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NAME ^

LogicPuzzle - Perl extension for helping to solve brain teaser puzzles

SYNOPSIS ^

    use Games::LogicPuzzle;
    my $p= new Games::LogicPuzzle (
        num_things => 5
    );
    $p->assign( { ... } );
    $p->possesions( { ... } );
    $p->verify_proc( \&my_verify );

    $solution = $p->solve();

DESCRIPTION ^

Games::LogicPuzzle may help you solve brain teaser puzzles where there are lots of solution possibilities. You setup a local subroutine which rejects wrong solutions, give the module the working parameters, and it will do the rest.

EXAMPLE ^

I initially used this to help me solve the famous problem attributed to Einstein. Details and a manual solution can be found here:

http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/60971.html

SAMPLE PUZZLE

    There are 5 houses sitting next to each other, each with a different 
    color, occupied by 5 guys, each from a different country, 
    and with a favorite drink, cigarette, and pet.  Here are the facts:

    The British occupies the red house.
    The Swedish owns a dog.
    The Danish drinks tea.
    The green house is on the left of the white house.
    The person who smokes "Pall Mall" owns a bird.
    The owner of the yellow house smokes "Dunhill".
    The owner of the middle house drinks milk.
    The Norwegian occupies the 1st house.
    The person who smokes "Blend" lives next door
        to the person who owns a cat.
    The person who owns a horse live next door to
        the person who smokes "Dunhill".
    The person who smokes "Blue Master" drinks beer.
    The German smokes "Prince".
    The Norwegian lives next door to the blue house.
    The person who smokes "Blend" lives next door to
        the person who drinks water.

    The question is: Who owns the fish?

SOLUTION CODE

This module solves this puzzle as follows:

    use Games::LogicPuzzle;
    my $p= new Games::LogicPuzzle (
        num_things => 5
    );

    $p->assign( {
        houseposition=> [ 1 .. 5 ],
    } );

    $p->possesions( {
        housecolour => [qw(blue green red white yellow)],
        nationality => [qw(Brit Dane German Norwegian Swede)],
        beverage    => [qw(beer coffee milk tea water)],
        smokebrand  => [qw(BlueMaster Dunhill PaulMaul Prince Blend)],
        pet         => [qw(cat bird fish horse dog)],
    } );

    # some solve orders are _really_ slow
    $p->solve_order( [
      "housecolour", "nationality", "beverage", "smokebrand", "pet" ]);

    $p->verify_proc( \&my_verify );

    my $soln= $p->solve();

    my $who = $p->get("nationality", "pet" => "fish", $soln);
    print "$who keeps fish";

    sub my_verify
    {
        my $c=      shift();
 
    #   1. The Brit lives in a red house. 
      { my $p = $c->housecolour(nationality => "Brit");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "red"; }
    #   2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets. 
      { my $p = $c->pet(nationality => "Swede");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "dog"; }
    #   3. The Dane drinks tea. 
      { my $p = $c->beverage(nationality => "Dane");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "tea"; }
    #   4. The green house is on the left of the white house (next to it). 
      { my $p1 = $c->houseposition(housecolour => "green");
        my $p2 = $c->houseposition(housecolour => "white");
        return 0 if $p1 && $p2 && ( $p1 - $p2 != 1); #arbirary choice of left
     }
    #   5. The green house owner drinks coffee. 
      { my $p = $c->beverage(housecolour => "green");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "coffee"; }
    #   6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds. 
      { my $p = $c->pet(smokebrand => "PaulMaul");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "bird"; }
    #   7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill. 
      { my $p = $c->smokebrand(housecolour => "yellow");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "Dunhill"; }
    #   8. The man living in the house right in the center drinks milk. 
      { my $p = $c->beverage(houseposition => "3");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "milk"; }
    #   9. The Norwegian lives in the first house. 
      { my $p = $c->houseposition(nationality => "Norwegian");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "1"; }
    #  10. The man who smokes blend lives next to the one who keeps cats. 
      { my $p1 = $c->houseposition(smokebrand => "Blend");
        my $p2 = $c->houseposition(pet =>  "cats");
        return 0 if $p1 && $p2 && (abs($p2 - $p1) != 1); }
    #  11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill. 
      { my $p1 = $c->houseposition(pet => "horse");
        my $p2 = $c->houseposition(smokebrand => "Dunhill");
        return 0 if $p1 && $p2 && (abs($p2 - $p1) != 1); }
    #  12. The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer. 
      { my $p = $c->beverage(smokebrand => "BlueMaster");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "beer"; }
    #  13. The German smokes Prince. 
      { my $p = $c->smokebrand(nationality => "German");
        return 0 if $p && $p ne "Prince"; }
    #  14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house. 
      { my $p1 = $c->houseposition(nationality => "Norwegian");
        my $p2 = $c->houseposition(housecolour => "blue");
        return 0 if $p1 && $p2 && (abs($p2 - $p1) != 1); }
    #  15. The man who smokes blend has a neighbor who drinks water. 
      { my $p1 = $c->houseposition(smokebrand => "Blend");
        my $p2 = $c->houseposition(beverage => "water");
        return 0 if $p1 && $p2 && (abs($p2 - $p1) != 1); }
 
        return 1;
    }

The heart of the solution is the &verify subroutine. Here is where the puzzle details are translated into a definition of a valid solution.

Within the verify subroutine, we call 'get' with various parameters to extract the current solution scenario. This is then tested to see if it is correct. If the current scenario is 'undef' then that should be verified as 'ok'

A number of 'convenience' subroutines are autodefined, so that you can do 1) instead of 2).

   1)  my $p = $c->housecolour(nationality => "Brit");

   2)  my $p = $c->get("housecolour", 
                      "nationality" => "Brit");

When $p->solve() is called, Games::LogicPuzzle will (somewhat intelligently) iterate through the solution space to find a solution that satisfies &verify.

There are additional methods to get all valid solutions, and set a variety of other parameters.

AUTHOR ^

Andy Adler < adler at site dot uOttawa dot ca >

All Rights Reserved. This module is free software. It may be used, redistributed and/or modified under the same terms as Perl itself.

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