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Phone to letter translation

Phone keypads and rotary dials have little letters on them. Most numbers translate into letters. Of course, with only 10 digits, but 26 letters, there is a problem: the translation from letters to numbers is lossy. When translating from numbers to letters, there is always more than one possible interpretation.

Write a function that takes a string of digits and returns a collection of the possible strings of letters it corresponds to.


(digits->letters "22") ;=> ["aa" "ab" "ac" "ba" "bb" "bc" "ca" "cb" "cc"]

Here are the mappings you should use:

1: no letters
2: abc
3: def
4: ghi
5: jkl
6: mno
7: pqrs
8: tuv
9: wxyz
0: space

If a character appears in the input that does not have a mapping, it will appear in the output untranslated.

Thanks to this site for the problem idea, where it is rated Expert in JavaScript. The problem has been modified.

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kolstae commented Aug 3, 2021

(def digit->letters {\2 "abc"
                     \3 "def"
                     \4 "ghi"
                     \5 "jkl"
                     \6 "mno"
                     \7 "pqrs"
                     \8 "tuv"
                     \9 "wxyz"
                     \0 " "})

(defn digits->letters [s]
  (->> s
       (map #(digit->letters % (str %)))
       (reduce #(for [a %1 b %2] (str a b)) [""])))

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SignSpice commented Aug 4, 2021

I'm relatively new to Clojure, so it's quite likely I'm missing something obvious.

I thought I had a solution, until I realized clojure.core/for was a macro. So then I thought I had I bad solution, to make a macro that allows me to have a "variadic for" (not really the best name, just couldn't think of a better one for now). I think I might be close, but maybe it's not actually possible like this. I know you wouldn't actually want to use a macro for this problem as there are other ways of achieving the same result, but I am curious how and if it can be done for the sake of learning.

(def keypad-letters
  {:1 nil    :2 "abc" :3 "def"
   :4 "ghi"  :5 "jkl" :6 "mno"
   :7 "pqrs" :8 "tuv" :9 "wxyz"
             :0 " "})

(defn vector-for-the-for-macro [message]
  (into []
         #(keypad-letters % [(symbol (str "i" %2)) ((keyword (str %)) keypad-letters)])


  (for [x (:2 keypad-letters)
        y (:3 keypad-letters)] (str x y))

  (for [x (:2 keypad-letters)
        y (:3 keypad-letters)
        z (:4 keypad-letters)] (str x y z))

  (for [x (:2 keypad-letters)
        y (:2 keypad-letters)
        z (:4 keypad-letters)
        a (:2 keypad-letters)] (str x y z a))

  (for [x (:2 keypad-letters)
        y (:2 keypad-letters)
        z (:4 keypad-letters)
        a (:2 keypad-letters)] (apply str [x y z a]))

  (for [digit "223"]
    (for [x ((keyword (str digit)) keypad-letters)]

  (map #(keypad-letters % (keyword (str %))) "23")
  (map #(keypad-letters % [(str "i" %2)]) "23" (range))
  (mapcat #(keypad-letters % [(str "i" %2) ((keyword (str %)) keypad-letters)]) "23" (range))
  (mapcat #(keypad-letters % [(symbol (str "i" %2)) ((keyword (str %)) keypad-letters)]) "23" (range))
  (into []
         #(keypad-letters % [(symbol (str "i" %2)) ((keyword (str %)) keypad-letters)])

  (vector-for-the-for-macro "262")
  (filter symbol? (vector-for-the-for-macro "262"))

  (defmacro variadic-for
    '(for ~(vector-for-the-for-macro "262")
       (apply str (~(filter symbol? (vector-for-the-for-macro "262"))))))

  (defmacro variadic-for
    '(for ~binding-vector
       (apply str ((filter symbol? ~binding-vector)))))

  (variadic-for (vector-for-the-for-macro "2"))
  (macroexpand-1 '(variadic-for (vector-for-the-for-macro "2")))


#_(digits->letters "222")

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(defn combo [n items]
    (= n 0) '(())
    (empty? items) '()
    :else (concat (map #(cons (first items) %)
                       (combo (dec n) (rest items)))
                  (combo n (rest items)))))

