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RGB Color Mixing

Here's an algorithm for mixing multiple RGB colors to create a single color.

  1. Separate the colors into Red, Green, and Blue components.
  2. Average all the Reds together, average all the Greens together, average all the Blues together.
  3. Put the average values back together into a resulting RGB.

Is this the right way to do it? I don't know! But it's the way we're going to implement in this problem. Your task is to take a collection of RGB strings of the form "#FF021A", mix them like the algorithm above, and return the resulting RGB string.

Note that each RGB string contains two hexadecimal digits for each component. You can round the averages to integers however you want.


(mix ["#FFFFFF" "#000000"]) ;=> "#7F7F7F" or "#808080" depending on how you round
(mix ["#FF0000" "#00FF00" "#0000FF"]) ;=> "#555555"

Thanks to this site for the challenge idea where it is considered Very Hard level in JavaScript.

Please submit your solutions as comments on this gist.

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andyfry01 commented Mar 2, 2021

I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but here's my approach:

(defn average
  "Util for averaging many numbers, and rounding them down to the nearest whole number"
  [& nums]
  (int (Math/floor (/ (apply + nums) (count nums)))))

(defn hex->numtriple 
  "Takes a hex number and turns it into a vector of base-10 numbers, e.g.  #FFFFFF -> [255 255 255]"
  (as-> hex $
    (drop 1 $)
    (partition 2 $)
    (mapv (fn [chars]
           (->> (apply str chars)
                (str "0x")
                (read-string))) $)))

(defn numtriple->hex 
  "Takes a vector of base-10 numbers and turns them into a hex color, e.g. [255 255 255] -> #FFFFFF"
  (reduce str (cons "#" (map #(format "%02X" %) numtriple))))

(defn mix 
  "Magic happens here, e.g (mix '#FFFFFF' '#000000') -> '#7F7F7F'"
  [& stuff]
  (let [rgb-nums (map hex->numtriple stuff)]
    (numtriple->hex (apply map average rgb-nums))))

  ;; Function demos!
  (mix "#000000" "#FFFFFF") ; -> "#7F7F7F"
  (mix "#000000" "#7F7F7F" "#111111") ; -> "#303030"
  (mix "#000000") ; -> "#000000"

Solution also available here, along with a bunch of other challenges I've done:

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My solution to the problem-

(defn hex->num [s]
    (Integer/parseInt s 16))

(defn filter-index [pred coll]
    (map second (filter (fn [[i x]] (pred i)) (map-indexed vector coll))))

(defn pick-even [coll]
    (filter-index (fn [i] (= 0 (bit-and i 1))) coll))

(defn pick-odd [coll]
    (filter-index (fn [i] (= 1 (bit-and i 1))) coll))

(defn hex->rgb [s]
    (let [s (rest s)] (map hex->num (map str (pick-even s) (pick-odd s)))))

(defn rgb->hex [[r g b]]
    (str "#" (clojure.string/join #"" (map (fn [x] (format "%x" x)) [r g b]))))

(defn mix [colors]
    (rgb->hex (let [n (count colors)] (reduce (fn [[x y z] [a b c]] (map (fn [[x y]] (+ x (int (/ y n)))) [[x a] [y b] [z c]])) [0 0 0] (map hex->rgb colors)))))

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Sinha-Ujjawal commented Mar 19, 2021

Another solution (thx @andyfry01)-

(defn average [& ns]
    (reduce + (map (fn [n] (/ n (count ns))) ns)))

(defn hex->num [s]
    (Integer/parseInt s 16))

(defn hex->rgb [s]
    (map hex->num (map (fn [[x y]] (str x y)) (partition 2 (rest s)))))

(defn rgb->hex [[r g b]]
    (str "#" (clojure.string/join #"" (map (fn [x] (format "%x" x)) [r g b]))))

(defn mix [colors]
    (rgb->hex (apply map (fn int-average [& ns] (int (Math/floor (apply average ns)))) (map hex->rgb colors))))

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