# Negate a number

You are to accept, on standard input, one number. You will then output the negation of that number. Your code will do nothing else. You may accept various formats if you wish (like "one" or ("uno+2.4e10i"). You may also output it how ever you wish. Note that these formats mush have existed somewhere on the internet before this question. The thing you can't do is use the same 6 character sequence twice in your code. Also, if any set of characters can be removed, and your code still functions the same, they must be removed (no making huge useless strings, since they could just be removed.)

This is code bowling, so the answer with the most characters wins!

Note: In case you were wondering, negation means "multiply by negative one." The representation of the numbers is up to you, but the meaning of negation is not.

• Do you mean negation as in 8 -> -8 or negation as in 0100 -> 1011? Jun 13, 2014 at 2:04
• This SO Q&A suggests that, in general, ~x = -x - 1, which is not the same thing as what you state. You need to clarify this, what exactly do you mean by negation. Jun 13, 2014 at 2:16
• I thought the bit complement was negation. Apparently not. Jun 13, 2014 at 2:28
• About the "if any set of characters can be removed": does that only apply to consecutive characters or really any set of characters? Jun 13, 2014 at 7:06
• I retract my previous comment. This is actually a nice challenge; it's just very difficult to figure out whether a given solution is valid or not. All ideas I had to trivialize it were doomed to failure. Jun 16, 2014 at 4:58

# CJam, 278,548 characters

Stack Exchange has a 30,000 character limit, so I've uploaded my code to Google Drive.

The online interpreter chokes when decoding the lookup tables (Maximum call stack size exceeded), so I suggest using the standard interpreter (requires Java).

### I/O

Input should be an integer (in whatever format CJam understands). Output is in British English.

$cjam negate.cjam <<< 9990001 negative nine million nine hundred and ninety thousand and one$ cjam negate.cjam <<< -1001000000
one milliard and one million
0

### How it works

Sadly, both lists repeat the same 6 character sequences over and over again, so I had to encode them in a way that would avoid those repeated sequences. The following CJam code accomplishes that task:

q
2G#b
94b
{32+}%
{c}%
" !\"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\\]^_abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}" "}|{zyxwvutsrqponmlkjihgfedcba_^]~[ZYXWVUTSRQPONMLKJIHGFEDCBA@?>=<;:9876543210/.-,+*)('&%$#
! "
er

It reads the list from STDIN (q), converts the resulting string into a base 65536 number (2G#b), converts the resulting integer into an array by considering it a base 94 number (94b), adds 32 to each integer in the array ({32+}%) to avoid unprintable characters, converts the array into a string ({c}%) and performs a character transliteration ("…""…"er) to get rid of characters that require escaping. This required a little trial-and-error; the natural choice (95b) resulted in repeated sequences.

The final code does the following:

{                             " Define a decoding function for the lists.               ";
"…""…"er{32-}%94b2G#b{c}%   " Perform the steps from above in reverse order.          ";
"
"/                          " Split the result by linefeeds.                          ";
}:D;

"…":H;"…":P;                  " Store the encoded lists in variables.                   ";

q~                            " Interpret the input from STDIN.                         ";
__                            " Duplicate twice.                                        ";
0<!{}{-1*}?                   " If the input is negative, multiply the last copy by -1. ";
_                            " Stringify and duplicate the last copy.                  ";
,3%3\-"0"*\+                  " Prepend 0's to make the string length a multiple of 3.  ";
3/-1%                         " Split into string of three characters and reverse.      ";
-1:C;                         " Initialize variable C to -1. ";
{                             " For each substring:                                     ";
~                           " Interpret it (i.e., cast to integer).                   ";
H=_                         " Retrieve the correspond English number from H.          ";
'z'e'r"o"+++=               " Push 1 if the number is zero.                           ";
C):C;                       " Increment C.                                            ";
{;}{" "+CP=+}?              " Remove 0 or append the corresponding modifier from P.   ";
}%
-1%_                          " Reverse the array and duplicate it.                     ";
,1>                           " If the array has more than one element…                 ";
{
)_"and"/,1=                 " …and the last element doesn't contain the string 'and'… ";
'a'n'd" "+++*\+a+           " …prepend the  string 'and ' to it.                      ";
}{_,0={H0=a+}*}?              " If the array is empty, replace it with [ 'zero' ].      ";
\0>                           " If the input was positive,                              ";
{
'n'e'g'a't'i'v"e"+++++++a\+ " prepend the string 'negative'.                          ";
}{}?
" "*                          " Join the array of strings with spaces.                  ";
"
"                             " Append a linefeed.                                      ";
• Do you think you could explain how you made this? Jun 16, 2014 at 14:15
• @PyRulez: I've edited my answer. Jun 16, 2014 at 18:53

# Tcl, 1073741823 (1G-1 bytes, cheating)

This is (obviously) cheating. It can be even larger in some languages like Bash, which doesn't load the whole program when it starts. Tcl runs very slow at starting, and finally refuses to run the program if the file size is about 2147483647 bytes or more.

