Questions tagged [code-challenge]

A code challenge is a competition for creative ways to solve a programming puzzle with an objective winning criterion not covered by other scoring tags (e.g. code-golf).

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Flow of materials from A to B with constraint [closed]

I have been struggling with this problem and haven't been able to figure out the solution. By solution, I mean the problem modelling, defining and structuring it, and then writing a program to solve ...
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Cut the gold chain

A traveler needs to stay for n days in a hotel outside town. He is out of cash and his credit card is expired. But he has a gold chain with n links. The rule in this hotel is that residents should ...
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An OEIS polyglot

This is an answer-chaining challenge relating to the OEIS. Oh, the justification for this is because a company needs one program to print out their OEIS sequences real bad and they have every ...
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Generate Aheui Number

Make a Number Expression is related : actually, it is also about Aheui. But it just made number expression, but this made real Aheui code. Aheui is esolang written in only Korean character. Because ...
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Self-displaying image [closed]

Background There are self-extracting .ZIP files. Typically they have the extension .EXE (and by executing the file they will be ...
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Make Plan 9 Cat Turing Complete in as Few Bytes as Possible [closed]

Your task is to modify the original Plan 9 cat tool for UNIX, in order to make it a fully turing complete language interpreter. You may make use of ANSI escape codes and the backspace character (\x08) ...
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Generate ladder of integers using the least number of unique characters (in C++)

I am new to the sport of code golf. I am trying to generate a ladder of integers using the least number of unique characters in C++. Let's say we are given an integer 4. We will generate the ...
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Output the ŋarâþ crîþ alphabet song without using (m)any letters

Your goal is to write a program that takes no input and outputs the following text: ...
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Can a neural network recognize primes?

Background Recognizing primality seems like a poor fit for (artificial) neural networks. However, the universal approximation theorem states that neural networks can approximate any continuous ...
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Output the Missing Character [duplicate]

When writing a programm 1 missing character can ruin everything, wouldn't it be great if the programm told you what was missing ? Task: Create any (non Empty) programm, that takes no input and ...
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Find efficient seating arrangement in a line [closed]

We have X Girls and Y Boys in a class. If more girls sit together they will not behave. Similarly if more boys sit together they will not behave. Write a program/algorithm to get maximum same gender ...
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Words hidden in my phone number [closed]

Telephones in the United States (and perhaps some other places) have letters associated with some of the numbers. ...
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Convert ASCII art numbers to integers

Inspired by this game Challenge: Given an ASCII art string representing a number, output that number. Example: ...
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ASCII Maze Compression

Challenge Design a compression algorithm specialized for compressing ASCII mazes. You will need to create both a compression algorithm and a decompression algorithm. Your score will be based on the ...
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Source permutation

A permutation of a set \$S = \{s_1, s_2, \dotsc, s_n\}\$ is a bijective function \$\pi: S \to S\$. For example, if \$S = \{1,2,3,4\}\$ then the function \$\pi: x \mapsto 1 + (x + 1 \mod 4)\$ is a ...
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45 degree quine [closed]

A very simple golf this time, but should be fun to do. Challenge Output your code, but rotated 45 (or -45) degrees. E.g: lorem ipsum dolor sit amet becomes <...
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A nasty little memory leak

Below Python code generates memory leak. Challenge: Fix the memory leak with minimal changes to the code as measured by Levenshtein distance to the original code. You may only change the code before ...
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Eww, those bytes are gross

Write a program or function that, when given a string, filters out as many distinct bytes as it can and returns the cleaned string. However, since your program hates them, none of these bytes can be ...
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How fast can I say your program?

I recently decided to download some dictation software, in order to help with my writing. However, it doesn't work very well when I'm coding, since I have to change from saying words to symbols and ...
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Meta-bowling Golf

Your task is to create the shortest program (A) that outputs another program (B) with the most unique bytes, which in turn outputs the original program (A). Essentially, you are golfing one half of a ...
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Write the longest period iterating quine bounded by 500 bytes

Your job is to create the longest period iterating quine, where the length of each program in the sequence is bounded by 500 bytes. That is, if you repeat the following steps: Start with your ...
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The real treasure was the numbers we made along the way

Your task is to write a program, function or snippet (yes, snippets are allowed) that simply outputs an integer. However, you must be able to separate your submission into prefixes that also produce ...
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determine if the circle is boxed in [closed]

Pretty simple challenge here. Who can make the fastest algorithm (lowest time complexity) to determine whether or not the circle is "boxed in" given the following setup? Input: Your program receives ...
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Superpermutations

Introduction You're a criminal tasked with stealing some secret plans from the new tech startup Dejavu. You sneak in over the back wall, but find a door that requires a pin to open it. You recognize ...
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Plight of the Concorde

Background The traveling salesman problem (TSP) asks for the shortest circuit that visits a given collection of cities. For the purposes of this question, the cities will be points in the plane and ...
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A Multipurpose Quine

