I'm trying to solve a challenge where I need to solve a certain pattern first

Below are the inputs and corresponding outputs:

"a" => "0"
"ab" => "1"
"h" => "10
"challenge" => "46150321430225"
"abc" => "40"

Hint is:


Who can help detecting the pattern?


1 Answer 1


[This is not a classical puzzle question, so I don't care about spoiler markup.]

You can get the numbers as follows:

  1. Convert the word to a list of numbers according to their 0-base index in the alphabet. For example,

    "abc"[0, 1, 2]

  2. Treat each element as a base 26 digit and convert to a number:

    [0, 1, 2] → 0×26×26 + 1×26 + 2 = 28

  3. Now convert that number to a base 7 representation:

    28 = 4×7 + 0 = 407

There's one ambiguity: Leading a's will have no impact on the number and hence cannot be recovered when reconverting back to words. The hint Aplha 7 means that you have to convert according to the alphabet first and to base 7 then.

  • $\begingroup$ should the OP really name this a pattern!? $\endgroup$
    – Honey
    Oct 13, 2016 at 19:52

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