# User Appreciation Challenge #1: Dennis ♦

I got the spontaneous idea of making a series of challenges of users that have helped and continue to help the PPCG community be an enjoyable place for everyone, or maybe just specifically for me. :P

If you convert Dennis's name to an array of 1s and 0s where each consonant is 1 and each vowel is 0, the array is [1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1], which is symmetrical. Thus, your challenge is to determine what other names are like this.

# Challenge

Given an ASCII string, remove all characters that aren't letters and determine if the configuration of vowels and consonants are symmetrical. y is not a vowel.

Please note that your program does not have to be this type of string itself.

# Test Cases

Dennis -> truthy
Martin -> truthy
Martin Ender -> truthy
Alex -> falsy
Alex A. -> truthy
Doorknob -> falsy
Mego -> falsy


# Reference Implementation

This Python 3 code will give the correct output given a test case. It is as ungolfed as I could make it without being ridiculous.

# Python 3

s = input()
l = []
for c in s:
if c in 'AEIOUaeiou':
l.append(0)
elif c in 'BCDFGHJKLMNPQRSTVWXYZbcdfghjklmnpqrstvwxyz':
l.append(1)
print(l == list(reversed(l)), end = '')


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• When and who is #2? – caird coinheringaahing Jun 10 '17 at 15:58
• @cairdcoinheringaahing Thanks for reminding me. It's going to be about Mego (TNB RO hence the italics) but I haven't gotten around to finalizing it yet. – HyperNeutrino Jun 10 '17 at 17:08
• @cairdcoinheringaahing I'm pretty sure he knows already; I said I'd do one about him but I haven't decided if I'm going to do something relating to penguins or TNB yet. – HyperNeutrino Jun 10 '17 at 17:32
• @HyperNeutrino Umm, you can't use italics in titles. – Erik the Outgolfer Jun 10 '17 at 18:47
• @EriktheOutgolfer Aww :( That sucks. – HyperNeutrino Jun 11 '17 at 1:20

# 05AB1E, 9 bytes

žM¹álSåÂQ


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This attacks Jelly's pain point exactly. It uses l and A, 1-byte equivalents for Jelly's Œl and Øa respectively.

• Are you sure that this works? Run this – MCCCS May 28 '17 at 16:34
• @MCCCS Hmm, you may be right. – Erik the Outgolfer May 28 '17 at 16:48
• You can replace AÃ by á and DR by Â. – Adnan May 28 '17 at 18:39
• @Adnan Forgot about á, didn't know what Â does, thanks! – Erik the Outgolfer May 28 '17 at 18:45
• @alexis most of these golfing languages use 256 different characters and a custom codepage that maps hex 00 to FF to those 256 characters, see the Jelly answer – Stephen May 29 '17 at 1:11

# Jelly, 11 bytes

ŒufØAe€ØCŒḂ


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Alternate versions:

ŒlfØae€ØCŒḂ


ŒufØAe€ØcŒḂ


ŒlfØae€ØcŒḂ


Of course a challenge appreciating Dennis must have an answer in a language of his.

• Œuf is Egg in french. Just sayin' – YSC May 29 '17 at 13:59

## x86 32-bit machine-code function, 42 41 bytes

Currently the shortest non-golfing-language answer, 1B shorter than @streetster's q/kdb+.

With 0 for truthy and non-zero for falsy: 41 40 bytes. (in general, saves 1 byte for 32-bit, 2 bytes for 64-bit).

With implicit-length strings (C-style 0-terminated): 45 44 bytes

x86-64 machine-code (with 32-bit pointers, like the x32 ABI): 44 43 bytes.

x86-64 with implicit-length strings, still 46 bytes (the shift/mask bitmap strategy is break-even now).

This is a function with C signature _Bool dennis_like(size_t ecx, const char *esi). The calling convention is slightly non-standard, close to MS vectorcall/fastcall but with different arg registers: string in ESI and the length in ECX. It only clobbers its arg-regs and EDX. AL holds the return value, with the high bytes holding garbage (as allowed by the SysV x86 and x32 ABIs. IDK what MS's ABIs say about high-garbage when returning bool or narrow integers.)

Explanation of the algorithm:

Loop over the input string, filtering and classifying into a boolean array on the stack: For each byte, check if it's an alphabetic character (if not, continue to next char), and transform it to an integer from 0-25 (A-Z). Use that 0-25 integer to check a bitmap of vowel=0/consonant=1. (The bitmap is loaded into a register as a 32-bit immediate constant). Push 0 or 0xFF onto the stack according to the bitmap result (actually in the low byte of a 32-bit element, which may have garbage in the top 3 bytes).

The first loop produces an array of 0 or 0xFF (in dword elements padded with garbage). Do the usual palindrome check with a second loop that stops when pointers cross in the middle (or when they both point to the same element if there were an odd number of alphabetic characters). The upward-moving pointer is the stack pointer, and we use POP to load+increment. Instead of compare / setcc in this loop, we can just use XOR to detect same/different since there are only two possible values. We could accumulate (with OR) whether we found any non-matching elements, but an early-out branch on flags set by XOR is at least as good.

