The more I think about it, there's entirely too much danger that someone might actually understand the full factorial interaction matrix approach I used in my first try. So I give you the polynomial evaluation version:int64_t x = 3 * (up - down) + left - right; return x * (x * (x * (x * (x * (x * (x * (x * (-31) - 28) + 938) + 840) - 8519) - 6972) + 24412) + 12880) / 3360;More seriously, the full factorial interaction matrix has 16 different possible coefficients, but the solution had 14 non-zero coefficients. For the polynomial evaluation, there are nine coefficients, and eight of them were non-zero. This basically says that the mapping structure is slightly more regular than just random assignment, but not by much. I'm not going to say there isn't some clever way to do this computation more efficiently, but the horrible brute force techniques aren't simplifying into anything nice.
No, it isn't random at all, but rather based on angles!
auto x = (float)right-left; auto y = (float)up-down; if(!(x || y)) return 0; return 1+(int(round((4.f/3.14159265f)*atan2(x, y)))+8)%8;