On Wed, 12 Nov 2008 08:16:36 -0500, Justus Ohlhaver wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> is there any method to quickly convert a text string such as 'Peter'
> into an integer? (And vice versa?)
> 
> I am not asking about just changing the format (to_i). I'm looking for a
> method thus can do the computation.
> 
> Thanks,
> Justus

Does "Peter".hash do what you want?

--Ken

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Chanoch (Ken) Bloom. PhD candidate. Linguistic Cognition Laboratory.
Department of Computer Science. Illinois Institute of Technology.
http://www.iit.edu/~kbloom1/