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Published at May 09 2021
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Instructions

Test suite

Solution

Detect saddle points in a matrix.

So say you have a matrix like so:

```
0 1 2
|---------
0 | 9 8 7
1 | 5 3 2 <--- saddle point at (1,0)
2 | 6 6 7
```

It has a saddle point at (1, 0).

It's called a "saddle point" because it is greater than or equal to every element in its row and less than or equal to every element in its column.

A matrix may have zero or more saddle points.

Your code should be able to provide the (possibly empty) list of all the saddle points for any given matrix.

The matrix can have a different number of rows and columns (Non square).

Note that you may find other definitions of matrix saddle points online, but the tests for this exercise follow the above unambiguous definition.

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 saddle_points_test.rb
```

To include color from the command line:

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

J Dalbey's Programming Practice problems http://users.csc.calpoly.edu/~jdalbey/103/Projects/ProgrammingPractice.html

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

```
require 'minitest/autorun'
require_relative 'saddle_points'
class MatrixTest < Minitest::Test
def test_extract_a_row
matrix = Matrix.new("1 2\n10 20")
assert_equal [1, 2], matrix.rows[0]
end
def test_extract_same_row_again
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("9 7\n8 6")
assert_equal [9, 7], matrix.rows[0]
end
def test_extract_other_row
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("9 8 7\n19 18 17")
assert_equal [19, 18, 17], matrix.rows[1]
end
def test_extract_other_row_again
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("1 4 9\n16 25 36")
assert_equal [16, 25, 36], matrix.rows[1]
end
def test_extract_a_column
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("1 2 3\n4 5 6\n7 8 9\n 8 7 6")
assert_equal [1, 4, 7, 8], matrix.columns[0]
end
def test_extract_another_column
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("89 1903 3\n18 3 1\n9 4 800")
assert_equal [1903, 3, 4], matrix.columns[1]
end
def test_no_saddle_point
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("2 1\n1 2")
assert_equal [], matrix.saddle_points
end
def test_a_saddle_point
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("1 2\n3 4")
assert_equal [[0, 1]], matrix.saddle_points
end
def test_another_saddle_point
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("18 3 39 19 91\n38 10 8 77 320\n3 4 8 6 7")
assert_equal [[2, 2]], matrix.saddle_points
end
def test_multiple_saddle_points
skip
matrix = Matrix.new("4 5 4\n3 5 5\n1 5 4")
assert_equal [[0, 1], [1, 1], [2, 1]], matrix.saddle_points
end
end
```

```
class Matrix
def initialize(matrix)
@matrix = matrix.split("\n").map {|row| row.split(' ')}
end
def rows
@matrix.map {|row| row.map(&:to_i)}
end
def columns
rows.transpose
end
def saddle_points
s_points = []
row_index.each do |row_pair|
column_index.each do |col_pair|
s_points << col_pair[0..1] if col_pair[0..1] == row_pair[0..1]
end
end
return s_points
end
def row_index
row_pair = []
rows.each_with_index do |row, col_inx|
row.each_with_index do |num, index|
row_pair << [col_inx, index, num] if num == row.max
end
end
row_pair
end
def column_index
col_pair = []
columns.each_with_index do |column, row_inx|
column.each_with_index do |num, index|
col_pair << [index, row_inx, num] if num == column.min
end
end
col_pair
end
end
```

A huge amount can be learned from reading other peopleโs code. This is why we wanted to give exercism users the option of making their solutions public.

Here are some questions to help you reflect on this solution and learn the most from it.

- What compromises have been made?
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