Least lines possible!

Suppose you have to write a program which gives the quadrant of a certain point whose xx and yy coordinates are given using least lines possible

For python (you may use other programing languages too) , I made this function :

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def quadrant_of(x,y) : return 2.5 - y/abs(y) - 0.5 * x*y/abs(x*y) 

Now the next task is, to use least characters to form the program.

Can you do it?

Note :

  • Number of characters used in the names of variables or functions will be considered as a single character.

  • This program will work slow for large numbers (due to multiplication operation used in it), if someone can make it short and faster it will be appreciated too.

Note by Zakir Husain
6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Woah! I really can't think of a different algorithm to do this, but I may have found a few tweaks to lower the character count:

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quadrant_of = lambda x, y : 2.5 - y/abs(y) - x*y/abs(2*x*y)

David Stiff - 6 months, 3 weeks ago

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#That's Good :) , just write
quadrant_of =lambda x, y : 2.5 - y/abs(y) - x*y/abs(2*x*y)#instead of 
quadrant_of_ =lambda x, y : 2.5 - y/abs(y) - x*y/abs(2*x*y)

Zakir Husain - 6 months, 3 weeks ago

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#Oh okay. Fixed it. :)

David Stiff - 6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Umm... suppose you change xy/abs(xy) into x/abs(x) * y/abs(y) ,it would have less time complexity, right?

Jeff Giff - 6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Here the challenge is the number of lines. But remember if x, y is very large the multiplication might take some time, in this case, it is better to use if-else conditions.

Rishabh Deep Singh - 2 months, 4 weeks ago

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