Published at Aug 25 2019
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Solution

Convert a binary number, represented as a string (e.g. '101010'), to its decimal equivalent using first principles.

Implement binary to decimal conversion. Given a binary input string, your program should produce a decimal output. The program should handle invalid inputs.

- Implement the conversion yourself. Do not use something else to perform the conversion for you.

Decimal is a base-10 system.

A number 23 in base 10 notation can be understood as a linear combination of powers of 10:

- The rightmost digit gets multiplied by 10^0 = 1
- The next number gets multiplied by 10^1 = 10
- ...
- The
*n*th number gets multiplied by 10^*(n-1)*. - All these values are summed.

So: `23 => 2*10^1 + 3*10^0 => 2*10 + 3*1 = 23 base 10`

Binary is similar, but uses powers of 2 rather than powers of 10.

So: `101 => 1*2^2 + 0*2^1 + 1*2^0 => 1*4 + 0*2 + 1*1 => 4 + 1 => 5 base 10`

.

Execute the tests with:

```
$ mix test
```

In the test suites, all but the first test have been skipped.

Once you get a test passing, you can unskip the next one by
commenting out the relevant `@tag :pending`

with a `#`

symbol.

For example:

```
# @tag :pending
test "shouting" do
assert Bob.hey("WATCH OUT!") == "Whoa, chill out!"
end
```

Or, you can enable all the tests by commenting out the
`ExUnit.configure`

line in the test suite.

```
# ExUnit.configure exclude: :pending, trace: true
```

If you're stuck on something, it may help to look at some of the available resources out there where answers might be found.

All of Computer Science http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=binary&a=*C.binary-_*MathWorld-

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

```
defmodule BinaryTest do
use ExUnit.Case
# @tag :pending
test "binary 1 is decimal 1" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("1") == 1
end
@tag :pending
test "binary 10 is decimal 2" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("10") == 2
end
@tag :pending
test "binary 11 is decimal 3" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("11") == 3
end
@tag :pending
test "binary 100 is decimal 4" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("100") == 4
end
@tag :pending
test "binary 1001 is decimal 9" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("1001") == 9
end
@tag :pending
test "binary 11010 is decimal 26" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("11010") == 26
end
@tag :pending
test "binary 10001101000 is decimal 1128" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("10001101000") == 1128
end
@tag :pending
test "invalid binary is decimal 0" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("carrot") == 0
end
@tag :pending
test "invalid binary is decimal 0 II" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("convert01") == 0
end
@tag :pending
test "invalid binary is decimal 0 III" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("10convert") == 0
end
@tag :pending
test "invalid binary is decimal 0 IV" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("1carrot0") == 0
end
@tag :pending
test "22 is not a binary number" do
assert Binary.to_decimal("22") == 0
end
end
```

```
ExUnit.start()
ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
```

```
defmodule Binary do
@binary_string ~r/\A[01]+\z/
@base 2
@invalid_binary 0
@doc """
Convert a string containing a binary number to an integer.
On errors returns 0.
"""
@spec to_decimal(String.t()) :: non_neg_integer
def to_decimal(string) do
if String.match?(string, @binary_string) do
string
|> String.codepoints()
|> Enum.reverse()
|> Enum.with_index()
|> Enum.reduce(0, &add_decimal_value/2)
else
@invalid_binary
end
end
defp add_decimal_value({bit, index}, acc) do
acc + String.to_integer(bit) * :math.pow(@base, index)
end
end
```

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