover", "Violets"]

    # Additional tests for this track

    def test_students_are_unordered_first_student(self):
        garden = Garden(
            "VCRRGVRG\nRVGCCGCV", students=["Samantha", "Patricia", "Xander", "Roger"]
            garden.plants("Patricia"), ["Violets", "Clover", "Radishes", "Violets"]

    def test_students_are_unordered_last_student(self):
        garden = Garden(
            "VCRRGVRG\nRVGCCGCV", students=["Samantha", "Patricia", "Xander", "Roger"]
            garden.plants("Xander"), ["Radishes", "Grass", "Clover", "Violets"]

if __name__ == "__main__":
class Garden:
    STUDENTS = ["Alice", "Bob", "Charlie", "David", "Eve", "Fred", "Ginny",
                "Harriet", "Ileana", "Joseph", "Kincaid", "Larry"]
    PLANTS = {"C": "Clover", "G": "Grass", "R": "Radishes", "V": "Violets"}

    def __init__(self, diagram, students=None):
        # The teacher assigns cups to children alphabetically by their names
        students = sorted(students or self.STUDENTS)

        # this is valid as long as NUM_ROWS = 2
        row1, row2 = diagram.splitlines()

        # the names of each plant, indexed by student name
        self.cups = {}

        # loop for all students (row lengths are assumed to be equal)
        for index, student in enumerate(students[:len(row1)]):
            # a is the index starting position of the student
            a = index * self.NUM_CUPS_PER_STUDENT
            # b value is the index ending position of the student
            b = a + self.NUM_CUPS_PER_STUDENT

            # handle invalid input by assigning an empty list
            self.cups.setdefault(student, [])

            # assign the plant in each row corresponding to the current student
                self.PLANTS[plant] for plant in row1[a:b]
                self.PLANTS[plant] for plant in row2[a:b]

    def plants(self, student):
        return self.cups.get(student, [])

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