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#WEEKLY Challenge #2 Submission
MrEconomical (2188)



In my old solution, I tried to balance efficiency as well as golfing which I quickly realized was not a good idea, which is why I have created a new golfed solution using ESMIN which focuses only on golfing and not efficiency (77 characters). You can run this golfed solution here:*R)%E2%93%9C%7BD%3D%C9%B1.abs(R-%24)%2CA%3D!A%E2%8B%8E(%24%E2%89%94(%24%C3%9F)%E1%B4%99)%E2%85%8BD%3CA%5B0%5D)%3F%5BD%2C%24%5D%3AA%7D%3BA%5B1%5D (Markdown is weird just copy paste the entire link)

Description of OLD SOLUTION

All jokes aside, this was a very interesting weekly challenge and I am pretty proud of how my solution works, in addition to it being golfed and completely unintelligable.

We can break this problem down into two parts: adding up the number of digits and then finding the closest palindrome to that number.

The first part of the problem is easy; you can simply group the numbers from 0 to n by # digits, such as those that have 1 digit, those that have 2 digits, and then add them all up. You can do this by iterating from 0 to the floor of the log base 10 of the number and then multiplying the corresponding number 10 ** i + 1, i.e. 10 one digit numbers (0 - 9), 91 two digit numbers (10 - 99) and so on. Then, we need to add the "extra" bit we got rid of when taking the floor of the log. This is simple, just take the number of digits and multiply by the numbers between the last power of 10 and n: (n - 10 ** i) * (i + 1).

The code that performs part 1 of the problem:


The second part of the problem is also rather simple. Once we have the sum of digits, we can generate the closest palindrome. Consider the number abcde. We can generate a palindrome by repeating half of the number, such as abcba or edcde. It is always much better to repeat the first half of the number for generating a palindrome close to our number as we do not overwrite the larger front digits. However, we must also check the cases in which there are zeroes in the number or a 9 in the middle. For example, consider the number 10999: here, the best course of action is not repeating the front to produce 10901 but rather 11011. In order to account for these cases, we can simply increment and decrement the middle digit by 1 if 9 or 0 and handle the carry operations as needed.

Code for finding closest palindrome:


For negative numbers as an input, all you need to do is take the absolute value as the problem is symmetric on both sides of 0.

ThatSmart (89)

Your code returns 0 for zero, but it should return 1, you silly goose.
Also Math.log10(10) is 1, so you need to check for zero, floor it, then add 1, which I don't think you do here.

ThatSmart (89)

@ThatSmart well you did actually floor, but the zero case is still wrong.

AmazingMech2418 (830)

Nice job! Yours actually seems to work quite a bit like mine, just yours is 357 characters while mine is 500...

AmazingMech2418 (830)

Update: Mine is now 357 characters as well...

CoolJames1610 (561)

I typed 14 and it gave me 22 while 11 is three behind :/

CodingCactus (3035)

@CoolJames1610 no, that is not what the challenge is, you need to add the number of digits up between 0 and the number, so for 14, it is:
the digits between 0-9, which is 10, then you have 4 2-digit numbers, which then adds to 8, so you then fins the nearest palindrome to 18, which is 22

CoolJames1610 (561)

oh yeah i know. i got confused becos of that lol @CodingCactus

DynamicSquid (3220)

Umm... well, that's certainly one way to do it... I mean like... well you know, the important thing is that you write code how you're comfortable xD

MrEconomical (2188)

@DynamicSquid im writing an explanation rn will update the post in a bit ;)

DynamicSquid (3220)

@MrEconomical umm... I think an explanation won't really be needed for this type of code... maybe try... whitespaces? :)

mathmaniac88 (21)

@DynamicSquid Its not the code man. its the concepts ;)

DynamicSquid (3220)

@codecademy123 well, you can't really understand the concepts if the code looks like it was squished between two tectonic plates

mathmaniac88 (21)

@DynamicSquid ¯_(ツ)_/¯ The code is the concrete portion. The explanation is the abstract portion. You don't need to actually see the code to be able to understand how it is implemented.

AmazingMech2418 (830)

@DynamicSquid Who needs whitespace? Well, unless you are programming in a language without type inferencing other than Python which is nearly built on whitespace. Also, if you want the code to be more readable, unminify it yourself! JS is a pretty easy language. You should learn it!