Problem 40: Champernowne's constant

(see projecteuler.net/problem=40)

An irrational decimal fraction is created by concatenating the positive integers:

0.12345678910\red{1}112131415161718192021...

It can be seen that the 12th digit of the fractional part is 1.
If d_n represents the nth digit of the fractional part, find the value of the following expression.

d_1 * d_10 * d_100 * d_1000 * d_10000 * d_100000 * d_1000000

My Algorithm

The original problem can be solved in a trivial way:

The Hackerrank problem asks for digits at positions up to 2^18 which cannot be done the brute force way
because we would be running out of memory (and CPU time).

My function getDigit finds a digit without building such a long string.
It is based on the following observation:
The first part of getDigit figures out how many digits the number has which is pointed to by the parameter pos.
The variable skip will contain 9, 9+2*90 = 189, 9+2*90+3*900 = 2890 until the next step would exceed pos.
Now that the function knows how many digit the number (pointed to by pos) has, getDigit process its digits.

To do so, it moves first closer to pos by repeated adding range.
Whenever range becomes too large, the next (smaller) digit has to be adjusted until we have the final value of first.
That number is converted to a string and the desired digit returned.

Interactive test

You can submit your own input to my program and it will be instantly processed at my server:

Number of test cases (1-5):

Input data (separated by spaces or newlines):

This is equivalent to
echo "1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7" | ./40

Output:

(please click 'Go !')

Note: the original problem's input 1 10 100 1000 10000 100000 1000000 cannot be entered
because just copying results is a soft skill reserved for idiots.

(this interactive test is still under development, computations will be aborted after one second)

My code

… was written in C++11 and can be compiled with G++, Clang++, Visual C++. You can download it, too.

#include <string>
#include <iostream>
 
// return the digit at position "pos"
// first digit after then decimal dot has pos = 1 (not zero !)
unsigned int getDigit(unsigned long long pos)
{
// assume pos has one digit
unsigned int digits = 1;
// then there are 9 other numbers
unsigned long long range = 9;
// the smallest of them is 1
unsigned long long first = 1;
 
// there are 9 numbers with 1 digit
// there are 90 numbers with 2 digits
// there are 900 numbers with 3 digits
// there are 9000 numbers with 4 digits
// ...
// let's figure out the number of digits
 
// skip numbers with too few digits
unsigned long long skip = 0;
while (skip + digits*range < pos)
{
skip += digits*range;
// digits = 2 => range = 90 and
// digits = 3 => range = 900
// digits = 4 => range = 9000, etc.
digits++;
range *= 10;
first *= 10;
}
 
// now that we know the number of digits
// adjust "first" and "skip" such that the left-most/highest digit of pos and skip are identical
// then continue with the next digit
while (range > 9)
{
// could be replace by some modular arithmetic, but I'm too lazy for tough thinking ;-)
while (skip + digits*range < pos)
{
skip += digits*range;
first += range;
}
 
// next lower digit
range /= 10;
}
 
// right-most digit (basically same inner loop as above when range == 1)
while (skip + digits < pos)
{
first++;
skip += digits;
}
 
// skip all "skippable" digits
pos -= skip;
// strings are zero-based whereas input is one-based
pos--;
 
// create a string version of our number
auto s = std::to_string(first);
// extract digit and convert from ASCII to an integer
return s[pos] - '0';
}
 
int main()
{
unsigned int tests;
std::cin >> tests;
while (tests--)
{
unsigned int product = 1;
// read 7 positions
for (unsigned int i = 0; i < 7; i++)
{
unsigned long long pos;
std::cin >> pos;
 
// multiply all digits
product *= getDigit(pos);
}
 
// print result
std::cout << product << std::endl;
}
 
return 0;
}

This solution contains 12 empty lines, 28 comments and 2 preprocessor commands.

Benchmark

The correct solution to the original Project Euler problem was found in less than 0.01 seconds on an Intel® Core™ i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz.
(compiled for x86_64 / Linux, GCC flags: -O3 -march=native -fno-exceptions -fno-rtti -std=gnu++11 -DORIGINAL)

See here for a comparison of all solutions.

Note: interactive tests run on a weaker (=slower) computer. Some interactive tests are compiled without -DORIGINAL.

Changelog

February 25, 2017 submitted solution
April 18, 2017 added comments

Hackerrank

see https://www.hackerrank.com/contests/projecteuler/challenges/euler040

My code solves 9 out of 9 test cases (score: 100%)

Difficulty

5% Project Euler ranks this problem at 5% (out of 100%).

Hackerrank describes this problem as medium.

Note:
Hackerrank has strict execution time limits (typically 2 seconds for C++ code) and often a much wider input range than the original problem.
In my opinion, Hackerrank's modified problems are usually a lot harder to solve. As a rule thumb: brute-force is rarely an option.

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