Notice that the second loop uses byte operand-size, so it doesn't care what garbage the first loop leaves outside the low byte of each array element.

It uses the undocumented salc instruction to set AL from CF, in the same way that sbb al,al would. It's supported on every Intel CPU (except in 64-bit mode), even Knight's Landing! Agner Fog lists timings for it on all AMD CPUs as well (including Ryzen), so if x86 vendors insist on tying up that byte of opcode space ever since 8086, we might as well take advantage of it.

Interesting tricks:

• unsigned-compare trick for a combined isalpha() and toupper(), and zero-extends the byte to fill eax, setting up for:
• immediate bitmap in a register for bt, inspired by some nice compiler output for switch.
• Creating a variable-sized array on the stack with push in a loop. (Standard for asm, but not something you can do with C for the implicit-length string version). It uses 4 bytes of stack space for every input character, but saves at least 1 byte vs. optimal golfing around stosb.
• Instead of cmp/setne on the boolean array, XOR booleans together to get a truth value directly. (cmp/salc isn't an option, because salc only works for CF, and 0xFF-0 doesn't set CF. sete is 3 bytes, but would avoid the inc outside the loop, for a net cost of 2 bytes (1 in 64-bit mode)) vs. xor in the loop and fixing it with inc.
; explicit-length version: input string in ESI, byte count in ECX
08048060 <dennis_like>:
8048060:       55                      push   ebp
8048061:       89 e5                   mov    ebp,esp  ; a stack frame lets us restore esp with LEAVE (1B)
8048063:       ba ee be ef 03          mov    edx,0x3efbeee ; consonant bitmap

08048068 <dennis_like.filter_loop>:
8048068:       ac                      lods   al,BYTE PTR ds:[esi]
8048069:       24 5f                   and    al,0x5f    ; uppercase
804806b:       2c 41                   sub    al,0x41    ; range-shift to 0..25
804806d:       3c 19                   cmp    al,0x19    ; reject non-letters
804806f:       77 05                   ja     8048076 <dennis_like.non_alpha>
8048071:       0f a3 c2                bt     edx,eax    # AL = 0..25 = position in alphabet
8048074:       d6                      SALC     ; set AL=0 or 0xFF from carry.  Undocumented insn, but widely supported
8048075:       50                      push   eax
08048076 <dennis_like.non_alpha>:
8048076:       e2 f0                   loop   8048068 <dennis_like.filter_loop>   # ecx = remaining string bytes
; end of first loop

8048078:       89 ee                   mov    esi,ebp  ; ebp = one-past-the-top of the bool array
0804807a <dennis_like.palindrome_loop>:
804807a:       58                      pop    eax      ; read from the bottom
804807b:       83 ee 04                sub    esi,0x4
804807e:       32 06                   xor    al,BYTE PTR [esi]
8048080:       75 04                   jne    8048086 <dennis_like.non_palindrome>
8048082:       39 e6                   cmp    esi,esp             ; until the pointers meet or cross in the middle
8048084:       77 f4                   ja     804807a  <dennis_like.palindrome_loop>

08048086 <dennis_like.non_palindrome>:
; jump or fall-through to here with al holding an inverted boolean
8048086:       40                      inc    eax
8048087:       c9                      leave
8048088:       c3                      ret
;; 0x89 - 0x60 = 41 bytes


This is probably also one of the fastest answers, since none of the golfing really hurts too badly, at least for strings under a few thousand characters where the 4x memory usage doesn't cause a lot of cache-misses. (It might also lose to answers that take an early-out for non-Dennis-like strings before looping over all the characters.) salc is slower than setcc on many CPUs (e.g. 3 uops vs. 1 on Skylake), but a bitmap check with bt/salc is still faster than a string-search or regex-match. And there's no startup overhead, so it's extremely cheap for short strings.

Doing it in one pass on the fly would mean repeating the classification code for the up and down directions. That would be faster but larger code-size. (Of course if you want fast, you can do 16 or 32 chars at a time with SSE2 or AVX2, still using the compare trick by range-shifting to the bottom of the signed range).

Test program (for ia32 or x32 Linux) to call this function with a cmdline arg, and exit with status = return value. strlen implementation from int80h.org.

