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I am looking for a way by which we can solve a Zebra Puzzle using programming where Inputs are given in the form of properties and conditions.

Any help is appreciated

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

Some logic problems can be solved very easily by using boolean variables and a couple of loops.

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What about these ones?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

What would be the input form?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

What about these ones?

I never worked on one that big with that method.

anonimnystefy wrote:

What would be the input form?

Input form?

I only remember the technique from having read a paper on it in a journal. I could copy their results and two problems and maybe one of you guys can apply it to a larger problem...

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Hmm I decided to do it with loops

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Then I wrote the full code

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Then I found the program is taking a loooooong time

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Then I remembered that there are 24883200000 possible permutations. So it will take forever -_-"

However, there are some constraint programming solutions to this one

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Since the variables are of type boolean they can only take two values of 0 and 1. You should adjust your loops for 0 to 1.

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**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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But I am talking about Zebra Puzzles which have so many possible permutations.

How can I do that with them?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

How can I do that with them?

I do not know how to apply the idea to a larger problem or even a smaller one. I never really understood what the guy was doing.

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Which guy?

By the way, how does constraint programming do it so easily?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am not sure you can say that it is done easily. It just is a method that can be done by a computer.

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Sorry, I mean it is done very fast

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

When I find the paper I will post how he does a simple logic problem. Then maybe someone will figure out a way.

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**muxdemux****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-23
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I think the Zebra puzzle can be formulated as a constraint satisfaction problem and solved that way.

It can also be solved *very* easily using logic programming. If you search for "Prolog zebra puzzle" (or similar) in Google, you should be able to find a 15-liner to solve it. Prolog's special trick is to use something called "backtracking," though that's a separate topic.

Edit: My bad. There's a 15-line Sudoku solver. I was about to post in a different thread about a Sudoku solver and got confused.

*Last edited by muxdemux (2012-12-23 07:42:37)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Seems like a good error. There is a prolog program that can be found.

http://en.literateprograms.org/index.ph … ldid=18673

http://en.literateprograms.org/Zebra_Pu … 8Prolog%29

Here are implementations in several languages.

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Thanks for the links

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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How have you come with your date and days of the week?

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I will talk about that once I return home. I am back to that remote village where its tough to get connected.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Enjoy your solitude then. We will talk then.

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