# <, >, and ranges in a case statement

I feel like this should be simple but i can’t figure it out.

In a case statement, i know how to use ranges to compare against the
given variable. But how do i use < or > ? eg i want to do this:

age = 25

category = case age
when < 12 : “child”
when 13…17 : “minor”
lt”
when 50…64 : “middle aged”
when > 65 : “senior”
else : “not an age”
end

(please don’t anybody be offended by my age categories, i just made up
this example off the top of my head)

Anyway, the above doesn’t work - syntax error.
Neither does this:

when age < 12 : “child”

the test doesn’t pass, so if age is eg 10, i get nil back.

Can someone set me straight?
thanks
max

postscript - it seems the word 'adlt triggers the spam filter. hence
the odd wording above.

2009/6/2 Brian C. [email protected]:

Max W. wrote:

In a case statement, i know how to use ranges to compare against the
given variable. Â But how do i use < or > ?

end
end
I’ve attached a similar but more general approach - and a few others as
well.

Kind regards

robert

Max W. wrote:

In a case statement, i know how to use ranges to compare against the
given variable. But how do i use < or > ?

Simplest solution is to use a Range with extreme bounds, or use an if
statement (if age < 25 …).

The long answer is to explain that

case foo
when bar

end

is syntactic sugar for

if bar === foo

end

So you can get whatever behaviour you like by creating an object which
responds to the === method.

class Bounds
def initialize(meth,val)
@meth, @val = meth, val
end
def ===(other)
other.send(@meth, @val)
end
end
def is(meth,val)
Bounds.new(meth,val)
end

age = 70
case age
when is(:<,25)
puts “Youngster”
when is(:>,65)
puts “Oldie”
end

If you wanted this to be more efficient, you could define constants like

UNDER_25 = is(:<,25)
OVER_65 = is(:>,65)

case age
when UNDER_25
… etc
end

thanks for your in-depth answer robert! i’ll chew over that. but, in
terms of readability, i think my solution of not passing age into the
block and instead testing it on every line is fine.

thanks a lot though.
max

Wow, that’s a lot more complicated than i thought. I think for the sake
of ease and readability i’d stick with doing a more longwinded version,
like

category = case
when age < 12 : “child”
when (13…17).include? age : “minor”
when (18…24).include? age : “young adlt"
lt”
when (50…64).include? age : “middle aged”
when age > 65 : “senior”
else : “not an age”
end

thanks for the insight though!

cheers
max

Good point, thanks i guess you meant (25…50) for the last one

cheers!
max

Le 2 juin 2009 à 11:12, Max W. a écrit :

category = case age
when < 12 : “child”
when 13…17 : “minor”
lt”
when 50…64 : “middle aged”
when > 65 : “senior”
else : “not an age”
end

As the others pointed out, there’s no easy way to do what you want to.
On the other hand, if you know the bounds of your inputs, your method
isn’t bad ; I’d write :

category = case age
when 0…12 then “child”
when 12…18 then “minor”
lt”
when 50…65 then “middle aged”
when 65…999 then “senior”
else “not an age”
end

Note that the use of : within if’s and case’s has been deprecated in
Ruby 1.9 and the next versions.

Fred

Max W. wrote:

Wow, that’s a lot more complicated than i thought. I think for the sake
of ease and readability i’d stick with doing a more longwinded version,
like

category = case
when age < 12 : “child”
when (13…17).include? age : “minor”
when (18…24).include? age : “young adlt"
lt”
when (50…64).include? age : “middle aged”
when age > 65 : “senior”
else : “not an age”
end

thanks for the insight though!

If you want to allow for the possibility of fractional ages:

when (13…18).include? age
when (18…25).include? age
when (18…50).include? age
… etc

Max W. wrote:

Good point, thanks i guess you meant (25…50) for the last one

Yeah, you can tell I copy-pasted it from the line above

Brian C. wrote:

Simplest solution is to use a Range with extreme bounds,

… such as a range that ends in Infinity:

65…(1/0.0)
=> 65…Infinity

Clifford H…

Brian C. wrote:

65…(1/0.0)
=> 65…Infinity

haha, i thought about that but it seemed kind of crazy. It surprises me
a little that Infinity isn’t a singleton class like NilClass in ruby.

Clifford H. wrote:

Brian C. wrote:

Simplest solution is to use a Range with extreme bounds,

… such as a range that ends in Infinity:

65…(1/0.0)
=> 65…Infinity

Clifford H…
haha, i thought about that but it seemed kind of crazy. It surprises me
a little that Infinity isn’t a singleton class like NilClass in ruby.

On Jun 2, 2009, at 3:32 PM, Max W. wrote:

Clifford H…
haha, i thought about that but it seemed kind of crazy. It
surprises me
a little that Infinity isn’t a singleton class like NilClass in ruby.

I guess that is because there are actually 2 infinities and both are
valid
values with well-defined operations in IEEE754.

Regards,
Florian

Florian G.

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That’s an interesting idea… I can see an opportunity for a great deal
of
abuse there, as well.
It would certainly be cool to write my infinite loops like:

(0…Infinity).each {|d| … }

Alex

On Jun 2, 9:32 am, Max W. [email protected] wrote:

Clifford H. wrote:

Brian C. wrote:

Simplest solution is to use a Range with extreme bounds,

… such as a range that ends in Infinity:

65…(1/0.0)
=> 65…Infinity

Interesting… you can assign it to a constant.

Infinity = 1/0.0

Then you can use it in ranges:

(-Infinity…0).include? 100000
=> false
(0…Infinity).include? 100000
=> true

By the way, this is a real good way to lock up your cpu, i just
discovered

infinity = 1.0/0
(0…infinity).to_a

grrrrrrriiiiiiinnnnnnnddddddddd