A look back on the event
I start by parsing the input into a pair of
Sequences of cards.
type Deck = Q.Seq Int type Game = (Deck, Deck) decksP = (,) <$> deckP <* (many endOfLine) <*> deckP headerP = string "Player " *> decimal *> ":" *> endOfLine deckP = Q.fromList <$> (headerP *> (decimal `sepBy` endOfLine))
A single round of the game is mostly done for me with pattern matching and guards (the surrounding code ensures that the two sequences are non-empty). Similarly, detecting if the game is finished is all done with pattern matching.
finished :: Game -> Bool finished (Empty, _) = True finished (_, Empty) = True finished (_, _) = False playRound :: Game -> Game playRound ((x :<| xs), (y :<| ys)) | x < y = (xs, ys |> y |> x) | otherwise = (xs |> x |> y, ys)
I put those together with the standard
until function (found with Hoogle) to play the game.
play = until finished playRound
That's it! There's a bit of post-processing of a game to extract the winning score.
part1 game = score $ winningDeck $ play game winningDeck :: Game -> Deck winningDeck (Empty, ys) = ys winningDeck (xs, _) = xs score :: Deck -> Int score = sum . zipWith (*) [1..] . toList . Q.reverse
I found the explanation of the recursive game a bit confusing, especially the behaviour around detecting repeated states. Imagine a sequence of games where there's a main game, which calls a recursive sub-game A; after that returns, sub-game B starts.
- When I'm checking for duplicates in sub-game B, should I consider the states encountered in sub-game A? (I decided "no.")
- When I find a duplicate in sub-game B, should I terminate just sub-game B or the main game as well? (I decided "just the sub-game.")
But with that, the implementation of the recursive game end up being a fairly mechanical translation from the description. Each game terminates with a notification of the winner and the winner's deck.
- If either deck is empty, the other player wins
- If the game is the same as a previous state, player 1 wins
- If both players have enough cards, play a recursive round to find the winner, then play with the updated decks
- Otherwise, compare top cards to find the winner, then play with the updated decks.
data Player = P1 | P2 deriving (Show, Eq) type Cache = S.Set Game playRecursive :: Game -> Cache -> (Player, Deck) playRecursive (Empty, ys) _ = (P2, ys) playRecursive (xs, Empty) _ = (P1, xs) playRecursive g@(x :<| xs, y :<| ys) seen | g `S.member` seen = (P1, x :<| xs) | (lengthAtLeast x xs) && (lengthAtLeast y ys) = playRecursive subG seen' | otherwise = playRecursive compareG seen' where seen' = S.insert g seen (subWinner, _) = playRecursive (Q.take x xs, Q.take y ys) seen' subG = updateDecks subWinner g compareTops = if x < y then P2 else P1 compareG = updateDecks compareTops g updateDecks P1 (x :<| xs, y :<| ys) = (xs |> x |> y, ys) updateDecks P2 (x :<| xs, y :<| ys) = (xs, ys |> y |> x) lengthAtLeast n s = Q.length s >= n
That worked, but execution took a bit longer than I wanted. Profiling the runtime showed the program spending about 50% of its time inserting new games into the cache. I would leave things there, but Justin Le has a neat solution using hashes which I thought I'd try.
The idea is to have a hash table as the cache and generate a hash from the game state. The hash should be quick to generate and quick to test for membership. The hash table is a
Map from hash values to
Sets of game states. If the hash is not in the cache, we can't have seen this state before; we should add both the hash and the singleton set of this game. If the hash is in the cache, we can check the associated set for the definitive answer; if it's not there, we should add the game to the set.
playRecursive :: Game -> Cache -> (Player, Deck) playRecursive (Empty, ys) _ = (P2, ys) playRecursive (xs, Empty) _ = (P1, xs) playRecursive g@(x :<| xs, y :<| ys) seen | g `inCache` seen = (P1, x :<| xs) -- < change here | (lengthAtLeast x xs) && (lengthAtLeast y ys) = playRecursive subG seen' | otherwise = playRecursive compareG seen' where seen' = enCache g seen -- < change here (subWinner, _) = playRecursive (Q.take x xs, Q.take y ys) seen' subG = updateDecks subWinner g compareTops = if x < y then P2 else P1 compareG = updateDecks compareTops g hashGame (xs, ys) = hash ( toList $ Q.take 2 xs , toList $ Q.take 2 ys ) inCache :: Game -> Cache -> Bool inCache game cache = case (M.lookup h cache) of Just games -> game `S.member` games Nothing -> False where h = hashGame game enCache :: Game -> Cache -> Cache enCache game cache = case (M.lookup h cache) of Just games -> M.insert h (S.insert game games) cache Nothing -> M.insert h (S.singleton game) cache where h = hashGame game
That brings the runtime down to about 1.8 seconds.