OK, today’s Day 5 Advent of Code puzzles were fun! They have you reviewing a list of boarding passes which were stored in a crazy “binary space partitioning” system. It’s really just a complicated way of obfuscating the seat’s row and column, it turns out, so you just have to write some code for parsing a string like, “FBBBFBFBLLR” and turn that into a seat number on the airplane.

I liked writing this code because I’ve never hgad to think about a dataset like this before and it allowed me to think about things like the difference between counting rows on the plane and counting array entries. I also learned a little about rounding and ‘math.ceil’ in Python, plus NumPy too. I thought I needed NumPy for the second part of this puzzle, but I didn’t end up using it.

Here’s my code for 2020 Day 5 part 1:

```
# Advent of Code 2020 Day 5 - What is the highest seat ID on a boarding pass?
import math
log = ''
passcount = 0
highestSeatID = 0
lineCtr = 1
def addToLog(value):
global log
log += value + "\n"
with open("c:\\git\\advent-2020\\5.txt", "r") as f:
seatlist = f.read().splitlines()
f.close()
for line in seatlist:
rowHigh = 127
rowLow = 0
colHigh = 7
colLow = 0
addToLog("line " + str(lineCtr) + " " + line)
if line == "":
break
for i in range(0,10):
# example : BFBBFFFLRR
lettr = line[i]
if lettr == "F":
if i == 7:
rowHigh = rowHigh - math.ceil(rowHigh - rowLow) / 2
else:
rowHigh = rowHigh - math.ceil((rowHigh - rowLow) / 2)
elif lettr == "B":
if i == 7:
rowLow = rowLow + math.ceil((rowHigh - rowLow) / 2)
else:
rowLow = rowLow + math.ceil((rowHigh - rowLow) / 2)
elif lettr == "L":
if i == 10:
colHigh = colHigh - math.ceil(colHigh - colLow) / 2
else:
colHigh = colHigh - math.ceil((colHigh - colLow) / 2)
elif lettr == "R":
if i == 10:
colLow = colLow + math.ceil((colHigh - colLow) / 2)
else:
colLow = colLow + math.ceil((colHigh - colLow) / 2)
addToLog(str(i+1) + " -- " + lettr + " " + str(rowHigh) + " " + str(rowLow) + " " + str(colHigh) + " " + str(colLow))
thisSeatID = (rowLow* 8) + colLow
addToLog("--- this seat id = " + str(thisSeatID))
if thisSeatID > highestSeatID:
highestSeatID = thisSeatID
addToLog("new highest seat id = " + str(highestSeatID))
passcount += 1
lineCtr += 1
addToLog('There are ' + str(passcount) + ' boarding passes. The highest seat ID is ' + str(highestSeatID) + '.')
fl = open("5-1-log.txt", "w")
fl.write(log)
fl.close()
print('There are ' + str(passcount) + ' boarding passes. The highest seat ID is ' + str(highestSeatID) + '.')
```

And here’s my code for 2020 Day 5 part 2:

```
# Advent of Code 2020 Day 5 part 2 - What is the ID of your seat?
import math
log = ''
passcount = 0
highestSeatID = 0
lineCtr = 1
arrSeats = []
def addToLog(value):
global log
log += value + "\n"
with open("c:\\git\\advent-2020\\5.txt", "r") as f:
seatlist = f.read().splitlines()
f.close()
for j in range(0,1000):
arrSeats.append(j)
for line in seatlist:
rowHigh = 127
rowLow = 0
colHigh = 7
colLow = 0
addToLog("line " + str(lineCtr) + " " + line)
if line == "":
break
for i in range(0,10):
# example : BFBBFFFLRR
lettr = line[i]
if lettr == "F":
if i == 7:
rowHigh = rowHigh - math.ceil(rowHigh - rowLow) / 2
else:
rowHigh = rowHigh - math.ceil((rowHigh - rowLow) / 2)
elif lettr == "B":
if i == 7:
rowLow = rowLow + math.ceil((rowHigh - rowLow) / 2)
else:
rowLow = rowLow + math.ceil((rowHigh - rowLow) / 2)
elif lettr == "L":
if i == 10:
colHigh = colHigh - math.ceil(colHigh - colLow) / 2
else:
colHigh = colHigh - math.ceil((colHigh - colLow) / 2)
elif lettr == "R":
if i == 10:
colLow = colLow + math.ceil((colHigh - colLow) / 2)
else:
colLow = colLow + math.ceil((colHigh - colLow) / 2)
addToLog(str(i+1) + " -- " + lettr + " " + str(rowHigh) + " " + str(rowLow) + " " + str(colHigh) + " " + str(colLow))
thisSeatID = (rowLow* 8) + colLow
addToLog("--- this seat id = " + str(thisSeatID))
try:
result = arrSeats.index(thisSeatID)
arrSeats[result] = 'X'
except:
pass
passcount += 1
lineCtr += 1
for j in range(0, 1000):
if arrSeats[j] != 'X':
addToLog("Seat " + str(arrSeats[j]) + " is in the list")
addToLog('There are ' + str(passcount) + ' boarding passes. The highest seat ID is ' + str(highestSeatID) + '.')
fl = open("5-2-log.txt", "w")
fl.write(log)
fl.close()
print('There are ' + str(passcount) + ' boarding passes. The highest seat ID is ' + str(highestSeatID) + '.')
```

As always, if anyone sees something they could improve, I would appreciate hearing about it. Cheers!

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