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Questions tagged [kolmogorov-complexity]

Kolmogorov complexity, informally, is the amount of code it takes to describe or produce a constant object, such as a string or image. When posting a challenge in this category, please make sure it adds something new to existing challenges.

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Display a clock face

Display the 12 numbers on a clock face exactly like this: ...
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Belarus rushnyk

We've got quite a few national flag challenges already: AU CH FI FR GB GB IS KR NP US... Here's another, somewhat more advanced one: Return or print the decorative pattern from Belarus's national ...
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Alpha-Numerical Bowtie

Output this exact text: ...
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Generate a deck of cards

Here's an array representing a standard deck of cards, including two Jokers. ...
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Beginners 10x10 multiplication matrix [duplicate]

I was looking for a very easy task to look how short of a code can be produced on a beginners exercise. The goal is to produce a simple table that looks like this common java/c# code is about 4 lines....
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Orthodiagonal steps

It's a common problem to navigate in a 2D matrix. We've seen it many times and will see again. So let's help future us and develop the shortest solutions to generate all eight possible steps in a 2D ...
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Golf a bit-reversal table [duplicate]

The Premise: You are writing a C driver for a screen for use on an embedded system. The screen uses a tortured version of SPI that requires data to be sent LSb (least-significant-bit) first, but MSB (...
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You must construct ASCII Pylons!

Cross posted from my anagolf post (note: may contain spoilers, post mortem). Output the following text exactly. You may have additional trailing whitespace on each line, and trailing newlines as ...
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Race Around the Track

I'm looking to find the fastest racer around. Show me your fastest lap around this 18x14 track shown below. ...
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find the pattern in this number sequence of 1's and 0's

Write the shortest program or function which generates these 1000 numbers or a sequence (0- or 1-indexed) which begins with them. ...
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99 Varieties of Dosa

99 Varieties of Dosa is a popular chain of roadside dosa stalls across South India. This is inspired by a combination of this chain and the classic CodeGolf challenge "99 Bottles of Beer". Recreate ...
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The house that Jack built [duplicate]

So, there's a famous children's rhyme... ...
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Yet another “draw a box” Question [duplicate]

The following problem is a common interview question, thus dull answers are discouraged. Go short or creative, best if both: Create the following pattern ...
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Fizz Buzz with unique characters in columns

Inspired by Digits in their lanes and 1, 2, Fizz, 4, Buzz Introduction Your task is to generate exactly the following output: ...
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The next colour

Challenge Consider the rainbow as seven colours, represented by strings as Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet. Your task is to create a program that ...
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Which Card is it?

Introduction Long ago, when I used to code card games with usual playing cards, I used to specify a number for each card and call a function with some number to get a card. This somewhat inspired me ...
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Make a hammer animation

The goal is to make a two frame animation with ASCII art of a hammer smacking a table. Trailing white-space is allowed and the frames need to repeat continuously. The program should iterate over both ...
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Golf the Chinese 9*9 multiple table

Output the following table: ...
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Left Hand vs. Right Hand — Typists Challenge

Your task is to pit each side of the keyboard against each other and build two programs, in the same language, one using only keys on the left-hand side of a standard keyboard that outputs ...
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Create a Magic 8 Ball

As a child, my friend had a magic 8 ball that we would ask questions to and see what the fate of that question was. Challenge Your challenge is to write a program (or function) that when run (or ...
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Hast Thou Slain the Jabberwock?

Your task is to output the exact string The Jabberwocky without taking input. Normal rules for input and output apply, so both functions and programs are ...
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Continued Fraction of Digit-wise Sum of Square Roots

Introduction Your task is to generate the first 1000 terms in the continued fraction representation of digit-wise sum of square root of 2 and square root of 3. In other words, produce exactly the ...
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Print the numbers -1, 0, 1 [duplicate]

This is a very simple challenge, and it is to print the numbers -1, 0, and 1. The following ...
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Print “Hey Jude” from The Beatles

Your task is to write a program which prints following four verses extracted from the lyrics from The Beatles' song "Hey Jude" (© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC): ...
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Kolmogorov shifter

Output or display the following three lines of text, exactly as they are shown below. A trailing newline is accepted. ...
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A Zealous “Quick Brown Fox” “Jumped” Along the Groovy Spiral