I personally love quines, but they all seem to be so... static. So why not create a quine that can do more. Challenge The challenge here is to create a quine that without any sort of input is a ...
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No-alphanumeric code exec

Introduction In most interpreted languages, there is an operation that will run code generated at runtime. It generally requires alphanumeric characters to refer to this operation. Write a program, ...
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Min-Max GHC command line error bytes to bytes of source code

GHC command line errors can be horrible, lets make them as bad as possible. To disincentivize very long programs use the following formula to calculate your "score". ...
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Pumping quine radix

Inspired (you don't need to know them for this challenge) by the Pumping Lemma for various languages, I propose the following challenge: choose some basis \$B \geq 2\$ and an integer \$n \geq 0\$ ...
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Optimizing swiping across a 1D keyboard

This is a code-challenge with a custom scoring system, where the lowest score wins. Introduction Many smartphones allow to enter text by swiping your finger across the 2D virtual keyboard. This ...
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“As we travel the universe…”

You'll be given the name of one of the 20 biggest objects in the Solar System. Your task is to return an approximation of its radius, expressed in kilometers. This is a code-challenge where your ...
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Sort a list, poorly

Don't you hate it when you're trying to roughly sort a list based on user data, but you have to poll the user for thousands of comparisons? Hate no more, because the answers to this challenge are (...
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Most Populated WordSearch

Write a program to generate a rectangular word-search of size 8x12. Words may go downwards, rightwards and diagonally (downwards and to the right), they may also overlap on the board. The challenge ...
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Golf some ones, and a program too [closed]

Introduction Busy Beavers are programs (specifically Turing Machine programs) that aim to output the most ones as possible, while having the least states as possible and halting. Challenge Your ...
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Transformers in Disguise (Cops' Thread)

The robber's thread is here The cops task is to write a function or program that, when given an input of itself, outputs a finite deterministic string. If the program is given a different input, it ...
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Print the Lost numbers

As a big fan of the Lost TV series, I always got intrigued by the sequence of numbers that repetitively appears on the episodes. These numbers are: \$ 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42\$ (A104101) Using any ...
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A “Sorting” algorithm

There is a "sorting algorithm" sometimes called Stalin sort in which in order to sort a list you simply remove elements from the list until it is sorted in increasing order. For example the list <...
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Maximize Sudoku King's tour

Background Sudoku is a number puzzle where, given an \$ n \times n \$ grid divided into boxes of size \$ n \$, each number of \$ 1 \$ to \$ n \$ should appear exactly once in each row, column and box....
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Blind Random Sort

Here's a pretty common pattern for sorting algorithms: ...
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Send the pairs in smallest output

Write two programs A and B. Program A (the encoder) takes 1024 pairs of integers \$(k,v)\$, where \$0≤k<2^{32}\$ and \$0≤v<1024\$, and all \$k\$ will be different. It will output a single ...
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Describe a 2D Bitmap Using Filled Rectangle Mapping

Idea: Consider a 2-bit bitmap of arbitrary side-lengths overlaid on a coordinate grid and imaged with random data (1's represent an element of the image, 0's represent the "blank" canvas background):...
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Meeting splitter

Introduction Large meetings waste working time. Our aim is to split a large meeting into a number of smaller meetings, so the average number topics that a person discusses is minimized but every ...
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Longest Increasing Substring

Given a list of positive integers, write code that finds the length of longest contiguous sub-list that is increasing (not strictly). That is the longest sublist such that each element is greater ...
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Rubik-sorting a matrix (a.k.a. the torus puzzle)

The idea for this code-challenge is simple: given a matrix of integers, let's sort it by applying Rubik-style movements. This means that you can select a single row or column and rotate its elements ...
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Encode - Shuffle - Decode

Challenge Your task is to encode an integer as a string of ASCII characters, then successfully decode it after said string has been randomly shuffled. You will write two programs/functions, which ...
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Counting Squares

We've all seen the pictures captioned "How many squares are in this image? 98% will not get this right!" Well, here's your chance to laugh at that 98%. Input A rectangular block made of only 2 ...
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Removing points from a triangular array without losing triangles

I have a combinatorics problem that I'd like to put on the OEIS—the problem is that I don't have enough terms. This code challenge is to help me compute more terms, and the winner will be the user ...
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Build a Markdown bomb [closed]

I'm sure most of us have heard of zip bombs and similar decompression bomb tricks, where a maliciously crafted input creates a massively disproportionate output. We even had a question on here to do ...
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Get the lowest possible pylint score within 128 bytes of python

pylint has no lower bound on the scores it will give your code. It uses the following metric to score code, with the maximum score being 10: ...
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Everyone Ought to Have a Friend

An isolated character is a character (other than a newline) that doesn't have an adjacent character of the same type. Adjacent characters can be to the left, the right above or below, but not ...