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to Sieve in the Delphi Pascal Track

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Use the Sieve of Eratosthenes to find all the primes from 2 up to a given number.

The Sieve of Eratosthenes is a simple, ancient algorithm for finding all prime numbers up to any given limit. It does so by iteratively marking as composite (i.e. not prime) the multiples of each prime, starting with the multiples of 2. It does not use any division or remainder operation.

Create your range, starting at two and continuing up to and including the given limit. (i.e. [2, limit])

The algorithm consists of repeating the following over and over:

  • take the next available unmarked number in your list (it is prime)
  • mark all the multiples of that number (they are not prime)

Repeat until you have processed each number in your range.

When the algorithm terminates, all the numbers in the list that have not been marked are prime.

The wikipedia article has a useful graphic that explains the algorithm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sieve_of_Eratosthenes

Notice that this is a very specific algorithm, and the tests don't check that you've implemented the algorithm, only that you've come up with the correct list of primes. A good first test is to check that you do not use division or remainder operations (div, /, mod or % depending on the language).

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Source

Sieve of Eratosthenes at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sieve_of_Eratosthenes

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uSieveTests.pas

unit uSieveTests;

interface
uses
  DUnitX.TestFramework, uSieve;

const
  CanonicalVersion = '1.1.0.1';

type

  [TestFixture]
  TSieveTest = class(TObject)
  private
    procedure CompareArrays(Array1, Array2: TArray<integer>);
  public
    [Test]
//    [Ignore('Comment the "[Ignore]" statement to run the test')]
    procedure no_primes_under_two;

    [Test]
    [Ignore]
    procedure find_first_prime;

    [Test]
    [Ignore]
    procedure find_primes_up_to_10;

     [Test]
    [Ignore]
    procedure limit_is_prime;

    [Test]
    [Ignore]
    procedure find_primes_up_to_1000;
  end;

implementation

uses
  System.SysUtils;

procedure TSieveTest.CompareArrays(Array1, Array2: TArray<integer>);
var
  i: integer;
begin
  Assert.AreEqual(Length(Array1), Length(Array2), ' - Array lengths must be equal');
  for i := Low(Array1) to High(Array1) do
    Assert.AreEqual(Array1[i], Array2[i], format('Expecting element %d to = %d, Actual = %d',
      [i, Array1[i], Array2[i]]));
end;

procedure TSieveTest.find_first_prime;
begin
  CompareArrays([2], TSieve.Primes(2));
end;

procedure TSieveTest.find_primes_up_to_10;
begin
  CompareArrays([2, 3, 5, 7], TSieve.Primes(10));
end;

procedure TSieveTest.find_primes_up_to_1000;
begin
  CompareArrays([
          2,   3,   5,   7,  11,  13,  17,  19,  23,  29,  31,  37,  41,  43,
         47,  53,  59,  61,  67,  71,  73,  79,  83,  89,  97, 101, 103, 107,
        109, 113, 127, 131, 137, 139, 149, 151, 157, 163, 167, 173, 179, 181,
        191, 193, 197, 199, 211, 223, 227, 229, 233, 239, 241, 251, 257, 263,
        269, 271, 277, 281, 283, 293, 307, 311, 313, 317, 331, 337, 347, 349,
        353, 359, 367, 373, 379, 383, 389, 397, 401, 409, 419, 421, 431, 433,
        439, 443, 449, 457, 461, 463, 467, 479, 487, 491, 499, 503, 509, 521,
        523, 541, 547, 557, 563, 569, 571, 577, 587, 593, 599, 601, 607, 613,
        617, 619, 631, 641, 643, 647, 653, 659, 661, 673, 677, 683, 691, 701,
        709, 719, 727, 733, 739, 743, 751, 757, 761, 769, 773, 787, 797, 809,
        811, 821, 823, 827, 829, 839, 853, 857, 859, 863, 877, 881, 883, 887,
        907, 911, 919, 929, 937, 941, 947, 953, 967, 971, 977, 983, 991, 997], TSieve.Primes(1000));
end;

procedure TSieveTest.limit_is_prime;
begin
  CompareArrays([2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13], TSieve.Primes(13));
end;

procedure TSieveTest.no_primes_under_two;
begin
  CompareArrays([], TSieve.Primes(1));
end;

initialization
  TDUnitX.RegisterTestFixture(TSieveTest);
end.
unit uSieve;

interface

type

  TSieve = class
  public
    class function Primes(input: integer): TArray<integer>;
  end;

implementation

uses
  System.Generics.Collections;

{ TSieve }

class function TSieve.Primes(input: integer): TArray<integer>;
var
  rangeList: TList<integer>;
  I: integer;
  j: integer;
begin
  // create list holding entire range of input values
  rangeList := TList<integer>.Create;
  for I := 2 to input do
    rangeList.Add(I);
  // go through each item in input range
  // multiply it by 2, 3, etc. up to the end of the input range
  // if the product of the multiplication is in the input range,
  // it's not prime; remove it from the list
  for I := 2 to input do
    for j := 2 to input do
      if (I * j <= input) and (rangeList.Contains(I * j)) then
        rangeList.Remove(I * j);

  result := rangeList.ToArray;
end;

end.

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