J. J. Merelo-Guervós > Algorithm-MasterMind-v0.4.5 > Algorithm::MasterMind::Partition_Worst

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NAME ^

Algorithm::MasterMind::Partition_Worst - Plays by Knuth's playbook

SYNOPSIS ^

    use Algorithm::MasterMind::Partition_Worst;
    my $secret_code = 'EAFC';
    my @alphabet = qw( A B C D E F );
    my $solver = new Algorithm::MasterMind::Partition_Worst { alphabet => \@alphabet,
                                                   length => length( $secret_code ) };

DESCRIPTION ^

Solves the algorithm by issuing each time a combination that minimizes the size of the worst partition. This intends to maximally reduce the search space each time; it was the first algorithm used to play mastermind, but it's no longer state of the art, and does not work very well for spaces higher than 4-6. In fact, it will probably take a lot of time (and use a lot of memory) for 5-9 already, so use it carefully.

INTERFACE ^

initialize()

Called from new, initializes data structures.

issue_first ()

Issues it in the Knuth way, AABC. This should probably be computed from scratch (to be coherent with the algorithm), but it's already published, so what the hell.

issue_next()

Issues the next combination

AUTHOR ^

JJ Merelo <jj@merelo.net>, and obviously, Donald Knuth as author of the algorithm.

LICENCE AND COPYRIGHT ^

Copyright (c) 2009, JJ Merelo <jj@merelo.net>. All rights reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See perlartistic.

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