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# palindromic bit patterns.

Posted on 2005-04-01
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hi friends,

i want to implement a functionthat takes a 32-bit integer and returns true if its bit pattern is palindromic.I want to do bit by bit comparisions.I am able to check for the character arrays and integer numbers.can anybody help me out with the code in checking bits for palindromes.

I have the idea like we can take a bit aray of size 32 and ierate from end comparing b01==b31,b02==b30 etc
but i am really not sure
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ID: 13684026
That's not a big deal - you can do that e.g. like

bool is_palindromic(int byte) {

for ( int i = 0; i < 16; ++i) {

if ( (byte & (1 << i)) != (byte & (1 << ( 31 - i))) return false;
}

return true;
}
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ID: 13684182
Sorry, to make that a little clearer:

#include <stdio.h>

bool is_palindromic(int byte) {

for ( int i = 0; i < 16; ++i) {

bool bit1 = (byte & (1 << i));
bool bit2 = (byte & (1 << ( 31 - i)));

if ( bit1 != bit2) return false;
}

return true;
}

void main () {

int n1 = 0xc0000003;
int n2 = 0xc0000004;

printf ( "0x%8.8x is %s\n", n1, is_palindromic(n1) ? "a palindrom" : "not a plaindrom");
printf ( "0x%8.8x is %s\n", n2, is_palindromic(n2) ? "a palindrom" : "not a plaindrom");
}
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Expert Comment

ID: 13684258
Hi jkr,

this won't work, you need another shift, otherwise it'll return only 0 as a palindrome.

if ( (byte & (1 << i)) != ((byte & (1 << ( 31 - i)))>>(31-i)) return false;

Unfortunately, there is no logical XOR operator ^^  :-/

I wonder if there is a more efficient way to do this... Hmmm... Maybe with a small lookup table and macros?

like

bool is_palindromic(int byte) {
};

for ( int i = 0; i < 16; ++i,++mask) {
if(val && (val != *mask)) return false;
}

return true;
}

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Expert Comment

ID: 13684348
>>this won't work

Check the sample program:

C:\tmp\cc>bitpal
0xc0000003 is a palindrom
0xc0000004 is not a plaindrom

I would not have posted it without testing...
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Author Comment

ID: 13684658
Hi i understood the logic but my question if i convert the value of n1 to decimal format it does not appear to be a palindrome.So how can i know by seeing the value whether it is palindrome or not
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Expert Comment

ID: 13684678
>> if i convert the value of n1 to decimal format it does not appear to be a palindrome

Yes, but the bit pattern (11000000000000000000000000000011) is - and that's what you were asking for...
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Expert Comment

ID: 13684724
BTW, if you want to do that for decimal values, try

bool is_palindrome( char* s)
{
char temp [ 20 ];
myReverse ( s, temp );
if ( !strcmp ( s, temp ))

return true;
else
return false;
}

void reverse ( char* s1, char* s2)
{
int i, length;

length = strlen(s1);

for ( i = 0; i < length; ++i) s2[length - i] = s1[i];
}

void main () {

int n = 123321;
char temp[20];

sprintf(temp,"%d",n);

printf ( "%8d is %s\n", n, is_palindrome(temp) ? "a palindrom" : "not a plaindrom");
}
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Author Comment

ID: 13684858
Thank you very much i am very much comfortable with character and integer palindromes.and now i have understood the bit paterns also.sorry it was a silly question before.got confused............
thank you.
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Expert Comment

ID: 13686010
Thanx :o')

BTW, if your questions are answered, you should close this Q here.
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ID: 13688985
jkr,
> I would not have posted it without testing...
I was referring to your first post:

>  if ( (byte & (1 << i)) != (byte & (1 << ( 31 - i))) return false;

with i=0 and byte =  0xc0000003

byte & 1 = 1
byte & (1 << 31) = byte & 0x80000000 = 0x8000000

...which is not quite the same. Using bools, like in your second post, should work.

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