; build with the same %define macros as the source below (so this uses 32-bit regs in 32-bit mode)
global _start
_start:
;%define PTRSIZE 4   ; true for x32 and 32-bit mode.

mov  esi, [rsp+4 + 4*1]  ; esi = argv[1]
;mov  rsi, [rsp+8 + 8*1]  ; rsi = argv[1]   ; For regular x86-64 (not x32)

%if IMPLICIT_LENGTH == 0
; strlen(esi)
mov     rdi, rsi
mov     rcx, -1
xor     eax, eax
repne scasb    ; rcx = -strlen - 2
not     rcx
dec     rcx
%endif

mov  eax, 0xFFFFAEBB   ; make sure the function works with garbage in EAX
call dennis_like

;; use the 32-bit ABI _exit syscall, even in x32 code for simplicity
mov ebx, eax
mov eax, 1
int 0x80           ; _exit( dennis_like(argv[1]) )

;; movzx edi, al   ; actually mov edi,eax is fine here, too
;; mov eax,231     ; 64-bit ABI exit_group( same thing )
;; syscall


A 64-bit version of this function could use sbb eax,eax, which is only 2 bytes instead of 3 for setc al. It would also need an extra byte for dec or not at the end (because only 32-bit has 1-byte inc/dec r32). Using the x32 ABI (32-bit pointers in long mode), we can still avoid REX prefixes even though we copy and compare pointers.

setc [rdi] can write directly to memory, but reserving ECX bytes of stack space costs more code-size than that saves. (And we need to move through the output array. [rdi+rcx] takes one extra byte for the addressing mode, but really we need a counter that doesn't update for filtered characters so it's going to be worse than that.)

This is the YASM/NASM source with %if conditionals. It can be built with -felf32 (32-bit code) or -felfx32 (64-bit code with the x32 ABI), and with implicit or explicit length. I've tested all 4 versions. See this answer for a script to build a static binary from NASM/YASM source.

To test the 64-bit version on a machine without support for the x32 ABI, you can change the pointer regs to 64-bit. (Then simply subtract the number of REX.W=1 prefixes (0x48 bytes) from the count. In this case, 4 instructions need REX prefixes to operate on 64-bit regs). Or simply call it with the rsp and the input pointer in the low 4G of address space.

%define IMPLICIT_LENGTH 0

; This source can be built as x32, or as plain old 32-bit mode
; x32 needs to push 64-bit regs, and using them in addressing modes avoids address-size prefixes
; 32-bit code needs to use the 32-bit names everywhere

;%if __BITS__ != 32   ; NASM-only
%ifidn __OUTPUT_FORMAT__, elfx32
%define CPUMODE 64
%define STACKWIDTH 8    ; push / pop 8 bytes
%else
%define CPUMODE 32
%define STACKWIDTH 4    ; push / pop 4 bytes
%define rax eax
%define rcx ecx
%define rsi esi
%define rdi edi
%define rbp ebp
%define rsp esp
%endif

; A regular x86-64 version needs 4 REX prefixes to handle 64-bit pointers
; I haven't cluttered the source with that, but I guess stuff like %define ebp rbp  would do the trick.

;; Calling convention similar to SysV x32, or to MS vectorcall, but with different arg regs
;; _Bool dennis_like_implicit(const char *esi)
;; _Bool dennis_like_explicit(size_t ecx, const char *esi)
global dennis_like
dennis_like:
; We want to restore esp later, so make a stack frame for LEAVE
push  rbp
mov   ebp, esp   ; enter 0,0 is 4 bytes.  Only saves bytes if we had a fixed-size allocation to do.

;         ZYXWVUTSRQPONMLKJIHGFEDCBA
mov  edx, 11111011111011111011101110b   ; consonant/vowel bitmap for use with bt

;;; assume that len >= 1
%if IMPLICIT_LENGTH
lodsb   ; pipelining the loop is 1B shorter than  jmp .non_alpha
.filter_loop:
%else
.filter_loop:
lodsb
%endif

and   al, 0x7F ^ 0x20  ; force ASCII to uppercase.
sub   al, 'A'          ; range-shift to 'A' = 0
cmp   al, 'Z'-'A'      ; if al was less than 'A', it will be a large unsigned number
ja  .non_alpha
;; AL = position in alphabet (0-25)

bt    edx, eax              ; 3B
%if CPUMODE == 32
salc                        ; 1B   only sets AL = 0 or 0xFF.  Not available in 64-bit mode
%else
sbb   eax, eax              ; 2B   eax = 0 or -1, according to CF.
%endif
push  rax

.non_alpha:
%if IMPLICIT_LENGTH
lodsb
test   al,al
jnz .filter_loop
%else
loop .filter_loop
%endif
; al = potentially garbage if the last char was non-alpha
; esp = bottom of bool array

mov   esi, ebp  ; ebp = one-past-the-top of the bool array
.palindrome_loop:
pop   rax

sub   esi, STACKWIDTH
xor   al, [rsi]   ; al = (arr[up] != arr[--down]).  8-bit operand-size so flags are set from the non-garbage
jnz .non_palindrome

cmp   esi, esp
ja .palindrome_loop

.non_palindrome:  ; we jump here with al=1 if we found a difference, or drop out of the loop with al=0 for no diff
inc   eax     ;; AL transforms 0 -> 1  or  0xFF -> 0.
leave
ret           ; return value in AL.  high bytes of EAX are allowed to contain garbage.


