The Collatz Conjecture or 3x+1 problem can be summarized as follows:
Take any positive integer n. If n is even, divide n by 2 to get n / 2. If n is odd, multiply n by 3 and add 1 to get 3n + 1. Repeat the process indefinitely. The conjecture states that no matter which number you start with, you will always reach 1 eventually.
Given a number n, return the number of steps required to reach 1.
Starting with n = 12, the steps would be as follows:
Resulting in 9 steps. So for input n = 12, the return value would be 9.
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
# @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
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An unsolved problem in mathematics named after mathematician Lothar Collatz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3x_%2B_1_problem
It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.
defmodule CollatzConjectureTest do use ExUnit.Case test "zero steps for one" do assert CollatzConjecture.calc(1) == 0 end @tag :pending test "zero is an error" do assert_raise FunctionClauseError, fn -> CollatzConjecture.calc(0) end end @tag :pending test "divide if even" do assert CollatzConjecture.calc(16) == 4 end @tag :pending test "even and odd steps" do assert CollatzConjecture.calc(12) == 9 end @tag :pending test "Large number of even and odd steps" do assert CollatzConjecture.calc(1_000_000) == 152 end @tag :pending test "start with odd step" do assert CollatzConjecture.calc(21) == 7 end @tag :pending test "more steps than starting number" do assert CollatzConjecture.calc(7) == 16 end @tag :pending test "negative value is an error " do assert_raise FunctionClauseError, fn -> CollatzConjecture.calc(-15) end end @tag :pending test "string as input value is an error " do assert_raise FunctionClauseError, fn -> CollatzConjecture.calc("fubar") end end end
ExUnit.start() ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
defmodule CollatzConjecture do defguard is_even(value) when is_integer(value) and value > 0 and rem(value, 2) === 0 defguard is_odd(value) when is_integer(value) and value > 0 and rem(value, 2) != 0 @spec calc(input :: pos_integer()) :: non_neg_integer() def calc(1), do: 0 def calc(num) when is_even(num), do: 1 + calc(div(num, 2)) def calc(num) when is_odd(num), do: 1 + calc(num * 3 + 1) def calc(_), do: raise FunctionClauseError end
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