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Problem 1686. Generate a melodic contour string matrix

Created by Ned Gulley

Parsons code is a surprisingly effective way to identify music by its melodic motion. That is, with each successive note, does the pitch go up, down, or stay the same. No effort is made to capture the length of the interval between notes. The result is a lossy but useful "thumbprint" of a musical piece.

You will be given a string in Parsons code. By convention, the first note is denoted by *. Each note thereafter is either "u" for up, "d" for down, or "r" for repeat. The expected output is a string matrix showing the tune's contour. It can contain only space, star, dash, forward slash, and backward slash (ASCII values 32, 42, 45, 47, and 92 respectively). The output matrix should be the smallest possible bounding box that can contain all the nonspace characters. That is, there should be no empty rows or columns.

Examples:

 str = '*rrr'
 melody = '*-*-*-*'
 str = '*du'
 melody = ['*   *'
           ' \ / '
           '  *  ']
 The "Happy Birthday" song!
 str = '*rududdrudud'
 melody = ['    *   *              '
           '   / \ / \             '
           '*-*   *   *     *   *  '
           '           \   / \ / \ '
           '            *-*   *   *']

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Last solution submitted on Dec 05, 2014

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