[Question] Mathematics × Programming Competition #8 [問題] 數學 × 程式編寫比賽 (第八回)

4년 전

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Mathematics × Programming Competition #8

Designed by @nicolemoker

13/10/2017 UTC 15:00 - 20/10/2017 UTC 15:00

For Chinese version please scroll to the bottom. 中文版請見文末。


Ken has a four-digit calculator which displays numbers using the seven-segment-display. For example the number 159 is displayed as

Note that 159 is displayed as 0159

Suppose we want to use non-transparent cards to represent all the possible 4-digit numbers from 0000 to 9999. Each card will show one 4-digit number, where the numbers are written using seven-segment-display. However when some cards are rotated 180°, a new number can be formed. For example when the card 0159 is rotated 180°, it becomes 6510.

Note that it is acceptable for the ‘1’ to be displayed on the left hand side

Considering the possibility of rotating a card 180°, what is the minimum number of non-transparent cards required to represent all the possible 4-digit numbers from 0000 to 9999?

Answer submission

Please submit your answer through this link.


  • This competition will last for 7 days. After that, no more submission will be accepted.
  • Participants who submit the answer as a comment below this post will be disqualified.
  • Participants can submit an unlimited number of solutions, however only the latest answer will be considered.
  • You have to upvote this post in order to be eligible for the competition.


  • The three fastest contestants would win the first prize, second prize and third prize respectively.
  • Other contestants who gave the correct answer would enter a lucky draw. 5 winners will be drawn.
  • Those who resteemed this post will have 400% higher chance to win in the lucky draw.
  • @kenchung reserves all the rights to disqualify any suspected cheating players and to decide the distribution of prizes among the winner(s).
Name of prizeMax no. of prizesSBDSP (sponsored by @steemstem ! )
First prize1SBD payout of this post / n15
Second prize1SBD payout of this post / n10
Third prize1SBD payout of this post / n5
Consolation prize5SBD payout of this post / n0

where n is the total number of winners in this competition. n = min (number of participants getting the correct answer, 8).

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數學 × 程式編寫比賽 (第八回)

Designed by @nicolemoker

13/10/2017 UTC 15:00 - 20/10/2017 UTC 15:00










  • 此比賽為時7天,其後將不會再接受新答案。
  • 嚴禁在回覆公開答案,否則將被取消資格。
  • 參加者可以重覆提交答案,但比賽終結時只會考慮最後提交的答案。
  • 你必須upvote此帖方能參加比賽。


  • 最快給出正確答案的三名參賽者將分別獲得一等獎、二等獎和三等獎。
  • 其他給出正確答案的參賽者將可參與抽獎。5名參賽者將被選出。
  • Resteem此帖文者將有額外400%的得獎機會。
  • 本人保留一切最終權利,包括但不限於取消任何疑似作弊者的資格並決定獲獎者的獎勵分配。
獎項獎項數目SBDSP (由 @steemstem 贊助!)
一等獎1此帖文的 SBD 金額 / n15
二等獎1此帖文的 SBD 金額 / n10
三等獎1此帖文的 SBD 金額 / n5
安慰獎5此帖文的 SBD 金額 / n0

其中 n 是本比賽中得獎者的總數。n = min (答對人數, 8)。

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print(int(sum(map(lambda d: 0.5 if d != ''.join(map(lambda i:'012xx59x86'[int(i)], d[::-1])) and ''.join(map(lambda i:'012xx59x86'[int(i)], d[::-1])) in ['%04d' % x for x in range(0, 10000)] else 1 , ['%04d' % x for x in range(0, 10000)]))))





submitted, voted and resteeeeeeeeeeeeeeem!


thanks for joining (again) ! ;)

Nice! I submitted my answer! 😼


great! :)

Am I late? submitted and resteemed~~


not quite late i guess, but even if the first 3 spots have been taken, you can still have the chance to get a random prize!

It seems it's not so late. I decide to reply first to get a nice position:)
Btw, I see there may be a mistake on competition period
"13/10/2017 UTC 15:00 - 20/11/2017 UTC 15:00"
I think it should be:
"13/10/2017 UTC 15:00 - 20/10/2017 UTC 15:00".


just to remind you that your final position depends on the time of your answer submission through the google form, not the timestamp of your comment here ;)


Thank you, already summited


thanks for spotting the mistake, I have just updated it :)


他说你的日期写错了,13/10/2017 UTC 15:00 - 20/11/2017 UTC 15:00,截止日期应该是 20/10/2017 UTC 15:00 吧?



I hate maths, I'm probably lost here. Let me come and be going 🏃🏃🏃🏃🚶🚶


sorry to hear that you hate maths, hopefully this question did not make you hate it more! haha


thanks for joining!

submitted my answer :)
luckily i saw your announcement 1 hour ago in the steemstem channel, so I can catch your post on time!


ye if you join the steemstem channel you would know the time of competition in advance!

submitted one day later. Hope my answer is correct and luckily get the prize=]
btw I've use some excel function to do it. Hope my logic is correct haha.


ye I think it is possible to use Excel to solve this question :) hope that you can win!




May I use contents of this post in my blog for illustrating the solution?(in the future, not now). I will comment where I quote them from.


ye sure!

I'm not able to answer this question but I'll resteem this because it's a good question


thanks so much!

waiting to see the answer :) hopefully got it right