January 23rd, 2018, 03:56 PM  #11  
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January 24th, 2018, 12:42 AM  #12 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 800 Thanks: 297 
Yeah, you're right, I don't think I'm the only one who somehow missed that! You'd have to keep dividing by 10 until you get the last (first) digit then multiply that digit by 10^n where n is the number of divide by 10 you did to get the digit. Clearly, the original x/(x/10) always gives 10. So, in the original example 685757: int(685757/10/10/10/10/10) = 6 6*100000 = 600000 685757  600000 = 85757 a simple while loop would do this quickly. Alternatively, it may be quicker to pull out the leftmost character and convert it to an integer then mutiply by 10^("length of string"1) The original code posted looks like it might work fine, I just wonder how slow it is. 
January 24th, 2018, 09:04 AM  #13 
Member Joined: Jan 2016 From: Athens, OH Posts: 79 Thanks: 39 
weirdave The Java code as posted by the OP is not quite correct. If the input is a single digit positive integer, his code generates a NumberFormatError. This can be easily fixed by adding a check to see if the input is such a single digit. The problem is so small that any correct solution will execute very quickly. The only way efficiency could become an issue is if the algorithm is executed numerous times. I can' t think of any possible problem that would need this. 
January 26th, 2018, 02:44 AM  #14 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 800 Thanks: 297 
It might slow down (relatively!) if a very large number is used. I agree that as the problem stands, it will be fast enough for human interaction. If the input was replaced by a huge data set then it might prove to be a bit sluggish, but then, I wouldn't use Java for that 

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