I looked at messing around with DF (the direction flag that controls lodsd / scasd and so on), but it just didn't seem to be a win. The usual ABIs require that DF is cleared on function entry and exit. Assuming cleared on entry but leaving it set on exit would be cheating, IMO. It would be nice to use LODSD / SCASD to avoid the 3-byte sub esi, 4, especially in the case where there's no high-garbage.

### Alternate bitmap strategy (for x86-64 implicit-length strings)

It turns out this doesn't save any bytes, because bt r32,r32 still works with high garbage in the bit-index. It's just not documented the way shr is.

Instead of bt / sbb to get the bit into / out of CF, use a shift / mask to isolate the bit we want from the bitmap.

%if IMPLICIT_LENGTH && CPUMODE == 64
; incompatible with LOOP for explicit-length, both need ECX.  In that case, bt/sbb is best
xchg  eax, ecx
mov   eax, 11111011111011111011101110b   ; not hoisted out of the loop
shr   eax, cl
and   al, 1
%else
bt    edx, eax
sbb   eax, eax
%endif
push  rax


Since this produces 0/1 in AL at the end (instead of 0/0xFF), we can do the necessary inversion of the return value at the end of the function with xor al, 1 (2B) instead of dec eax (also 2B in x86-64) to still produce a proper bool / _Bool return value.

This used to save 1B for x86-64 with implicit-length strings, by avoiding the need to zero the high bytes of EAX. (I had been using and eax, 0x7F ^ 0x20 to force to upper-case and zero the rest of eax with a 3-byte and r32,imm8. But now I'm using the 2-byte immediate-with-AL encoding that most 8086 instructions have, like I was already doing for the sub and cmp.)

It loses to bt/salc in 32-bit mode, and explicit-length strings need ECX for the count so this doesn't work there either.

But then I realized that I was wrong: bt edx, eax still works with high garbage in eax. It apparently masks the shift count the same way shr r32, cl does (looking only at the low 5 bits of cl). This is different from bt [mem], reg, which can access outside the memory referenced by the addressing-mode/size, treating it as a bitstring. (Crazy CISC...)

Intel's insn set ref manual doesn't document the masking, so maybe it's undocumented behaviour that Intel is preserving for now. (That kind of thing is not uncommon. bsf dst, src with src=0 always leaves dst unmodified, even though it's documented to leave dst holding an undefined value in that case. AMD actually documents the src=0 behaviour.) I tested on Skylake and Core2, and the bt version works with non-zero garbage in EAX outside of AL.

A neat trick here is using xchg eax,ecx (1 byte) to get the count into CL. Unfortunately, BMI2 shrx eax, edx, eax is 5 bytes, vs. only 2 bytes for shr eax, cl. Using bextr needs a 2-byte mov ah,1 (for the number of bits to extract), so it's again 5 + 2 bytes like SHRX + AND.

The source code has gotten pretty messy after adding %if conditionals. Here's disassembly of x32 implicit-length strings (using the alternate strategy for the bitmap, so it's still 46 bytes).

The main difference from the explicit-length version is in the first loop. Notice how there's a lods before it, and at the bottom, instead of just one at the top of the loop.

    ; 64-bit implicit-length version using the alternate bitmap strategy
00400060 <dennis_like>:
400060:       55                      push   rbp
400061:       89 e5                   mov    ebp,esp
400063:       ac                      lods   al,BYTE PTR ds:[rsi]

00400064 <dennis_like.filter_loop>:
400064:       24 5f                   and    al,0x5f
400066:       2c 41                   sub    al,0x41
400068:       3c 19                   cmp    al,0x19
40006a:       77 0b                   ja     400077 <dennis_like.non_alpha>
40006c:       91                      xchg   ecx,eax
40006d:       b8 ee be ef 03          mov    eax,0x3efbeee  ; inside the loop since SHR destroys it
400072:       d3 e8                   shr    eax,cl
400074:       24 01                   and    al,0x1
400076:       50                      push   rax
00400077 <dennis_like.non_alpha>:
400077:       ac                      lods   al,BYTE PTR ds:[rsi]
400078:       84 c0                   test   al,al
40007a:       75 e8                   jne    400064 <dennis_like.filter_loop>

40007c:       89 ee                   mov    esi,ebp
0040007e <dennis_like.palindrome_loop>:
40007e:       58                      pop    rax
40007f:       83 ee 08                sub    esi,0x8
400082:       32 06                   xor    al,BYTE PTR [rsi]
400084:       75 04                   jne    40008a <dennis_like.non_palindrome>
400086:       39 e6                   cmp    esi,esp
400088:       77 f4                   ja     40007e <dennis_like.palindrome_loop>

0040008a <dennis_like.non_palindrome>:
40008a:       ff c8                   dec    eax  ; invert the 0 / non-zero status of AL.  xor al,1 works too, and produces a proper bool.
40008c:       c9                      leave
40008d:       c3                      ret

