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Evaluating Infix Expression With Parentheses in Groovy - Multiple Digits

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When I wrote this write-up on evaluating an infix expression having multiple digits, I was lazy to do it for expressions with parentheses. So, here it comes.

As usual, here is the javascript version.

Just like the non-paranthesized version, this algorithm is just the two stack algorithm modified to accommodate parentheses and multiple digits. Floating points aren’t supported intentionally nor is tested. However, I don’t see any reason why it should not work (provided you change the variable types to accommodate a floating point number).

The algorithm goes like this :

1. Initialize two stacks - one for holding values and one for holding operators
2. Read the input expression from left to right - one character at a time. 
3. If the character is a space, ignore
4. If the character is a number, then append it to an accumulating variable 
   (don't push it to the stack yet)
5. If the character is an operator or a right parenthesis, push the accumulated number 
   to the value stack and reinitialize the accumulator.

    5a. If the current operator is a left parenthesis, push it to the expression stack 
        and continue to the next character in the expression. 

    5b. If the current operator is a right parenthesis, then evaluate the stacks 
        until the first left parenthesis is reached. Push the result back to the value stack 

    5b. If the current operator is of higher precedence than the first item in the operator stack,
        then safely ignore and read further. 

    5c. If the current operator is of lower precedence than the first item in the operator 
        stack (peek view), then evaluate the previous set (two from value stack and one 
        from operator stack) and insert the result into the value stack

    5d. Finally, insert the current operator to the operator stack

Note : the operator level for right parenthesis is kept at ‘0’ to retain operator precedence while the operator level of left paranthesis is kept at ‘3’ (or anything higher than all the operators) to be the least in the precedence. The only purpose of storing the left brackets in the expression stack is for identifying the beginning of the paranthesized sub-expression.

public static final Map OPERATOR_LEVELS= [")":0, "*":1, "/":1, "+":2,"-":2, "(":3]

A Groovy implementation is here :

* Only basic arithmetic operators are supported. However, could easily be
* extended to support any binary operators
* This program is not an infix to postfix converter. However, this program does the following
* 1) Evaluates a parenthesized or non-parenthesized infix expression and drives it to a final value
* 2) Supports parentheses
* 3) Supports multiple digits as operands
* 4) Empty space allowed
* 5) Floating point numbers not supported by intent
* 6) Supports only the 4 basic arithmetic operators but could easily be extended to support any other
* binary operation
* @author Arun Manivannan

public class InfixToValueParenthesis {

    public static final String OPERATORS="+-/*()" //ignore the "(" as an operator
    public static final Map OPERATOR_LEVELS= [")":0, "*":1, "/":1, "+":2,"-":2, "(":3]

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        String inputExpression="((10 - 5)*(3+6))*2+3" //610
        InfixToValueParenthesis ifixToPfix=new InfixToValueParenthesis()

    def infixToValue(String inputExpression) {
        Stack<String> expressionStack = new Stack<String>()
        Stack<Long> valueStack = new ArrayDeque<Long>() //to hold only non-decimal values

        String eachNumber="" //to hold multiple digit values. lame idea, i know, but can't think of anything else at 2 AM

        int totalCharInInput=inputExpression.length()

        inputExpression.each { eachChar->

            println ("each char : "+eachChar)

            if (eachChar.trim()==""){
            else if (isValidOperator(eachChar)){

                //We could stack up a lot of left parenthesis in the beginning without reaching a number. Weed it out
                if (!isLeftParen(eachChar) && eachNumber.isNumber()){
                    valueStack.push(Long.parseLong(eachNumber)) //push the till now accumulated number to the value stack

                if (expressionStack.isEmpty() || isLeftParen(eachChar)){ //first item or left parenthesis

                else if (isRightParen(eachChar)){
                    evaluateAndPushValueToStackUntilLeftParenthesis(valueStack, expressionStack)


                //if the current operator has higher precedence than the first item in the stack, then it is fine.
                //Just insert the incoming
                else if (getHigherPrecedenceOperator(eachChar, expressionStack.peek())==eachChar){

                //if the current operator is lesser, then the previous higher precedence expression have to be
                //evaluated. Else, we would be making wrong calculations while popping off for final evaluation

                    //the current operator has higher precedence. Evaluate expression
                    evaluateAndPushValueToValueStack(valueStack, expressionStack)

                    //after evaluation of the higher pair, don't forget to insert the current character into the expression stack


            else if (eachChar.isNumber()){

                if (totalCharInInput==0){
                    valueStack.push(Long.parseLong(eachNumber)) //the last element

            /*else {
//other input (alphabets and special chars) are treated as garbage

            println ("Value Stack : "+valueStack)
            println ("Expression Stack : "+expressionStack)


        println ("Final Expression stack " +expressionStack);
        println ("Final Value stack : "+valueStack)

        while (!expressionStack.empty){
        println ("Final value : "+valueStack)

    boolean isRightParen(String operator) {

    boolean isLeftParen(String operator) {

    private void evaluateAndPushValueToValueStack(Stack<Long> valueStack, Stack<String> expressionStack) {

        Long firstOperand=valueStack.pop()
        Long secondOperand=valueStack.pop()
        println ("Value stack : "+firstOperand+ ":"+ secondOperand )
        Long evaluatedValue = this.evaluate(secondOperand, firstOperand, expressionStack.pop()) //intermediate result

    private void evaluateAndPushValueToStackUntilLeftParenthesis(Stack<Long> valueStack, Stack<String> expressionStack) {

        while (!expressionStack.empty){

            if (isLeftParen(expressionStack.peek())){ //if the left parenthesis has been reached, then pop it up and exit



    Long evaluate(Long firstOperand, Long secondOperand, String operator) {
        Long returnValue
        switch (operator) {
            case "+" :
            case "-" :
            case "*":
            case "/":

                if (secondOperand==0){ //cheating death by zero



    boolean isValidOperator(String input) {



    String getHigherPrecedenceOperator(String firstOperator, String secondOperator){







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