A competition to solve a particular problem through the usage and manipulation of strings.

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Shift characters in a string

In this challenge, you are required to shift characters in an inputted string n number of times and output the shifted string Input Input will first contain a string. In the next line, an integer, ...
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Fix the Braces, etc

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to add the minimum number of parentheses, braces, and brackets to make a given string (containing only parentheses, braces, and brackets) have correct ...
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Expand an encoded string

There's the classic run length encoding and decoding. input output a3b2c5 aaabbccccc And that's fairly straight forward and done before. The challenge is to also account for a non-standard ...
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Take first letter of each word, leave spaces and punctuation

Shrink each word in a string of group of strings to single letters delineated by spaces or punctuation. Example I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout. When I get ...
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Gode-Colf: Wipping Flords around [duplicate]

Here is another short string related code-golf. You must write a full program that reads a string (from STDIN or as command line arguments, as long as you specify which) and wips the flords around ...
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Return every N-th word of a string

Your goal is to write a program that, given a number N and a string as input, will return a string containing every Nth word of the original string, starting from the first word. Sample ...
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Formatting a Lisp-like Syntax

Background (Based on a true, heart-wrenching story) In my time, I've played around with Lisp and similar languages often. I've written with them, ran them, interpreted them, designed them, and made ...
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Count the number of vowels in each word of a string

This is a rather easy challenge. Challenge Input will contain a string (not null or empty) of maximum length 100. Output the number of vowels in each word of the string, seperated by spaces. Rules ...
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Caesar equivalence

Two strings are "Caesar equivalent" if the distance (counting up) between the corresponding characters are the same. Yes, I made this term up. Here's an example: "Abc" and "Cde" are equivalent ...
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Stripping off extra spaces from a string

You are given a string. Output the string with one space per words. Challenge Input will be a string (not null or empty), surrounded with quotes(") sent via the stdin. Remove leading and trailing ...
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QuickGolf - Barry the messy developer #2

This is a follow-up of QuickGolf - Ignore the noise #1 the only problem being that Barry has made things even worse for us. Lets see what happened Update I've added code to create random ...
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Find the longest musical substring

A musical string is any string that can be played on a piano keyboard. For those of us who weren't forced to learn the piano as kids, here is what the keyboard looks like. So the string feed a ...
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QuickGolf - Ignore the noise #1

Instructions Barry is a not so good backend developer in charge of a small API that should give you information about purchases made in a client's shop. However, he hasn't done a great job and your ...
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Extract a string from a given string

You are given a string and two characters. You have to print the string between these characters from the string. Input Input will first contain a string (not empty or null). In the next line, there ...
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Mixing characters in a string

You have to write a function/program that takes input via the stdin/command-line arguments/function arguments, mixes up characters in a string, and then output the final string via the stdout. Input ...
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QuickGolf - Heads or Tails

Instructions Given an unknown input string i with a value of either heads or tails, return 1 for heads or -1 for tails with the shortest code. Sample not golfed code (55b): if(i == "heads"){ ...
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Detecting anagrams within a Parent String

Given two strings, a parent string and a query string respectively, your task is to determine how many times the query string, or an anagram of the query string; appears in the parent string, in a ...
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Optimize the Scralphabet

Scralphabet A normal bag of Scrabble tiles contains the following letters (? is a blank tile, which can stand for any other letter): ...
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Fake Marquee Text

In this challenge fake marquee text is text that is shown part by part, in a scrolling-like fashion. Some examples: testing 4 t te tes test esti stin ting ing ng g hello 2 h he el ll lo o ...
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Capitalize first letter of each word of input

This is a relatively quick one, but I'm sure you'll like it. Codegolf a program that will take input in the form of a sentence and then provide the output with the first letter capitalized in each ...
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Non-crossing X's and crossing non-X's

You should write a program or function which given a text as input outputs or returns the sum of the following three integers: Number of lowercase x's which are not part of a cross-formation. Number ...
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Is that word Feminine or Masculine?

Write a program or function that takes in a single string containing only lowercase a-z, and prints or returns a truthy value if the word is the feminine version of the thing it represents and a falsy ...
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Where will your buddies sit?