0x8e - 0x60 = 0x2e = 46 bytes

• Some tricks I used in Vowels up, consonants down probably apply here, but I haven't yet re-golfed this one. Ideally we could have the interesting bit from the bitmap shifted to bit 7 so we could XOR / JS or JNS without needing and al, 1 anywhere, but that would require the top of the bitmap to extend past 32 bits. – Peter Cordes Mar 23 at 8:04

# Retina, 49 47 45 bytes

\P{L}

i[aeiou]
1
\D
2
+^(.)(.*)\12
^.?$ Try it online! Saved 2 bytes thanks to Neil. Saved another 2 bytes thanks to Martin. Removes non-letters then replaces vowels with 1 and consonants with 2, to get consistent values. Then repeatedly removes the first and last character if they are the same. Once they aren't, the word was symmetric if there are one or zero characters remaining. • Does \D 2 work to save you a couple of bytes over TlL2? – Neil May 28 '17 at 20:42 • @Neil Yes it seems to, nice catch! – FryAmTheEggman May 28 '17 at 21:49 • Well done. I was trying to do this :( – Christopher May 28 '17 at 23:32 # PHP, 82 Bytes <?=strrev($s=preg_replace(["#[^a-z]#i","#[aeiou]#i","#\pL#"],["",0,1],$argn))==$s;


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• You could prepend typecasting (bool) and remove the $s= and the ==$s check to save 1 byte. – kaiser May 29 '17 at 17:33
• If I am not mistaken, you could replace the (bool) with just 0|| to say false, or … instead, saving 3 additional bytes. – kaiser May 29 '17 at 17:35
• Hm. Couldn't you use \w for word characters instead of the a-z? – kaiser May 29 '17 at 17:38
• @kaiser \w contains digits underscore and letters . This will not work and [^/p{L}] is longer as [^a-z] plus i. I compare the reverse string with the string so $s is needed to create the boolean – Jörg Hülsermann May 29 '17 at 18:06 • That is true. Still the others should work. "Should" … they do. – kaiser May 30 '17 at 4:56 # MATL, 14 bytes t3Y2m)13Y2mtP=  Try it at MATL Online. Here is a slightly modified version to check all test cases. Explanation  % Implicitly grab the input as a string % STACK: {'Martin Ender'} t % Duplicate the input % STACK: {'Martin Ender', 'Martin Ender'} 3Y2 % Push the string 'ABC...XYZabc...xyz' % STACK: {'Martin Ender', 'Martin Ender', 'ABC...XYZabc...xyz'} m % Find which characters of the input are letters using this string % STACK: {'Martin Ender', [1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1]} ) % Use this boolean array to select only the letters % STACK: {'MartinEnder'} 13Y2 % Push the string literal 'aeiouAEIOU' to the stack % STACK: {'MartinEnder', 'aeiouAEIOU'} m % Check for membership of each letter of the input in this string. % STACK: {[0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0]} tP % Create a reversed copy % STACK: {[0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0], [0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0]} = % Perform an element-wise comparison yielding a truthy (all 1's) or % falsey (any 0's) result % STACK: {[1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1]} % Implicitly display the result  • You demonstrate it with "Martin Ender" instead of "Dennis"? i have to look at the challenge title again. – Roman Gräf May 28 '17 at 17:36 • Presumably Suever wanted a demonstration that had some amount of filtering at the first step. – Greg Martin May 28 '17 at 19:58 • Then he should use "Alex A." instead, it has a period too. – Erik the Outgolfer May 29 '17 at 7:49 • I'm confused what the issue is. I chose Martin Ender because it would actually be true if you remove spaces and false otherwise. I also included a link to all test cases – Suever May 29 '17 at 12:51 # Haskell, 847574 69 bytes -10 thanks to @nimi -5 thanks to @Zgarb f x=(==)<*>reverse$[elem c"aeiouAEIOU"|c<-x,'@'<c,c<'{',''<c||c<'[']


The list comprehension replaces each letter with a boolean and removes all other characters. The first part checks whether or not the resulting list is a palindrome.

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• Two tips: 1) A list comprehension is often shorten than filter followed by map even if you have to switch to non-poitfree. 2) The <$>id is superfluous. f x=(==)<*>reverse$[elem c"aeiouAEIOU"|c<-x,celem['A'..'Z']++['a'..'z']]. – nimi May 28 '17 at 14:54
• You can drop the space between c and " for one more byte. – nimi May 28 '17 at 16:27
• I think celem['A'..'Z']++['a'..'z'] can be shortened to '@'<c,c<'{',''<c||c<'[' – Zgarb May 29 '17 at 9:49

# Pyth, 18 15 bytes

_I/L"aeiou"@Gr0


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-2 thanks to KarlKastor, and subsequently -1.

