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to All Your Base in the Elixir Track

Published at Nov 04 2019 · 2 comments
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Test suite
Solution

Convert a number, represented as a sequence of digits in one base, to any other base.

Implement general base conversion. Given a number in base a, represented as a sequence of digits, convert it to base b.

Note

  • Try to implement the conversion yourself. Do not use something else to perform the conversion for you.

About Positional Notation

In positional notation, a number in base b can be understood as a linear combination of powers of b.

The number 42, in base 10, means:

(4 * 10^1) + (2 * 10^0)

The number 101010, in base 2, means:

(1 * 2^5) + (0 * 2^4) + (1 * 2^3) + (0 * 2^2) + (1 * 2^1) + (0 * 2^0)

The number 1120, in base 3, means:

(1 * 3^3) + (1 * 3^2) + (2 * 3^1) + (0 * 3^0)

I think you got the idea!

Yes. Those three numbers above are exactly the same. Congratulations!

Running tests

Execute the tests with:

$ mix test

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  assert Bob.hey("WATCH OUT!") == "Whoa, chill out!"
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all_your_base_test.exs

defmodule AllYourBaseTest do
  use ExUnit.Case

  test "convert single bit one to decimal" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1], 2, 10) == [1]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert binary to single decimal" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1, 0, 1], 2, 10) == [5]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert single decimal to binary" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([5], 10, 2) == [1, 0, 1]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert binary to multiple decimal" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0], 2, 10) == [4, 2]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert decimal to binary" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([4, 2], 10, 2) == [1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert trinary to hexadecimal" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1, 1, 2, 0], 3, 16) == [2, 10]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert hexadecimal to trinary" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([2, 10], 16, 3) == [1, 1, 2, 0]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert 15-bit integer" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([3, 46, 60], 97, 73) == [6, 10, 45]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert empty list" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([], 2, 10) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert single zero" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([0], 10, 2) == [0]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert multiple zeros" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([0, 0, 0], 10, 2) == [0]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert leading zeros" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([0, 6, 0], 7, 10) == [4, 2]
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert first base is one" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([0], 1, 10) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert first base is zero" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([], 0, 10) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert first base is negative" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1], -2, 10) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert negative digit" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1, -1, 1, 0, 1, 0], 2, 10) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert invalid positive digit" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1, 2, 1, 0, 1, 0], 2, 10) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert second base is one" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0], 2, 1) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert second base is zero" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([7], 10, 0) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert second base is negative" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1], 2, -7) == nil
  end

  @tag :pending
  test "convert both bases are negative" do
    assert AllYourBase.convert([1], -2, -7) == nil
  end
end

test_helper.exs

ExUnit.start()
ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
defmodule AllYourBase do
  @spec convert(list, integer, integer) :: list | nil
  def convert([], _, _), do: nil
  def convert(_, base_a, base_b) when base_a < 2 or base_b < 2, do: nil
  def convert(digits, base_a, base_b) do
    cond do
      Enum.all?(digits, & &1 === 0) -> [0]
      Enum.any?(digits, & &1 < 0 or &1 >= base_a) -> nil
      true -> digits |> to_base10(base_a) |> from_base10(base_b)
    end
  end

  defp to_base10([], _), do: 0
  defp to_base10([digit | rest] = digits, base),
    do: (digit * pow(base, length(digits) - 1)) + to_base10(rest, base)

  defp pow(base, exponent),
    do: base |> :math.pow(exponent) |> round()

  defp from_base10(0, _), do: []
  defp from_base10(digit, base),
    do: from_base10(div(digit, base), base) ++ [rem(digit, base)]
end

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Avatar of Gerrit

Just, to let you now:

https://github.com/cj1128/exercism-elixir/blob/master/all-your-base/all-your-base.exs#L15

This part, I find supper. He don't work with the pow function.

def to_base10(digits, base) do digits |> Enum.reduce(fn x, acc -> acc * base + x end) end

Avatar of thekeele

Interesting, it's hard to wrap my head around that solution. I suspect the program is faster without pow?

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