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# PWC143 - Stealthy Number

**TL;DR**

On with TASK #2 from The Weekly Challenge #143. Enjoy!

# The challenge

You are given a positive number,

`$n`

.Write a script to find out if the given number is

`Stealthy Number`

.A positive integer N is stealthy, if there exist positive integers a, b, c, d such that a * b = c * d = N and a + b = c + d + 1.

Example 1`Input: $n = 36 Output: 1 Since 36 = 4 (a) * 9 (b) = 6 (c) * 6 (d) and 4 (a) + 9 (b) = 6 (c) + 6 (d) + 1.`

Example 2`Input: $n = 12 Output: 1 Since 2 * 6 = 3 * 4 and 2 + 6 = 3 + 4 + 1`

Example 3`Input: $n = 6 Output: 0 Since 2 * 3 = 1 * 6 but 2 + 3 != 1 + 6 + 1`

# The questions

I only have one meta-questions about this challenge: *whatâ€™s the matter
with all the divisors of integer numbers*?

I suspect manwar is manipulating us like pupputs to help solving the Riemann hypothesis. Whatever, happy to help!

# The solution

The key insights here were:

- all pairs of divisors come in pairsâ€¦ by definition. Jokes apart, as soon as we find a divisor, we also have its counterpart to make the pair.
- Weâ€™ll have to compare all pairs against each other, possibly in an
efficient way. This rings like
*hash*,*set*, â€¦ anything that can check for*being there*efficiently. - for each pair of pairs we will have to do two checks, or check an
absolute value. In our case, using a hash-like data structure will
mean either tracking the sums themselves, or their
`+1`

or`-1`

versions.

Iâ€™ll start with Perl this time.

```
#!/usr/bin/env perl
use v5.24;
use warnings;
use experimental 'signatures';
no warnings 'experimental::signatures';
sub is_stealthy ($n) {
my %match;
for my $k (1 .. sqrt($n)) {
next if $n % $k;
my $sum = $k + $n / $k;
return 1 if $match{$sum - 1} || $match{$sum + 1};
$match{$sum} = 1;
}
return 0;
}
my @inputs = @ARGV ? @ARGV : qw< 36 12 6 >;
say "$_ -> " . is_stealthy($_) for @inputs;
```

Weâ€™re using a plain olâ€™ hash here. At each iteration, we check if `$sum + 1`

or `$sum - 1`

are in, because this is how we can do the required
check! This also allows us saving only `$sum`

for future attempts.

I surprised myself in writing this:

`return 1 if %match{...`

Wow, Raku is getting on me.

So, letâ€™s move to Raku then:

```
#!/usr/bin/env raku
use v6;
subset PosInt of Int where * > 0;
sub is-stealthy (PosInt:D $n) {
my $match = SetHash.new;
for 1 .. $n.sqrt.Int -> $k {
next unless $n %% $k;
my Int() $sum = $k + $n / $k;
return 1 if $match (&) ($sum - 1, $sum + 1);
$match.set: $sum;
}
return 0;
}
sub MAIN (*@args) {
@args = 36, 12, 6 unless @args.elems;
"$_ -> {is-stealthy($_)}".put for @args;
}
```

Itâ€™s pretty much the same thing, using a SetHash this time for
showing off a bit and also try to be a bit more *readable* (or, maybe,
*expressive*).

I guess this is it for this challengeâ€¦ stay safe!

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