set b binary
$b scan [$b format i [expr {[gets stdin]-1^3+[file size $argv0]*4}]] i a puts$a
exit
#!!!!!#"!!!!#%!!!!#&!!!!#'!!!!#(!!!!#)!!!!#*!!!!#+!!!!#,!!!!#-!!!!#.!!!!#/!!!!#0!!!!#1!!!!#2!!!!#3!!!!#4!!!!#5!!!!#6!!!!#7!!!!#8!!!!#9!!!!#:!!!!#<!!!!#=!!!!#>!!!!#?!!!!#@!!!!#A!!!!#B!!!!#C!!!!#D!!!!#E!!!!#F!!!!#G!!!!#H!!!!#I!!!!#J!!!!#K!!!!#L!!!!#M!!!!#N!!!!#O!!!!#P!!!!#Q!!!!#R!!!!#S!!!!#T!!!!#U!!!!#V!!!!#W!!!!#X!!!!#Y!!!!#Z!!!!#[!!!!#^!!!!#_!!!!#!!!!#a!!!!#b!!!!#c!!!!#d!!!!#e!!!!#f!!!!#g!!!!#h!!!!#i!!!!#j!!!!#k!!!!#l!!!!#m!!!!#n!!!!#o!!!!#p!!!!#q!!!!#r!!!!#s!!!!#t!!!!#u!!!!#v!!!!#w!!!!#x!!!!#y!!!!#z!!!!#{!!!!#|!!!!#~!!!!#!"!!!#""!!!#%"!!!#&"!!!#'"!!!#("!!!#)"!!!#*"!!!#+"!!!#,"!!!#-"!!!#."!!!#/"!!!#0"!!!#1"!!!#2"!!!#3"!!!#4"!!!#5"!!!#6"!!!#7"!!!#8"!!!#9"!!!#:"!!!#<"!!!#="!!!#>"!!!#?"!!!#@"!!!#A"!!!#B"!!!#C"!!!#D"!!!#E"!!!#F"!!!#G"!!!#H"!!!#I"!!!#J"!!!#K"!!!#L"!!!#M"!!!#N"!!!#O"!!!#P"!!!#Q"!!!#R"!!!#S"!!!#T"!!!#U"!!!#V"!!!#W"!!!#X"!!!#Y"!!!#Z"!!!#["!!!#^"!!!#_"!!!#"!!!#a"!!!#b"!!!#c"!!!#
(...1073740323 more bytes...)
|%#m+Y|%#n+Y|%#o+Y|%#p+Y|%#q+Y|%#r+Y|%#s+Y|%#t+Y|%#u+Y|%#v+Y|%#w+Y|%#x+Y|%#y+Y|%#z+Y|%#{+Y|%#|+Y|%#~+Y|%#!,Y|%#",Y|%#%,Y|%#&,Y|%#',Y|%#(,Y|%#),Y|%#*,Y|%#+,Y|%#,,Y|%#-,Y|%#.,Y|%#/,Y|%#0,Y|%#1,Y|%#2,Y|%#3,Y|%#4,Y|%#5,Y|%#6,Y|%#7,Y|%#8,Y|%#9,Y|%#:,Y|%#<,Y|%#=,Y|%#>,Y|%#?,Y|%#@,Y|%#A,Y|%#B,Y|%#C,Y|%#D,Y|%#E,Y|%#F,Y|%#G,Y|%#H,Y|%#I,Y|%#J,Y|%#K,Y|%#L,Y|%#M,Y|%#N,Y|%#O,Y|%#P,Y|%#Q,Y|%#R,Y|%#S,Y|%#T,Y|%#U,Y|%#V,Y|%#W,Y|%#X,Y|%#Y,Y|%#Z,Y|%#[,Y|%#^,Y|%#_,Y|%#,Y|%#a,Y|%#b,Y|%#c,Y|%#d,Y|%#e,Y|%#f,Y|%#g,Y|%

It computes the result with its own file size. So deleting anything will change the behavior.

The above program is generated by the C++ program below.

#include<fstream>
#include<string>
#include<cstring>

std::ofstream f("a.tcl");
const long long size = 0x3fffffffLL;

const std::string init = "set b binary\n"
"$b scan [$b format i [expr {[gets stdin]-1^3+[file size $argv0]*4}]] i a\n" "puts$a\n"
"exit\n";
const std::string charset = "!\"%&'()*+,-./0123456789:<=>?@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|~";
const int ncharset = 88;

int main() {
f<<init;
long long p = init.length();

int b[5] = {};
char ch[6] = "!!!!!";

while(p < size) {
f<<"#";
p++;
if(size-p > 5) {
f.write(ch, 5);
p += 5;
}
else {
f.write(ch, size-p);
break;
}
int i=0;
while(b[i] == ncharset-1) {
ch[i] = charset[b[i]=0];
i++;
}
ch[i] = charset[++b[i]];
}
f<<std::flush;
return 0;
}

The 7-zipped version of the complete program has only 18MB. Maybe I can upload it somewhere if someone request for it.

I chose Tcl because it has only a small number of special characters. So I could be sure one cannot implement the same functionality by selecting some characters not to delete. I guess Lisp is better on this.

• (new to code bowling) Why is this cheating? May 26, 2017 at 6:48

## C# 865

Uses DateTime parsing since a negative will throw an exception. Since Console was already used the answer is output to a Form. Also C# has string and String object.

Edit: removed some duplicate char sequences.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Globalization;
namespace Golf
{
class Code
{
String num;
bool isPos;
Code() { }
void In()
{
}

void Out()
{
try
{
DateTime.Parse(this.num);
isPos = true;
}
catch (Exception)//if negative throw exception
{
isPos = false;
}
int res;
double pi = Math.PI;
if(Int32.TryParse(num, out res))
{
res = (int)((isPos) ? Math.Cos(pi) * res : Math.Sin(3 * pi / 2) * res);
}

Form f = new Form();
Label l = new Label();
l.Text = res.ToString();