Blue-Red Hackenbush Calculator

What is Blue-Red Hackenbush and how do we compute values?

Hackenbush is a two-player Combinatorial Game where players (Left and Right) take turns removing edges (Blue and Red, respectively) from a diagram. This script only deals with single Hackenbush strings, though more complicated diagrams exist. In terms of a single stalk, values are computed as follows:

Until a color change, each segment is worth +1 or -1 (depending on whether it is Blue or Red, respectively).
Once a color change occurs, each subsequent segment (regardless of color), is worth half of the previous segment, with a +/- corresponding to the color.
Thus, the string BBRB would be worth +1+1-1/2+1/4=7/4.

Any real number can be approximated using Hackenbush strings and in terms of information theory, this method provides a more efficient way for encouding numbers than floating-point. Any dyadic rational (a rational with a power of two in the denominator) can be expressed with a finite-length Hackenbush stalk. When entering values, please enter only dyadic rationals.

Compute the value of a single Hackenbush stalk or
Find the Hackenbush stalk corresponding to a dyadic rational:

 Hackenbush string of Bs and Rs: Draw stalk Value of the Hackenbush stalk

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