You and some buddies are going bowling. There are a total of N bowlers. However, there are only N-1 chairs to sit in. The solution is simple: whoever's turn it currently is doesn't get a chair. Then ...
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Real-time string matching

Task The task is to golf a real-time exact string matching algorithm of your choice. Input Two lines of text supplied on standard input, separated by a new line. The first line contains the ...
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Find Patterns in Strings

In this challence, your task is to locate substrings with a given structure. Input Your input shall be two non-empty alphanumeric strings, a pattern p and a text t. The idea is that each character ...
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Hodorize a String

Hodor is a slow-minded but endearing character on the show Game of Thrones (he's in the books as well of course). The only word he ever says is 'hodor'. Surprisingly, despite not having much of a ...
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IMP: Implicit multiplication parser

Jack likes C programming language, but hates to write expressions like V=a*b*h; to multiply the values. He would like to write V=abh; instead, why should compiler moan about abh symbol being ...
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Wrap-Around Subsequences

Introduction In this challenge, your task is to find generalized subsequences of strings. The subsequences are not necessarily contiguous, and they can also "wrap around" the string, going past its ...
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ASCII L-system renderer

Background An L-system (or Lindenmayer system) is a parallel rewriting system that, among other things, can be easily used to model fractals. This question concerns deterministic, context-free ...
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Remove single line and multiline comments from string

Goal Using the programming language of your choice, write the shortest program to eliminate comments from a string representing a C program. Input The string can be... given as a function ...
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DoIt Java Style [closed]

Given string X, convert it to Java Style string, as defined below: Strings may only contain numbers and letters(signs are not allowed) Strings must not start with numbers Strings must start with ...
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Shortest Substring Index

I'm a lazy but efficient person, as many of you probably are as well. So, whenever I'm doing something I want to do it with minimal effort. Which is why I'm asking you to solve this problem for me. ...
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N-gram histogram

Given a text and a number N, output, in a human readable format, the set of the character N-grams with their respective percentages. The smallprint The text can be read from a file, stdin, passed ...
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Decode a Rövarspråket string

This question is the inverse of this one by James Williams. Rövarspråket Rövarspråket is a word game played by Swedish children, from the books about Kalle Blomkvist by Astrid Lindgren. The basic ...
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Implement a Variable Length Hash

My friend and I have this game that we play with words. It is a fun pastime and it involves "canceling out" letters in a word until there is nothing left. I am really tired of him being so much faster ...
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Convert a string to its Rövarspråket equivalent

Rövarspråket Rövarspråket is a word game played by Swedish children, from the books about Kalle Blomkvist by Astrid Lindgren. The basic rules are as follows (from Wikipedia): Every consonant ...
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Discrete Baker's Map

Introduction The Baker's map is an important dynamical system that exhibits chaotic behavior. It is a function from the unit square to itself defined intuitively as follows. Cut the square ...
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Two-way Palindromic Closure Generator

Introduction A palindromic closure of an input string is the shortest palindrome that can be constructed out of the input string where the final palindrome starts with the input string. For this ...
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Words of centuries

I'd like to get a list of words that are strongly connected with a particular time epoch, for example, 19th century, 20th century and 21st century. I suspect that nobody used a word like "smartphone" ...
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Palindromic palindrome generator

Create a program, that converts input string to a palindrome starting with the input string. The program itself must be a palindrome. For example input: neverod, print neveroddoreven. You should ...
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A Basic Pyth-like Syntax Checker

Pyth is a golfing language based on Python. It uses prefix notation, with each command having a different arity (number of arguments it accepts). Your task is to write a syntax checker for a ...
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Latin Word Judgment

Because I can't concentrate on any task for more than about 5 seconds, I often find myself breaking up words into a sub-strings, each of which is a different length and doesn't contain any repeated ...
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The Characters in the String Go Round and Round

(Inspired by an early draft of PhiNotPi's fractal line challenge.) You're given a width W > 1, a height H > 1 and string consisting of 2(W+H-2) printable ASCII characters. The task is to print ...
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Adding Numbers with Regex

I want to try a new type of regex golf challenge, which asks you to solve nontrivial computational tasks with nothing but regex substitution. To make this more possible and less of a chore, you will ...
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Keep the unique characters down

It's very simple: Your program or function should generate the following text: Elizabeth obnoxiously quoted (just too rowdy for my peace): "THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG," giving me a ...
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Language Design: 2-D Pattern Matching

This is Fortnightly Challenge #6. Theme: Language Design There's a chatroom for this challenge. Come and join us if you want to discuss ideas! And now for something completely different... This ...
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Longest common substring

This challenge is about writing code to solve the following problem. Given two strings A and B, your code should output the start and end indices of a substring of A with the following properties. ...
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Prelude Syntax-Checker

Prelude is an esoteric programming language, which has very few, but unusual, restrictions on what constitutes a valid program. Any block of printable ASCII text ("block" meaning that lines of ...
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Check whether letters of word are in alphabetical order

Write a function/program that accepts a string of lower/uppercase letters [A-Za-z] as input, that checks whether the occuring letters are unique and in alphabetical order (ignoring lower and ...
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Golf Down the PPCG Usernames

A comment I made in chat and the ensuing conversation inspired me to make this challenge. Am I the only one referred to by initials around here? We are all about golfing things down. We can have ...