• 16 bytes: _I/L"aeiou"@Grz0 (using the invariance operator I) – KarlKastor May 28 '17 at 18:11
• @KarlKastor I knew there had to be some operator like that...thanks. (BTW I can now remove the z too, I will assume quoted input) – Erik the Outgolfer May 28 '17 at 18:38

# Brachylog, 13 bytes

ḷ{∈Ṿg|∈Ḅg}ˢ.↔


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### Explanation

ḷ                Lowercase the input
{       }ˢ.     Select each char if:
∈Ṿg              it's a vowel, and replace it with ["aeiou"]
|             Or
∈Ḅg          it's a consonant, and replace it with ["bcdfghjklkmnpqrstvwxyz"]
.↔    The resulting list is a palindrome


# Alice, 28 bytes

/uia.QN."-e@
\1"lyuy.Ra$i1/o  Try it online! Outputs 1 as truthy and nothing as falsy. ### Explanation Every command in this program executes in ordinal mode, but with a slight twist in the template that allows me to save a byte. If a newline is an acceptable truthy value, I can save one more byte by the same method. Linearized, the program is as follows: 1il.uN."aei ou"ayQy.R-$@1o1@

1                           % Append "1" to top of stack
% STACK: ["1"]
i                          % Push input to stack
% STACK: ["1", "Dennis"]
l                         % Convert to lowercase
% STACK: ["1", "dennis"]
.                        % Duplicate
% STACK: ["1", "dennis", "dennis"]
u                       % Convert to uppercase
% STACK: ["1", "dennis", "DENNIS"]
N                      % Take multiset difference; this removes all non-alphabetic characters
% STACK: ["1", "dennis"]
.                     % Duplicate
% STACK: ["1", "dennis", "dennis"]
"aei ou"             % Push "aei ou"
% STACK: ["1", "dennis", "dennis", "aei ou"]
a             % Push newline
% STACK: ["1", "dennis", "dennis", "aeiou", "\n"]
y            % Transliterate: replace all vowels with newlines
% STACK: ["1", "dennis", "d\nnn\ns"]
Q           % Reverse stack
% STACK: ["d\nnn\ns", "dennis", "1"]
y          % Transliterate: replace remaining characters with "1"
% STACK: ["1\n11\n1"]
.         % Duplicate
% STACK: ["1\n11\n1", "1\n11\n1"]
R        % Reverse top of stack
% STACK: ["1\n11\n1", "1\n11\n1"]
-       % Remove occurrences: for same-length strings, result is "" iff strings are equal.
% STACK: [""]
$% Pop stack, and skip next command if "" @ % Terminate (skipped if c/v pattern is palindromic) 1o % Output "1" 1 % Push "1" (useless) @ % Terminate  # Python 3, 72 71 bytes -1 byte thanks to @ovs def f(s):s=[c in'AEIOU'for c in s.upper()if'@'<c<'['];return s==s[::-1]  Try it online! • def f(s):s=[c in'AEIOU'for c in s.upper()if'@'<c<'['];return s==s[::-1] for 71 bytes – ovs May 28 '17 at 19:06 ## JavaScript (ES6), 72 69 bytes Saved 3 bytes thanks to Neil Returns a boolean. s=>(a=s.match(/[a-z]/gi).map(c=>!/[aeiou]/i.exec(c)))+''==a.reverse()  ### Test cases let f = s=>(a=s.match(/[a-z]/gi).map(c=>!/[aeiou]/i.exec(c)))+''==a.reverse() console.log(f("Dennis")) // -> truthy console.log(f("Martin")) // -> truthy console.log(f("Martin Ender")) // -> truthy console.log(f("Alex")) // -> falsy console.log(f("Alex A.")) // -> truthy console.log(f("Doorknob")) // -> falsy console.log(f("Mego")) // -> falsy • Save a couple of bytes by replacing the 2 empty strings with 2. – Shaggy May 28 '17 at 19:56 • Do you even need the +'' at the end? That would save 3 bytes instead. – Neil May 28 '17 at 20:24 • I like @Neil's idea better! – Shaggy May 28 '17 at 20:45 # Mathematica, 113 bytes PalindromeQ@StringCases[StringReplace[#,{Characters["aeiouAEIOU"]->"1",CharacterRange["A","z"]->"0"}],{"0","1"}]&  • You can get rid of quite a few bytes: PalindromeQ@StringReplace[#,{Characters@"aeiouAEIOU"->"1",LetterCharacter->"0",_->""}]& – Not a tree May 30 '17 at 8:16 # GolfScript, 42 bytes {123,65>.26>6<-?)},{"AEIOUaeiou"?)!}%.-1%=  Try it online! The hard part is generating both the uppercase and lowercase alphabet in one string, which we'll use in a filter function to filter the letters out of the input. Luckily, since strings in GolfScript are just codepoint arrays with a special property, so we can just generate the codepoints in an efficient way. Here's how we generate them: First, we generate range [0..122], 122 being the codepoint for z. Then, we take the elements from the element at index 65 onwards. 65 is the codepoint for A. Right now, we have [65..122]. All fine, except we have some unwanted codepoints ([91..96]) in there. So, we first make a duplicate of that range. Then, we take the elements from index 26 onwards, and we have [91..122]. After that, we get the elements up to and including index 5. Now we have [91..96]. Finally, we remove those elements from our [65..122], leaving us wil [65..90, 97..122]. Those are the codepoints we want. Now that we made the upper/lower alphabet codepoint list, we continue our filtering function. The function gets mapped to each character on the input string, which, as I initially said, gets parsed as its codepoint instead. So now we essentially have [codepoint, [65..90, 97..122]]. To find out if char codepoint is a letter, we simply take its index in the list we made. If it isn't there, we'll get -1 as the index instead. Right now, we get a falsey value only if codepoint == 65, i.e. the first index of our list, since only then would the index be 0. But a single increment will