# Talk:Set puzzle

## What needs to be done?

Is it the case that you need to find a deal of 9 cards that only has four sets? It is unclear whether cards can be reused between sets, for example - with reuse:

Dealt 9 cards: green one oval open green one oval striped green one oval solid green one diamond open green one diamond striped green one diamond solid green one squiggle open green one squiggle striped green one squiggle solid Found 12 sets: green one oval open green one oval striped green one oval solid green one oval open green one diamond open green one squiggle open green one oval open green one diamond striped green one squiggle solid green one oval open green one diamond solid green one squiggle striped green one oval striped green one diamond open green one squiggle solid green one oval striped green one diamond striped green one squiggle striped green one oval striped green one diamond solid green one squiggle open green one oval solid green one diamond open green one squiggle striped green one oval solid green one diamond striped green one squiggle open green one oval solid green one diamond solid green one squiggle solid green one diamond open green one diamond striped green one diamond solid green one squiggle open green one squiggle striped green one squiggle solid

--Paddy3118 19:49, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

- You need the exact number of sets in the dealt cards, not more not less. Imagine you had to generate the puzzle for an applet such as this one. And yes, you may use cards more than once. Fwend 20:18, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

- Does that mean that for the 9 cards above I have found twelve sets, but I need to refine my algorithm to only deal 9 cards if they can generate a maximum of only four sets? I.e. add a post-filter? --Paddy3118 02:20, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
- If you deal 9 cards there should be exactly 4 sets in it, not more, not less. There are different ways of doing that. Fwend 03:01, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

- Does that mean that for the 9 cards above I have found twelve sets, but I need to refine my algorithm to only deal 9 cards if they can generate a maximum of only four sets? I.e. add a post-filter? --Paddy3118 02:20, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

- Hi Fwend,I dealt 9 and got 12. How is my deal wrong? How are my sets wrong? I need help in understanding the task description, as I create a deck of 81 cards, draw 9, and get various numbers of sets out of it. Thanks. --Paddy3118 08:01, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
- My understanding from the task description is that there is an "arbitrary" requirement to return only deals where there are exactly 4 sets. A brute force way of doing this is to repeatedly sample 9 cards from the pack until you get a deal that contains exactly 4 sets. HTH. --Tikkanz 09:49, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
- You're asked to create the dealer code for an
*existing*puzzle game, that happens to have these rules. They may seem arbitrary, but I'm sure the puzzle designers had a reason for it, which probably has to do with consistency of presentation and degree of difficulty. Fwend 10:40, 11 February 2013 (UTC)- Sure. But from the point of view of someone solving the task on this site, the choice of 4 (or 6) is fairly arbitrary. I don't have any problem with that. I was just thinking that perhaps Paddy was over thinking the problem and that clarification might help. --Tikkanz 11:20, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

- You're asked to create the dealer code for an

- My understanding from the task description is that there is an "arbitrary" requirement to return only deals where there are exactly 4 sets. A brute force way of doing this is to repeatedly sample 9 cards from the pack until you get a deal that contains exactly 4 sets. HTH. --Tikkanz 09:49, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

- Hi Fwend,I dealt 9 and got 12. How is my deal wrong? How are my sets wrong? I need help in understanding the task description, as I create a deck of 81 cards, draw 9, and get various numbers of sets out of it. Thanks. --Paddy3118 08:01, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

## Java error msg

how can I fix this;

javac 1.8.0_05 SetPuzzle.java:2: error: package org.apache.commons.lang3 does not exist import org.apache.commons.lang3.ArrayUtils; ^ SetPuzzle.java:82: error: cannot find symbol cards = ArrayUtils.subarray(deck, 0, numCards); ^ symbol: variable ArrayUtils location: class SetPuzzle 2 errors

--Walterpachl (talk) 21:06, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

- I removed the dependency on a third party library, it should work now. Fwend (talk) 22:52, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

- ok- thanks! --Walterpachl (talk) 07:31, 29 July 2014 (UTC)