Advent Calendar - December 21, 2021

Tuesday, Dec 21, 2021| Tags: Perl

Advent Calendar 2021

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The gift is presented by E. Choroba. Today he is talking about his solution to “The Weekly Challenge - 061”. This is re-produced for Advent Calendar 2021 from the original post by E. Choroba.

Task #1: Product SubArray

Given a list of 4 or more numbers, write a script to find the contiguous sublist that has the maximum product. The length of the sublist is irrelevant; your job is to maximize the product.

The easiest (but probably not the fastest) method would be to start from each position and compute the products of all the possible sublists starting at the position, remembering the positions where the product is maximal.

I automatically reached for List::Util’s product to get the products easily, but alas! Running

product(-1, 3)

caused a Floating point exception (bug reported). So, I had to implement product myself:

#! /usr/bin/perl
use warnings;
use strict;

sub product {
    my @list = @_;
    my $p = 1;
    $p *= $_ for @list;
    return $p

sub max_prod {
    my ($list) = @_;
    my $max = [$list->[0]];
    for my $i (0 .. $#$list) {
        for my $j ($i .. $#$list) {
            my $p = product(@$list[$i .. $j]);
            $max = [$p, @$list[$i .. $j]] if $p > $max->[0];
    return $max

use Test::More tests => 1;
is_deeply max_prod([2, 5, -1, 3]), [10, 2, 5];

The max_prod subroutine returns the product and the list in this order.

Note: Don’t confuse max_prod with Max Brod.

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