fix this problem, and, now, if codepoint is in our list, we'll get its index + 1, which is always a positive number, thus always truthy, while if it's not there we'll get -1 + 1 = 0, i.e. falsey. We finally apply the function I described to every char of the input, and we only take the chars for which the function returned a truthy result. Next up we have to determine if each char is a vowel or consonant. Since the vowels are fewer than the consonants, creating a string of vowels so that we check for that condition is shorter than creating a string of consonants, so we check if each char is a vowel. But, to check if the boolean list is palindromic, we need booleans, which we don't get just by taking the index + 1, since that can result in any number of [1..10] if the char is a vowel. And, as most golfing languages, this one, doesn't have a bool function either. So, we simply use not not x, since not always returns a boolean. But wait; do we really need to have specific booleans? Since not always returns a boolean, why don't we just remove the second not, and actually check if each char is a consonant? Yeah, that's exactly what we'll do! After the check, which returns a list of booleans, we check if this boolean list we got is a palindrome, which is what this challenge asks us to do. Well, what is the definition of a palindrome? Yes, a palindrome is a list or string which is equal to its reverse. So, how do we check? Simple, we duplicate it, take its reverse, and check against the original list. The result we get is, finally, what our code should return. • Giant explanation for a 42-byte program. Now I guess that it's pretty much self-explanatory... – Erik the Outgolfer May 28 '17 at 20:22 # PHP, 87 bytes Regex free PHP version. Added a "vowel" since stripos can return 0 which is false in PHP. Flaw fixed by Jörg. for(;a&$c=$argn[$p++];)!ctype_alpha($c)?:$s.=stripos(_aeiou,$c)?0:1;echo$s==strrev($s);  Try it online! • Same Byte count. for(;a&$c=$argn[$p++];)ctype_alpha($c)?$s.=stripos(_aeiou,$c)?0:1:0;echo$s==strrev($s); but it get the right result for strings that contains zero – Jörg Hülsermann May 29 '17 at 14:08 • @JörgHülsermann Thank you. – M.E May 29 '17 at 14:24 # q/kdb+, 42 38 bytes Solution: {x~|:[x]}{inter[x;.Q.a]in"aeiou"}lower  Example: q){x~|:[x]}{inter[x;.Q.a]in"aeiou"}lower"Dennis" 1b q){x~|:[x]}{inter[x;.Q.a]in"aeiou"}lower"Adam" 0b q){x~|:[x]}{inter[x;.Q.a]in"aeiou"}lower"Alex A." 1b  Explanation: lower // converts argument on the right to lowercase .Q.a // lowercase alphabet "abc..xyz" inter[x;y] // intersection of x and y (thus only return a-z) x in "aeiou" // returns boolean list whether x is a vowel; "dennis" = 010010b |: // k shorthand for 'reverse'  Edits: • -4 bytes; switching out reverse for k equivalent |: # CJam, 26 bytes lel_'{,97>--"aeiou"fe=_W%=  Try it online! -1 thanks to Esolanging Fruit. • You can replace 26,'af+ with '{,97> to save a byte. – Esolanging Fruit Feb 1 '18 at 5:14 • @EsolangingFruit such an old answer... – Erik the Outgolfer Feb 1 '18 at 12:21 • A byte saved half a year ago is no different than a byte saved now. It's not like there's byte inflation or anything :P – Esolanging Fruit Feb 1 '18 at 16:19 • @EsolangingFruit I was referring to my always developing experience with golfing...of course you got a credit as usual, don't worry! – Erik the Outgolfer Feb 1 '18 at 17:37 # Braingolf, 4 3 bytes &JP  -1 byte thanks to Erik the Outgolfer Turns out I had P all along, even before this challenge. J however, despite being created before this challenge, wasn't pushed to github before the challenge, thus is still non-competing. ### Explanation: &JP Implicit input, push ASCII value of each char in string to stack &J Replace each item in stack with 1 if vowel, otherwise 0 P Pop entire stack, push 1 if stack is palindromic, 0 otherwise Implicit output of last item on stack  • Why do you need n? – Erik the Outgolfer May 30 '17 at 15:05 • @EriktheOutgolfer because I'm a certified moron – Skidsdev May 30 '17 at 15:34 • Hmm, you forgot to remove it from the explanation. – Erik the Outgolfer May 30 '17 at 15:39 • @EriktheOutgolfer I was gunna write "Erick" then strike out the c, but it just looks like "Eriek" – Skidsdev May 30 '17 at 16:02 • Won't this fail for the likes of Alex A.? – Shaggy Feb 1 '18 at 12:39 # Python 2, 83 bytes def f(x):k=map(lambda y:y.lower()in"aeiou",filter(str.isalpha,x));return k==k[::-1]  Defines a function that either gives True or False • You can save 2 bytes by using "aeiouAEIOU".__contains__ instead of lambda y:y.lower()in"aeiou". – Blender May 31 '17 at 8:07 # CJam, 79 bytes First-timer! (I did what I could) r{:X"AEIOUaeiou"#W>{X"BCDFGHJKLMNPQRSTVWXYZbdfghjklmnpqrstvwxyz"#W={'0}&}'1?~}%  Try it online! • Welcome to PP&CG! – Greg Martin May 28 '17 at 19:58 # Python 3, 9287747269 68 bytes l=[c in'aeouiAEOUI'for c in input()if c.isalpha()] print(l==l[::-1])  Try it online! • You can remove the space before the for c in s – user41805 May 28 '17 at 13:23 • And you can remove the s variable by replacing s on the second line to input().lower() – user41805 May 28 '17 at 13:23 # Ruby, 57 bytes ->s{x=s.scan(/\p{L}/).map{|c|c=~/[aeiou]/i};x==x.reverse}  Try it online! # Bash, 82 bytes i=${1//[^a-zA-Z]};a=aeouiAEOUI;b=${i//[$a]/0};c=${b//[!0$a]/1};[ $c = rev<<<$c ]


