PWC161 - Abecedarian Words


Here we are with TASK #1 from The Weekly Challenge #161. Enjoy!

The challenge

An abecedarian word is a word whose letters are arranged in alphabetical order. For example, “knotty” is an abecedarian word, but “knots” is not. Output or return a list of all abecedarian words in the dictionary, sorted in decreasing order of length.

Optionally, using only abecedarian words, leave a short comment in your code to make your reviewer smile.

The questions

A nice detour! I’d ask what we have to do with uppercase letters, but the provided dictionary contains none so… it’s OK.

The solution

Raku goes first:

#!/usr/bin/env raku
use v6;
sub MAIN (Str:D $dictionary) {

sub all-sorted-abecedarian-in (Str $dictionary) {
   all-abecedarian-in($dictionary).sort({$^a.chars <=> $^b.chars}).Array;

sub all-abecedarian-in (Str $dictionary) {

sub is-abecedarian (Str $word) {
   $word.fc.comb.sort.join('') eq $word.fc;

# be chill or annoy forty bossy nosy cops

The test in is-abecedarian is dead simple: rearrange letters in alphabetical order and compare the resulting word with the original. I’m anyway choosing to do the test ignoring the case, hence the calls to fc.

The rest is support integration stuff: all-abecedarian-in filters the file for abecedarian words, and all-sorted-abecedarian-in does the requested sorting. printing is in MAIN.

Perl gets a more or less straightforward translation:

#!/usr/bin/env perl
use v5.24;
use warnings;
use experimental 'signatures';
no warnings 'experimental::signatures';

say join ' ', all_sorted_abecedarian_in(shift);

sub all_sorted_abecedarian_in ($dictionary) {
   sort { length($a) <=> length($b) } all_abecedarian_in($dictionary);

sub all_abecedarian_in ($dictionary) {
   open my $fh, '<:encoding(utf-8)', $dictionary or die "open(): $!\n";
   grep { is_abecedarian($_) } map { s{\s+\z}{}rmxs } readline $fh;

sub is_abecedarian ($word) {
   fc $word eq join '', sort split m{}mxs, fc $word;

Same logic, different syntax and supporting functions, same result.

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