COSC2430 HW5: Stack Problem


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1. Introduction
You need to create a C++ program that can evaluate a list of arithmetic
expressions whether they are valid. You also need to compare them if they are
2. Input and Output
The input file is a regular text file, where each line is terminated with a ‘\n’
Each line will contain an arithmetic expression.
1. Expressions consist of numbers (0-9), lowercase alphabets (a-z), uppercase
alphabets (A-Z), ‘+’, ‘-‘, ‘(‘, ‘)’, ‘{‘, ‘}’, ‘[‘, and ‘]’. An operand (numbers, and
alphabets) will not appear the second time in a single expression.
2. You need to check whether the expression is valid or not. An expression will
be invalid if opening and ending parenthesis doesn’t match. If an
expression is not valid, the output will be “Error at: ”+expression number,
see examples to clarify about the format and expression number, then
continue to process next expression. Note, in “Error at: ”, there is a space
after colon(:).
3. If there is no error with the expressions, you need to compare those
expressions. If they are similar, then the output will be “Yes”, otherwise
All records should be processed sequentially from beginning to end.
3. Program and input specification
The main C++ program will become the executable to be tested by the TAs. The
Result file should be written to another text file (output file), provided with the
Command line. Notice the input and output files are specified in the command
line, not inside the C++ code. Notice also the quotes in the program call, to avoid
Unix/Windows gets confused.
 The input file is a small plain text file; no need to handle binary files.
 Each input file may contain maximum 1000 expressions.
 In an expression, only unit digits (0-9) will be used.
 An operand will be always a single character.
 There will be no space in an expression.
 An input file may contain empty lines between expressions.
 Operators: + −.
 Parentheses: (, ), {, }, [, ].
 Note that, input and output, all are case sensitive.
 The output should be exactly matched with the format.
The general call to the executable is as follows:
evalexpr “input=input1.txt;output=output1.txt”
You can call the example with another command line type,
evalexpr input=input1.txt output=output1.txt
4. Examples
Example 1 of input and output,

Command line:
evalexpr input=input1.txt output=output1.txt
Example 2 of input and output,
Command line:
evalexpr input=input2.txt output=output2.txt
Example 3 of input and output,
a+b+c+d+e // valid expression
a-b-c-d-e // valid expression
a-(b-c-d)-e // valid expression
a-{(b-c-d)-e // Error
// Empty line will not be counted
a-{(b-c-d))-e // Error
// Empty line will not be counted
{a-[(b-c-d)]-e} // valid expression
a-[{(b-c-d})]-e // Error
a-{(b-[c-d)}-e] // Error
Command line:
evalexpr input=input3.txt output=output3.txt
Error at: 4
Error at: 5
Error at: 7
Error at: 8
5. Requirements
 Homework is an individual. Your homework will be automatically screened
for code plagiarism against code from the other students and code from
external sources. If you copy/download source code from the Internet or a
book, it is better for you to acknowledge it in your comments, instead of
the TAs detecting it. Code that is detected to be copied from another
student (for instance, renaming variables, changing for and while loops,
changing indentation, etc) will result in ”Fail” in the course and being
reported to UH upper administration.

 timeout is set to 10s.
6. Hand over your homework
 Homework 5 need to be handed over to our Linux server, follow the link
 Make sure to create a folder under your root directory, name it hw5 (name
need to be lower case), only copy your code to this folder, no test case or
other files needed. If you use ArgumentManager.h, don’t forget to hand
over it too.
PS. This document may have typos, if you think something illogical, please email
TAs or Teacher for confirmation.