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Implement the accumulate operation, which, given a collection and an operation to perform on each element of the collection, returns a new collection containing the result of applying that operation to each element of the input collection.

Given the collection of numbers:

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

And the operation:

  • square a number (x => x * x)

Your code should be able to produce the collection of squares:

  • 1, 4, 9, 16, 25

Check out the test suite to see the expected function signature.


Keep your hands off that collect/map/fmap/whatchamacallit functionality provided by your standard library! Solve this one yourself using other basic tools instead.

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defmodule AccumulateTest do
  use ExUnit.Case

  test "accumulate empty list" do
    assert Accumulate.accumulate([], fn n -> n * n end) == []

  @tag :pending
  test "accumulate square numbers" do
    assert Accumulate.accumulate([1, 2, 3], fn n -> n * n end) == [1, 4, 9]

  @tag :pending
  test "accumulate upcased strings" do
    fun = fn w -> String.upcase(w) end
    assert Accumulate.accumulate(["hello", "world"], fun) == ["HELLO", "WORLD"]

  @tag :pending
  test "accumulate reversed strings" do
    fun = fn w -> String.reverse(w) end
    words = ~w(the quick brown fox etc)
    expected = ["eht", "kciuq", "nworb", "xof", "cte"]
    assert Accumulate.accumulate(words, fun) == expected

  @tag :pending
  test "nested accumulate" do
    chars = ~w(a b c)
    nums = ~w(1 2 3)
    fun = fn c -> Accumulate.accumulate(nums, &(c <> &1)) end
    expected = [["a1", "a2", "a3"], ["b1", "b2", "b3"], ["c1", "c2", "c3"]]
    assert Accumulate.accumulate(chars, fun) == expected


ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
defmodule Accumulate do
  @doc """
    Given a list and a function, apply the function to each list item and
    replace it with the function's return value.

    Returns a list.

    ## Examples

      iex> Accumulate.accumulate([], fn(x) -> x * 2 end)

      iex> Accumulate.accumulate([1, 2, 3], fn(x) -> x * 2 end)
      [2, 4, 6]


  @spec accumulate(list, (any -> any)) :: list
  def accumulate([], _), do: []
  def accumulate([head | tail], func) do
    [func.(head) | accumulate(tail, func)]

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