Introduction Write a program to output the outgoing spiral of the famous pangram following given rules. Challenge A pangram is a sentence using every letter of a given alphabet at least once. One ...
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Falcon Heavy stages

Choose a set of four bytes without replacement (i.e. no byte repeated), and not necessarily in any particular order, from any one of the following four sets: The characters of any one single-byte ...
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The Programming Language Quiz, Mark II - Cops

A repost of this challenge. Meta discussion. Sandbox post. Body of the question similar to the original Robber's challenge This cops and robbers is now (08/03/2018) closed to further competing cop ...
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List all palindromic prime dates between 0000-01-01 and 99999-12-31

You know what a palindrome, a prime and a date are. Your task is to list all dates in 100 thousands of years that fulfill all three characteristics. Nevermind anything but the numbers, use the ...
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Confusing Alphabet Staircase

Given no input, output this interesting alphabet pattern in either case (the case has to be consistent) via an accepted output method: A AB ACBC ADBDCD AEBECEDE AFBFCFDFEF AGBGCGDGEGFG AHBHCHDHEHFHGH ...
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Traffic direction

Rules Given an ISO3166-1-Alpha-2 country code your task is to decide on the traffic direction for that country: Input will be a valid country code (valid as in it's an element of the two lists ...
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Print the alphabet Christmas tree [duplicate]

I know it's 1.5 weeks after Christmas but trying to print an isosceles triangle in a monospaced font makes it look weird. Challenge Print the alphabet from A to Z so that it forms a filled triangle ...
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A Programming Puzzle of Mode Golf

Your task is to print the text Good morning, Green orb!, with every character repeated in place as many times as the most frequent byte in your source (the mode). ...
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Exponential-ish number sequence

Your program must print out this exact sequence: 1 2 4 10 24 54 116 242 496 1006 2028 4074 8168 16358 32740 65506 131040 262110 NOPE! As usual, shortest program ...
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Draw an ASCII key signature

Given an input of a note, output an ASCII drawing of the corresponding major key on the treble clef. Here are all the major keys (that don't include double-sharps or double-flats) and their ...
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Mirrored Digital Clock

Many digital clocks display the time using simplified digits comprised of only seven different lights that are either on or off: When mirrored horizontally, the digits ...
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A very long Terza Rima

Description Output the rhyme scheme for a very long Terza Rima. Input None. Output ...
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Output the language name times the number of characters [closed]

Challenge: Your task is to use any language to output that language's name times the number of character's in its name. Use the common name or acronym of the language. If there are multiple ...
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Unicode Fractions

Given a fraction in the format m/n (where m and n are coprime integers), output the corresponding Unicode fraction. Your program/function will not be expected to ...
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Electron Configuration

In atomic physics and quantum chemistry, the electron configuration is the distribution of electrons of an atom in atomic orbitals. For example, the electron configuration of the neon atom is 1s2 2s2 ...
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Iterated phi sequence

Related: Iterated phi(n) function. Your challenge is to compute the iterated phi function: f(n) = number of iterations of φ for n to reach 1. Where ...
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Print me a scale

Oh no! I have a theory test soon and I don't remember the scales yet! Help me remember my major scales by printing the following: ...
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Coffee Machine Machine

You left your computer for too long, and it went to sleep. Wake it up again by printing the following coffee maker. ...
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Scoop me an icecream please

Make me an icecream cone please We have a ton of great ice cream places here in New England. Most of them are closed for the winter now, so... ...
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The thousand character classic

Background The Thousand Character Classic is a chinese poem written around the 4th Century CE in China, and memorized by large populations since then. The name comes from not only its length, but its ...
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Reversed Engineered from Uniqueness (Robber's Thread)

Given the output of the cop's program (o), the byte-count (n) and the number of unique bytes (...
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Alphabet Staircase

The Challenge Your task is to create a program or function that outputs the following with no input: ...
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Demonstrate a lower bound for the Ramsey number R(4,4)

A special case of Ramsey's theorem says the following: whenever we color the edges of the complete graph on 18 vertices red and blue, there is a monochromatic clique of size 4. In language that ...
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8 8's make 1000

Print the following output of a happy coincidence addition pattern: 8 8 8 88 +888 ---- 1000 Rules: No leading spaces except the ones already present ...
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Confirm the Illuminati

The Illuminati commands you (with their mind control) to output the following string: ...