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(Golf) Fraction Reduction

by Masem (Monsignor)
on Jul 25, 2001 at 04:39 UTC ( #99531=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Given two scalars that contain non-negative integer values, as ($numerator, $denominator). $denominator is non-zero as well.

Find the perl golf solution subroutine that returns the reduced fraction; that is, a fraction that is still equivalent to the initial fraction but using the smaller possible (non-negative!) integer values to make it up. The fraction is returned as an array in the order of (numerator, denominator).

Examples can include:
@a = reduce( 512, 1024 ); # @a = ( 1, 2 ) @a = reduce( 12, 18 ); # @a = ( 2, 3 ) @a = reduce( 1, 7 ); # @a = ( 1, 7 )
Thanks to tilly for the update.

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Re: (Golf) Fraction Reduction
by no_slogan (Deacon) on Jul 25, 2001 at 05:36 UTC
    43 characters:
    $x=$_[1];$x--while grep$_%$x,@_;map$_/$x,@_
    Too bad grep and map don't default to @_.
(MeowChow) Re: (Golf) Fraction Reduction
by MeowChow (Vicar) on Jul 25, 2001 at 07:19 UTC
    I think no_slogan's will probably be the shortest, but here's some more fun with regexes at 49 chars:
    sub reduce { "@{[map 1x$_,@_]}"=~/(1+)\1* \1+$/;map$_/$+[1],@_ }
    Update: Here's a 48-char version that uses a relatively fast algorithim for calculating the GCM of the two numbers (I think it's attributed to Euclid?):
    sub reduce { ($x,$y)=@_;($x,$y)=($y%$x,$x)while$x;map$_/$y,@_ }
                   s aamecha.s a..a\u$&owag.print
Re: (Golf) Fraction Reduction (Russ=45) :-(
by Russ (Deacon) on Jul 26, 2001 at 02:58 UTC
    The best I could get was 45:

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