*On the April 6, 2018 FiveThirtyEight Riddler Express*

The Riddler is the excellent math and logic puzzle weekly by Oliver Roeder. Puzzles are posted every friday, together with the solutions to the previous week’s puzzles. I occasionally submit proposed solutions, using R whenever possible. Yesterday Ollie was kind enough to give me a shout out for the ggplot chart that I provided together with my solution to the previous week’s Riddler Express. This is a brief post going over my submission code, please refer to Ollie’s post for the puzzle description. The puzzle can be solved with just 16 lines of R code.

## R Code to Evaluate All 21st Century Dates

```
library(zoo); library(tidyverse)
mydate <- as.Date('2001-01-01')
i <- 1; results <- matrix(nrow=212,ncol=3)
repeat {
mymonth <- as.numeric(format(mydate,'%m'))
myday <- as.numeric(format(mydate,'%d'))
myyear <- as.numeric(format(mydate,'%y'))
if (mymonth*myday == myyear) {results[i,1] <- as.Date(mydate); i<-i+1}
mydate <- mydate+1
if (mydate==as.Date('2100-01-01')) break
}
# Get year of each attack
results[,2] <- as.numeric(format(as.Date(results[,1]),'%Y'))
# Get gaps between dates
results[2:212,3] <- diff(results[,1])
```

### How Many Attacks Will Happen?

nrow(results): 212

### What Year Will Have the Most Vandalism?

names(sort(table(results[2:212,2]), decreasing = T)[1]): 2024

How Many? sort(table(results[2:212,2]), decreasing = T)[1]: 7

### What Year Will the Least Vandalism? Multiple Years Have No Attacks, See Chart Below

### What is the Longest Gap Between Attacks?

max(results[2:212,3]): 1097 days

### What is the Shortest Gap Between Attacks?

min(results[2:212,3]): 16 days

## Plot Results

```
res <- as.data.frame(results)
colnames(res) <- c('date','Year','Count')
res <- res %>% group_by(Year) %>% summarize(Count=n())
bc <- data.frame(Year=2001:2099)
bc <- left_join(bc,res)
bc[is.na(bc$Count),'Count']<-0
bc$Count<-as.factor(bc$Count)
ggplot(bc,aes(x=Year,y=Count)) +geom_col(aes(fill=Count)) +theme_classic() +scale_fill_brewer(palette = 'Set1') +
ggtitle('Anarchist Attacks by Year',subtitle = '212 Anarchist Attacks in Century')
```

Twitter user @Cardlinger commented on the fact that the y axis seems to start at a negative value. This allows for “zeros” on the chart to be clearly distinguished. Otherwise, with 99 bars, the small gaps between gaps caused by zeros would be difficult to identify.

I wanted to clearly show the zero-attack years -- that was one of the questions in the wording of the puzzle. starting the axis at the normal value wouldn't allow to clearly show that, since there are 99 bars.

— Hernando Cortina (@cortinah) April 13, 2018

Fair dos, presentation over axis hygiene. 99 bars but a 0 ain't one!

— Peter Harris (@Cardlinger) April 13, 2018