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to Scrabble Score in the Ruby Track

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Instructions
Test suite
Solution

Given a word, compute the scrabble score for that word.

Letter Values

You'll need these:

Letter                           Value
A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T       1
D, G                               2
B, C, M, P                         3
F, H, V, W, Y                      4
K                                  5
J, X                               8
Q, Z                               10

Examples

"cabbage" should be scored as worth 14 points:

  • 3 points for C
  • 1 point for A, twice
  • 3 points for B, twice
  • 2 points for G
  • 1 point for E

And to total:

  • 3 + 2*1 + 2*3 + 2 + 1
  • = 3 + 2 + 6 + 3
  • = 5 + 9
  • = 14

Extensions

  • You can play a double or a triple letter.
  • You can play a double or a triple word.

For installation and learning resources, refer to the exercism help 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 scrabble_score_test.rb

To include color from the command line:

ruby -r minitest/pride scrabble_score_test.rb

Source

Inspired by the Extreme Startup game https://github.com/rchatley/extreme_startup

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

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

scrabble_score_test.rb

require 'minitest/autorun'
require_relative 'scrabble_score'

class ScrabbleTest < Minitest::Test
  def test_empty_word_scores_zero
    assert_equal 0, Scrabble.new('').score
  end

  def test_whitespace_scores_zero
    skip
    assert_equal 0, Scrabble.new(" \t\n").score
  end

  def test_nil_scores_zero
    skip
    assert_equal 0, Scrabble.new(nil).score
  end

  def test_scores_very_short_word
    skip
    assert_equal 1, Scrabble.new('a').score
  end

  def test_scores_other_very_short_word
    skip
    assert_equal 4, Scrabble.new('f').score
  end

  def test_simple_word_scores_the_number_of_letters
    skip
    assert_equal 6, Scrabble.new('street').score
  end

  def test_complicated_word_scores_more
    skip
    assert_equal 22, Scrabble.new('quirky').score
  end

  def test_scores_are_case_insensitive
    skip
    assert_equal 41, Scrabble.new('OXYPHENBUTAZONE').score
  end

  def test_convenient_scoring
    skip
    assert_equal 13, Scrabble.score('alacrity')
  end
end
class Scrabble
  attr_accessor :word

  LETTERS = {
    1 => /A|E|I|O|U|L|N|R|S|T/,
    2 => /D|G/,
    3 => /B|C|M|P/,
    4 => /F|H|V|W|Y/,
    5 => /K/,
    8 => /J|X/,
    10 => /Q|Z/
  }.freeze

  def initialize(word)
    @word = word.to_s.upcase
  end

  def score
    return 0 if @word.strip.empty?
    LETTERS.keys.sum do |key|
      @word.scan(LETTERS[key]).size * key
    end
  end

  def self.score(word)
    new(word).score
  end
end

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