(defn digits->letters [ds]
  (let [ds' (s/replace ds "1" "")
        dial {\1 nil \2 "abc" \3 "def" \4 "ghi" \5 "jkl"
              \6 "mno" \7 "pqrs" \8 "tuv" \9 "wxyz" \0 " "}
        pstr (apply str (map (fn [v] (get dial v v)) ds'))]
    (vec (distinct (map #(apply str %) (combo (count ds') pstr))))))

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ZaymonFC commented Aug 5, 2021

;; combo is clojure.math.combinatorics
(def phone-letter-mapping
  {\2 [\a \b \c] \3 [\d \e \f]
   \4 [\g \h \i] \5 [\j \k \l]
   \6 [\m \n \o] \7 [\p \q \r \s]
   \8 [\t \u \v] \9 [\w \x \y \z]
   \0 [\ ]})

(defn number-to-list [xs]
  (->> xs
       (map (fn [x] (get phone-letter-mapping x [x])))
       (apply combo/cartesian-product)
       (map (partial apply str))))

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mcuervoe commented Aug 5, 2021

(defn digits->letters [digits-str]
  (let [mapping {\1 [\1], \2 [\a \b \c], \3 [\d \e \f], \4 [\g \h \i], \5 [\j \k \l], \6 [\m \n \o], \7 [\p \q \r \s],
                 \8 [\t \u \v], \9 [\w \x \y \z], \0 [\space]}]
      (loop [digits digits-str
             results [nil]]
        (if (= 0 (count digits))
          (let [chars (get mapping (first digits))]
              (next digits)
              (for [c chars, result results]
                ((fnil conj []) result c))))))
      (map (fn [chars] (apply str chars))))))

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KubqoA commented Aug 5, 2021

(require '[clojure.math.combinatorics :as combo])

(def digit->letters {\2 "abc"
                     \3 "def"
                     \4 "ghi"
                     \5 "jkl"
                     \6 "mno"
                     \7 "pqrs"
                     \8 "tuv"
                     \9 "wxyz"
                     \0 " "})

(defn digits->letters [digits] (->> digits
                                    (map digit->letters)
                                    (filter seq)
                                    (apply combo/cartesian-product)
                                    (mapv #(apply str %))))

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igajsin commented Aug 7, 2021

There are 3 steps here:

  1. deconstruct a digit string into a list of letters.
  2. do a permutation on lists.
  3. construct strings from lists.
(def dict {
           :1 [""]
           :2 ["a" "b" "c"]
           :3 ["d" "e" "f"]
           :4 ["g" "h" "i"]
           :5 ["j" "k" "l"]
           :6 ["m" "n" "o"]
           :7 ["p" "q" "r" "s"]
           :8 ["t" "u" "v"]
           :9 ["w" "x" "y" "z"]
           :0 [" "]

(defn letter->list [letter]
  ((keyword letter) dict))

(defn string->list [s]
  (str/split s #""))

(defn get-letters [digits]
  (map letter->list (string->list digits)))

(defn add1 [letter letters]
  (map #(list letter %)  letters))

(defn permutate2 [l1 l2]
  (mapcat #(add1 % l2) l1))

(defn msg [s l]
  (print (str s ": ")) (clojure.pprint/pprint l))

(defn permutate [letters]
    (< (count letters) 2) letters
    (= (count letters) 2) (permutate2 (first letters) (second letters))
    :else (permutate2 (first letters) (permutate (rest letters)))))

(defn list->string [permutted]
  (map clojure.string/join
       (map flatten permutted)))

(defn digits->letters [digits]
  (list->string (permutate (get-letters digits))))

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KingCode commented Oct 6, 2021

(def dial {\1 "1", \2 "abc", \3 "def", \4 "ghi", \5 "jkl", \6 "mno", 
           \7 "pqrs", \8 "tuv", \9 "wxyz", \0 " "})

(defn digits->letters [digits]
   (partial apply str)
   (loop [digs (-> digits reverse rest),
          acc  (->> digits last dial
                    (map list))]
     (if (empty? digs)
       (recur (rest digs) 
              (->> (dial (first digs))
                   (mapcat (fn [ltr]
                             (->> acc
                                  (map #(conj % ltr)))))))))))

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