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==Inverted axis?== Could someone help explain why, in the example image the following transformation occurs (in the periods separating the R and C, and after the C):

```
.....    .....
.###. -> .....
.#?#.    ..#..
.....    .....

```

Surely the the cell labelled '?' will be culled at step 1:

• It is black with 8 neighbours
• B = 5 (2 <= 5 <= 6)
• A = 1
• At least one of P2 P4 P6 is white (P6 is white)
• At least one of P4 P6 P8 is white (P6 is white) Why isn't it whitened at step 1?

--[[User:Tim-brown|Tim-brown]] ([[User talk:Tim-brown|talk]]) 17:33, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

:I expect that there are removals of some of those surrounding cells before it gets to your '?' cell which affects the final outcome. --[[User:Paddy3118|Paddy3118]] ([[User talk:Paddy3118|talk]]) 18:54, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

::I'm considering what happens to this individual cell (not necessarily its neighbours). As far as I am concerned, the situation I describe above is the calculation for Step-1 of the first iteration. Nothing has changed (i.e. been removed) before this: all changes are stored, and applied `after` the analysis. So the step-1 rule should apply to cell '?'. And it should be blank (by my interpretation of the rules). But it ain't. --[[User:Tim-brown|Tim-brown]] ([[User talk:Tim-brown|talk]]) 19:27, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

You are right the table given of P1 to P9 in the task page is actually transformed but ins such a way that the output is thinned in the same way (but with an offset possibly). I am actually calculating with:

 P7 P6 P5 P8 P1 P4 P9 P2 P3
I've got an inverted vertical axis it seems. --[[User:Paddy3118|Paddy3118]] ([[User talk:Paddy3118|talk]]) 22:32, 15 October 2013 (UTC) :Now I'm a bit more confident in posting my Racket solution! ---[[User:Tim-brown|Tim-brown]] ([[User talk:Tim-brown|talk]]) 09:50, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Is the thinned version of the big "R.C." in the task description correct? I have it as:

```...........................................................
...........................................................
....#.##########.......................#######.............
.....##........#...................####.......#............
.....#..........#.................##.......................
.....#..........#................#.........................
.....#..........#................#.........................
.....#..........#................#.........................
.....############...............#..........................
.....#..........#...............#..........................
.....#..........#................#.........................
.....#..........#................#.........................
.....#..........#................#.........................
.....#............................##.......................
.....#.............................############............
.......................###..........................###....
...........................................................
...........................................................
```

---[[User:Tim-brown|Tim-brown]] ([[User talk:Tim-brown|talk]]) 10:05, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

==Three Data Files== To avoid every entry to needlessly contain the same large tables, I suggest to add to the task description three links to the tree files of the test cases. -[[User:Bearophile|bearophile]] ([[User talk:Bearophile|talk]]) :I think if the outputs are typically in ./# form, the inputs probably should be too, rather than csv. --[[User:TimToady|TimToady]] ([[User talk:TimToady|talk]]) 15:53, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

==Mathematica's in-built algorithm==

I converted Mathematica's ones and zeros to something I could see and it seems that their in-built thinning algorithm does not give the same result as that of Zhang Suen.

I think that it is right and proper to show the output of the in-built function as I would expect that to be used, but I also asked for an implementation of the ZS algorithm as I maked it incomplete.

If you think that is wrong then just give your argument please.

The following is just a code dump of how I converted to ascii art for comparison using Python:

``` print('''
{
{0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0},
{0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0}}'''.replace('{', '(').replace('}', ')'))

(
(0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0),
(0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0))
>>> inp = (
(0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0),
(0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0),
(0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0))
>>> print('\n'.join(''.join(('#' if x else ' ') for x in line) for line in inp))

#########       ########
###   ####     ####  ####
###    ###     ###    ###
###   ####     ###
#########      ###
### ####       ###    ###
###  ####  ### ####  #### ###
###   #### ###  ########  ###

>>> print('\n'.join(''.join(('#' if x else ' ') for x in line) for line in out))

####            ###
#    #          #   ###
#     #        #
#     #        #
##  #         #
#  ###         #
#     #         #    ##
## ##     ####    ##

>>>
```