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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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  • Python 2.7: py.test kindergarten_garden_test.py
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import unittest

from kindergarten_garden import Garden

# Tests adapted from `problem-specifications//canonical-data.json` @ v1.1.0

class KindergartenGardenTest(unittest.TestCase):
    def test_garden_with_single_student(self):
            "Radishes Clover Grass Grass".split())

    def test_different_garden_with_single_student(self):
            "Violets Clover Radishes Clover".split())

    def test_garden_with_two_students(self):
        garden = Garden("VVCG\nVVRC")
            garden.plants("Bob"), "Clover Grass Radishes Clover".split())

    def test_multiple_students_for_the_same_garden_with_three_students(self):
        garden = Garden("VVCCGG\nVVCCGG")
        self.assertEqual(garden.plants("Bob"), ["Clover"] * 4)
        self.assertEqual(garden.plants("Charlie"), ["Grass"] * 4)

    def test_full_garden(self):
            "Violets Radishes Violets Radishes".split())
            garden.plants("Bob"), "Clover Grass Clover Clover".split())
            garden.plants("Kincaid"), "Grass Clover Clover Grass".split())
            garden.plants("Larry"), "Grass Violets Clover Violets".split())

    # Additional tests for this track
    def test_disordered_test(self):
        garden = Garden(
            students="Samantha Patricia Xander Roger".split())
            "Violets Clover Radishes Violets".split())
            garden.plants("Xander"), "Radishes Grass Clover Violets".split())

if __name__ == '__main__':
class Garden:

    DEFAULT_STUDENTS = ("Alice Bob Charlie David Eve Fred Ginny "
                        "Harriet Ileana Joseph Kincaid Larry").split()

    PLANTS = {'G': 'Grass',
              'C': 'Clover',
              'R': 'Radishes',
              'V': 'Violets'}

    def __init__(self, diagram, students = DEFAULT_STUDENTS):
        self.diagram = diagram
        self.rows = [list(row) for row in diagram.split()]
        self.plant_rows = [[self.PLANTS[c] for c in row] for row in self.rows]
        self.students = sorted(students)

    def plants(self, name):
        return self.plants_for_index(self.students.index(name))

    # Dislike how these are hardcoded indices
    def plants_for_index(self, i):
        return [self.plant_rows[0][i * 2],
                self.plant_rows[0][i * 2 + 1],
                self.plant_rows[1][i * 2],
                self.plant_rows[1][i * 2 + 1]]

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