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# Take a Ten Minute Walk: A Codewars kata solution By Papan Sarkar

Take a Ten Minute Walk: A Codewars kata solution
In this article, I'll explain a kata solution from Codewars. This kata(problem) is authored by JKphobic. And here is the kata
link:https://www.codewars.com/kata/54da539698b8a2ad76000228/train/python

Problem:
You live in the city of Cartesian where all roads are laid out in a perfect grid. You arrived ten minutes too early to an appointment, so you decided to take the opportunity to go for a short walk. The city provides its citizens with a Walk Generating App on their phones -- every time you press the button it sends you an array of one-letter strings representing directions to walk (eg. ['n', 's', 'w', 'e']). You always walk only a single block for each letter (direction) and you know it takes you one minute to traverse one city block, so create a function that will return true if the walk the app gives you will take you exactly ten minutes (you don't want to be early or late!) and will, of course, return you to your starting point. Return false otherwise.

Note: you will always receive a valid array containing a random assortment of direction letters ('n', 's', 'e', or 'w' only). It will never give you an empty array (that's not a walk, that's standing still!).

First of all, we need to understand the problem. Then we will see what it's input and of course what kind of output it wants from us.

If you read the problem twice or thrice, you'll see a few things like what things we need to keep in our minds. Like :

The walk has to be for 10 minutes.
You need to return to the starting point
Every list item (each letter) or single block represents one minute

Let's convert these instructions into code and make small segments of the whole solution code:
So,

``````if len(walk) == 10 //True
else // False
``````

We'll create two variable and initialize to 0 to track our walk, ns (North-South) and ew (East-West) -

``````ns = 0
ew = 0
``````

For every single block we walk, respectively we'll increment and decrement with 1

``````if we move in n direction then ns += 1
if we move in s direction (coming back) then ns -= 1
if we move in e direction then ew += 1
if we move in w direction (coming back) then ew -= 1
``````

And then finally we will check we returned to our same position or not

``````if ns == 0 and ew == 0 //True
else //False
``````

Let's combine all this:

``````# Python Solution
def is_valid_walk(walk):
ns, ew = 0, 0
if len(walk) == 10:
for i in walk:
if i == 'n': ns+=1
if i == 's': ns-=1
if i == 'w': ew+=1
if i == 'e': ew-=1
else:
return False
return ns == 0 and ew == 0
``````
``````//Javascript solution
function isValidWalk(walk) {
let ns = 0, ew = 0;
if(walk.length === 10){
for (let i of walk) {
if (i == 'n') ns += 1;
if (i == 's') ns -= 1;
if (i == 'e') ew += 1;
if (i == 'w') ew -= 1;
}
}
else
return false
return ns === 0 && ew === 0;
}
``````

Now it's time to some other best and clever solutions:
Most upvoted:

``````def isValidWalk(walk):
return len(walk) == 10 and walk.count('n') == walk.count('s') and walk.count('e') == walk.count('w')

Second one:
def isValidWalk(walk):
if (walk.count('n') == walk.count('s') and
walk.count('e') == walk.count('w') and
len(walk) == 10):
return True
return False
``````

I hope it was helpful and useful. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank You for reading.

"Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand." - Martin Fowler

## Top comments (1)

Papan Sarkar

I feel the same..no doubt on that