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Recives name as parameter, removes non-leters, replaces vowels with 0, non-vowels nor 0 with 1 and compares with same reversed.

Could golf some more if can get to work double or triple substitution

Exit status is 0 for true and 1 for no.

# APL (Dyalog Unicode), 3433 24 bytes

≡∘⌽⍨'AEIOU'∊⍨⎕a∩⍨819⌶⍨∘1


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819⌶⍨∘1 uppercase argument

⎕a∩⍨ intersection with uppercase alphabet

'AEIOU'∊⍨ belongs-to-'AEIOU'? resulting in a boolean vector

≡∘⌽⍨ reversed equivalent to self?

• Save a byte with 819⌶⍨∘1 – Adám May 28 '17 at 15:15
• And two with (⊢≡⌽) – Adám May 28 '17 at 15:18
• … but I can solve this in 24. Want any hints? – Adám May 28 '17 at 15:39
• @Adám That ⌶ trick is nice, thanks, got 24 too after over two years – user41805 Jan 30 at 17:31
• In a few of months, you can save another 2 bytes with 819⌶⎕C, or you can go Extended today, and do 819⌶⍨∘1⌈ – Adám Jan 30 at 21:01

read-host|%{[char[]]$_|%{$d=$_-replace'\P{L}'-replace'[aeiou]',0-replace'\D',1;$s="$s$d";$r="$d$r"};$s-eq$r}  # Axiom, 126 bytes g(x)==~member?(x,alphabetic());v(s:String):Boolean==(w:=remove(g,s);a:=[member?(w.r,"aeiouAEIOU")for r in 1..#w];a=reverse(a))  test (8) -> [[i,v(i)] for i in ["Dennis", "Martin", "Martin Ender", "Alex", "Alex A.", "Doorknob", "Mego"]] (8) [["Dennis",true], ["Martin",true], ["Martin Ender",true], ["Alex",false], ["Alex A.",true], ["Doorknob",false], ["Mego",false]] Type: List List Any  ## Pyke, 12 bytes #B)l1~-L{D_q  Try it here! #B) - filter(is_alpha, input) l1 - ^.lower() ~-L{ - ^ - "bcdfghjklmnpqrstvwxyz" D_q - ^ == reversed(^)  # PowerShell, 87 Bytes $s=("$args"-replace '\P{L}'-replace'[aeiou]',0-replace'\D',1);$s-eq(-join($s[-1..-99]))  Get a copy of the string where vowels are 0 and consonants are 1, with all special chars removed, compare that string to a reversed version joined back to a string Output: PS C:\Users\Connor> "Dennis","Martin","Martin Ender","Alex","Alex A.","Doorknob","Mego" | % {$s=("$_"-replace '\P{L}'-replace'[aeiou]',0-replace'\D',1);$s-eq(-join(\$s[-1..-99]))
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