Published at Jul 13 2018
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Instructions

Test suite

Solution

Write a function to solve alphametics puzzles.

Alphametics is a puzzle where letters in words are replaced with numbers.

For example `SEND + MORE = MONEY`

:

```
S E N D
M O R E +
-----------
M O N E Y
```

Replacing these with valid numbers gives:

```
9 5 6 7
1 0 8 5 +
-----------
1 0 6 5 2
```

This is correct because every letter is replaced by a different number and the words, translated into numbers, then make a valid sum.

Each letter must represent a different digit, and the leading digit of a multi-digit number must not be zero.

Write a function to solve alphametics puzzles.

For installation and learning resources, refer to the Ruby resources page.

For running the tests provided, you will need the Minitest gem. Open a terminal window and run the following command to install minitest:

```
gem install minitest
```

If you would like color output, you can `require 'minitest/pride'`

in
the test file, or note the alternative instruction, below, for running
the test file.

Run the tests from the exercise directory using the following command:

```
ruby alphametics_test.rb
```

To include color from the command line:

```
ruby -r minitest/pride alphametics_test.rb
```

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

```
require 'minitest/autorun'
require_relative 'alphametics'
# Common test data version: 1.3.0 361cf3c
class AlphameticsTest < Minitest::Test
def test_puzzle_with_three_letters
# skip
puzzle = 'I + BB == ILL'
expected = { 'B' => 9, 'I' => 1, 'L' => 0 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
def test_solution_must_have_unique_value_for_each_letter
skip
puzzle = 'A == B'
expected = {}
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
def test_leading_zero_solution_is_invalid
skip
puzzle = 'ACA + DD == BD'
expected = {}
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
def test_puzzle_with_two_digits_final_carry
skip
puzzle = 'A + A + A + A + A + A + A + A + A + A + A + B == BCC'
expected = { 'A' => 9, 'B' => 1, 'C' => 0 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
def test_puzzle_with_four_letters
skip
puzzle = 'AS + A == MOM'
expected = { 'A' => 9, 'M' => 1, 'O' => 0, 'S' => 2 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
def test_puzzle_with_six_letters
skip
puzzle = 'NO + NO + TOO == LATE'
expected = { 'A' => 0, 'E' => 2, 'L' => 1, 'N' => 7,
'O' => 4, 'T' => 9 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
def test_puzzle_with_seven_letters
skip
puzzle = 'HE + SEES + THE == LIGHT'
expected = { 'E' => 4, 'G' => 2, 'H' => 5, 'I' => 0,
'L' => 1, 'S' => 9, 'T' => 7 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
# The obvious algorithm can take a long time to solve this puzzle,
# but an optimised solution can solve it fairly quickly.
# (It's OK to submit your solution without getting this test to pass.)
def test_puzzle_with_eight_letters
skip
puzzle = 'SEND + MORE == MONEY'
expected = { 'D' => 7, 'E' => 5, 'M' => 1, 'N' => 6,
'O' => 0, 'R' => 8, 'S' => 9, 'Y' => 2 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
# The obvious algorithm can take a long time to solve this puzzle,
# but an optimised solution can solve it fairly quickly.
# (It's OK to submit your solution without getting this test to pass.)
def test_puzzle_with_ten_letters
skip
puzzle = 'AND + A + STRONG + OFFENSE + AS + A + GOOD == DEFENSE'
expected = { 'A' => 5, 'D' => 3, 'E' => 4, 'F' => 7,
'G' => 8, 'N' => 0, 'O' => 2, 'R' => 1,
'S' => 6, 'T' => 9 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
# The obvious algorithm can take a long time to solve this puzzle,
# but an optimised solution can solve it fairly quickly.
# (It's OK to submit your solution without getting this test to pass.)
#
# Remove 'do_not_' from the test name to run this test.
def do_not_test_puzzle_with_ten_letters_and_199_addends
skip
puzzle = 'THIS + A + FIRE + THEREFORE + FOR + ALL + HISTORIES + I + TELL + A + TALE + THAT + FALSIFIES + ITS + TITLE + TIS + A + LIE + THE + TALE + OF + THE + LAST + FIRE + HORSES + LATE + AFTER + THE + FIRST + FATHERS + FORESEE + THE + HORRORS + THE + LAST + FREE + TROLL + TERRIFIES + THE + HORSES + OF + FIRE + THE + TROLL + RESTS + AT + THE + HOLE + OF + LOSSES + IT + IS + THERE + THAT + SHE + STORES + ROLES + OF + LEATHERS + AFTER + SHE + SATISFIES + HER + HATE + OFF + THOSE + FEARS + A + TASTE + RISES + AS + SHE + HEARS + THE + LEAST + FAR + HORSE + THOSE + FAST + HORSES + THAT + FIRST + HEAR + THE + TROLL + FLEE + OFF + TO + THE + FOREST + THE + HORSES + THAT + ALERTS + RAISE + THE + STARES + OF + THE + OTHERS + AS + THE + TROLL + ASSAILS + AT + THE + TOTAL + SHIFT + HER + TEETH + TEAR + HOOF + OFF + TORSO + AS + THE + LAST + HORSE + FORFEITS + ITS + LIFE + THE + FIRST + FATHERS + HEAR + OF + THE + HORRORS + THEIR + FEARS + THAT + THE + FIRES + FOR + THEIR + FEASTS + ARREST + AS + THE + FIRST + FATHERS + RESETTLE + THE + LAST + OF + THE + FIRE + HORSES + THE + LAST + TROLL + HARASSES + THE + FOREST + HEART + FREE + AT + LAST + OF + THE + LAST + TROLL + ALL + OFFER + THEIR + FIRE + HEAT + TO + THE + ASSISTERS + FAR + OFF + THE + TROLL + FASTS + ITS + LIFE + SHORTER + AS + STARS + RISE + THE + HORSES + REST + SAFE + AFTER + ALL + SHARE + HOT + FISH + AS + THEIR + AFFILIATES + TAILOR + A + ROOFS + FOR + THEIR + SAFE == FORTRESSES'
expected = { 'A' => 1, 'E' => 0, 'F' => 5, 'H' => 8,
'I' => 7, 'L' => 2, 'O' => 6, 'R' => 3,
'S' => 4, 'T' => 9 }
assert_equal expected, Alphametics.solve(puzzle)
end
end
```

```
# frozen_string_literal: true
module Alphametics
NON_UPPERCASE_CHARACTERS = /[^A-Z]/.freeze
private_constant :NON_UPPERCASE_CHARACTERS
SINGLE_DIGITS = (0..9).to_a
private_constant :SINGLE_DIGITS
module_function
def solve(input)
letters = input.gsub(NON_UPPERCASE_CHARACTERS, "").chars.uniq
SINGLE_DIGITS.permutation(letters.length).each do |permutation|
expression = input.tr(letters.join, permutation.join).split
next if leading_zero?(expression)
return letters.zip(permutation).to_h if evaluate(expression)
end
{}
end
def leading_zero?(expression)
expression.any? { |component| component.start_with?("0") }
end
private_class_method :leading_zero?
def evaluate(expression)
expression
.each_slice(2)
.reduce(expression.shift.to_i, &method(:accumulate_expression))
end
private_class_method :evaluate
def accumulate_expression(object, (method, value))
object.public_send(method, value.to_i)
end
private_class_method :accumulate_expression
end
```

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