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Given a date, the current Dow Opening, and your current coordinates as a rounded integer, produce a "geohash."


Input through any reasonable means (STDIN, function argument, flag, etc.) the following:

  • The current date. This does necessarily have to be the date of the system's clock, so assume that the input is correct.
  • The most recent Dow Opening (must support at least 2 decimal places)
  • The floor of your current latitude and longitude.

To make input easier, you can input through any reasonable structured format. Here are some examples (you may create your own):

05-26-05 10458.68 37 -122


Given your arguments, you must perform the "geohash" algorithm illustrated in the comic. The algorithm is as follows.

  1. Format the date and Dow Opening in this structure: YYYY-MM-DD-DOW. For example, it might look like 2005-05-26-10458.68.
  2. Perform an md5 hash on the above. Remove any spacing or parsing characters, and split it in to two parts. For example, you might have these strings: db9318c2259923d0 and 8b672cb305440f97.
  3. Append each string to 0. and convert to decimal. Using the above strings, we get the following: 0.db9318c2259923d0 and 0.8b672cb305440f97, which is converted to decimal as aproximately 0.8577132677070023444 and 0.5445430695592821056. You must truncate it down the the first 8 characters, producing 0.857713 and 0.544543.
  4. Combine the coordinates given through input and the decimals we just produced: 37 + 0.857713 = 37.857713 and -122 + 0.544543 = -122.544543


  • To prevent the code from being unbearably long, you may use a built-in for the md5 hash.
  • Standard loopholes (hardcoding, calling external resource) are forbidden.
  • \$\begingroup\$ May we take negative integers in the format _# instead of -#, i.e. _37 instead of -37? \$\endgroup\$ – R. Kap Jan 15 '17 at 20:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. As I stated, input and output can be flexible. \$\endgroup\$ – Julian Lachniet Jan 15 '17 at 22:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ Shame about not using built-ins. Python3's module antigravity would have works well hg.python.org/cpython/file/tip/Lib/antigravity.py \$\endgroup\$ – george Jan 16 '17 at 10:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @george Did you make that module? \$\endgroup\$ – Julian Lachniet Jan 16 '17 at 16:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JulianLachniet Unfortunately not, never actually had a use for it though \$\endgroup\$ – george Jan 16 '17 at 16:42

Bash + Coreutils + md5, 98 bytes:

C=`md5 -q -s $1-$2`;C=${C^^};for i in 3 4;{ dc -e 16i[${!i}]n`cut -c1-7<<<.${C:$[16*(i>3)]:16}`p;}

Try It Online!

Uses the built-in md5 command on OSX to generate the MD5 hash. Takes 4 space separated command line arguments in the following format:


with negative numbers input and output with a leading underscore (i.e. _122 instead of -122).

Note: Depending on your system, you may need to substitute in echo -n $1-$2|md5sum for md5 -q -s $1-$2 in order for this to work. Doing so brings the byte count up to 103, and is indeed the case in the TIO link.

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Python 2, 129 bytes

import md5
print map(lambda p,o:o+'.'+`float.fromhex('.'+p)`[2:8],(h[:16],h[16:]),c)

Input is given in the form '2005-05-26','10458.68',('37','-122') (using the example).

Computes the MD5 hash with md5.new().hexdigest(), then performs the necessary transforms. I could save five bytes by using h instead of h[:16], but I'm not sure if that would affect the six most significant digits in the decimal conversion.

Ideone it! (substituting an eval() call for the input())

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    \$\begingroup\$ BTW in python3 geohash is in the stdlib:from antigravity import geohash \$\endgroup\$ – pgy Jan 23 '17 at 20:36

Groovy, 198 161 bytes


This is an unnamed closure.


[37.857713, -122.544543]

Try it here!

Ungolfed -

import java.security.*
    date,open,lat,lon ->
    md = "" + MessageDigest.getInstance("MD5").digest((date+"-"+open).bytes).encodeHex()
    decimal = {(Double.valueOf("0x0."+it+"p0")+"")[1..7]}
    [lat+decimal(md[0..15]),lon+decimal(md[16..31])]  //Implicity returns
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    \$\begingroup\$ tio.run/nexus/groovy btw ;). \$\endgroup\$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jan 17 '17 at 20:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, ` as String` is shorter than .toString() by one byte. \$\endgroup\$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jan 17 '17 at 20:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ @carusocomputing Thanks saved a lot by using this instead ""+... \$\endgroup\$ – Gurupad Mamadapur Jan 17 '17 at 21:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Oh jeez! I shoulda seen that as well, haha that took it even further, nice one ☺. \$\endgroup\$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jan 17 '17 at 21:50

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