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Code-golf is a competition to solve a particular problem in the fewest bytes of source code.

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196 algorithm code golf

Write a short program for 196-algorithm. The algorithm starts from an integer, then adds its reverse to it until a palindrome is reached. e.g. ...
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Shortest path in a graph

Write a program to take a graph (from either standard input or a file, your choice) and find a shortest path in the graph. Graphs are specified using the following format: ...
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Compress programs

Write a program/script that decompresses and passes any compressed data appended at the end of the binary/file as standard input to a program specified as arguments. ...
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Write a compressing util for gzip files

The task of this challenge is as following: Write a program that reads a file of reasonable size (let's say <16 MB) from stdin or anywhere else (however you like, but must not be hardcoded), and ...
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Tips for golfing in C++

What general tips do you have for golfing in C++? I'm looking for ideas that can be applied to code golf problems in general that are at least somewhat specific to C++ (e.g. "remove comments" is not ...
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Morse code translator

Write the shortest program to transform the standard input into Morse code. Characters not in the table should be printed as they are.
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Poisson random number generator [closed]

What is the shortest function (implemented in C) that will return a random draw from a Poisson distribution (given the mean or λ parameter)? ...
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Test if a given number is a Vampire Number [duplicate]

EDIT: In the interest of increasing the complexity, i've added more to the challenge. In mathematics, a vampire number (or true vampire number) is a composite natural number v, with an even ...
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Tree traversal. [closed]

Write the shortest code that traverses a tree, breadth-first. Input any way you like Output a list of "names" of the nodes in correct order.
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Sum of primes between given range

Write the shortest code for finding the sum of primes between \$a\$ and \$b\$ (inclusive). Input \$a\$ and \$b\$ can be taken from command line or stdin (space seperated) Assume \$1 \le a \le b \le ...
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Obfuscated FizzBuzz Golf [closed]

Create the shortest possible obfuscated FizzBuzz implementation. To be considered obfuscated, it should satisfy at least one of the following: Does not contain any of the words "Fizz", "Buzz", or "...
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Fibonacci function or sequence

The Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers, where every number in the sequence is the sum of the two numbers preceding it. The first two numbers in the sequence are both 1. Here are the first ...
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Interpret brainf***

Write the shortest program in your favourite language to interpret a brainfuck program. The program is read from a file. Input and output are standard input and standard output. Cell size: 8bit ...
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Reimplementing square root [duplicate]

Define a function, s, which takes a number and returns the square root. No use of library functions, such as Java's Math.sqrt() or PHP's built in sqrt(), allowed.
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Golf you a quine for great good!

Using your language of choice, golf a quine. A quine is a non-empty computer program which takes no input and produces a copy of its own source code as its only output. No cheating -- that means ...
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Tips for golfing in Python

What general tips do you have for golfing in Python? I'm looking for ideas which can be applied to code-golf problems and which are also at least somewhat specific to Python (e.g. "remove comments" is ...
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Angle between the hands on a clock [duplicate]

Given the time in 24 hour format (2359 = 11:59pm) return the angle between the minute and hour hands on a standard clock (on the ...
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The Luhn algorithm for verifying credit card numbers, etc

Challenge Write the shortest program or function to calculate the Luhn Algorithm for verifying (credit card) numbers. Luhn algorithm explained From RosettaCode, this algorithm for the purposes of ...
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Hamming numbers

Hamming numbers are numbers which evenly divide a power of 60. Equivalently, their prime factors are all \$ \le 5 \$. Given a positive integer, print that many Hamming numbers, in order. Rules: Input ...
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ROT-13 transform standard input

Task Read a string of characters and produce the ROT13 of it. All characters besides [a-zA-Z] should be output verbatim. Each letter in the output may be in any ...
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Code Golf Christmas Edition: How to print out a Christmas tree of height N

Given a number N, how can I print out a Christmas tree of height N using the least number of code characters? ...
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