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to Collatz Conjecture in the Elm Track

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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:

  1. 12
  2. 6
  3. 3
  4. 10
  5. 5
  6. 16
  7. 8
  8. 4
  9. 2
  10. 1

Resulting in 9 steps. So for input n = 12, the return value would be 9.

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An unsolved problem in mathematics named after mathematician Lothar Collatz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3x_%2B_1_problem

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module Tests exposing (tests)

import CollatzConjecture exposing (collatz)
import Expect
import Test exposing (..)

tests : Test
tests =
    describe "CollatzConjecture tests"
        [ test "zero steps for one" <|
            \() ->
                Expect.equal (Ok 0) (collatz 1)

        -- Once you get the first test passing, remove the
        -- `skip <|` (just leave the comma) on the next
        -- lines to continue!
        , skip <|
            test "divide if even" <|
                \() ->
                    Expect.equal (Ok 4) (collatz 16)
        , skip <|
            test "even and odd step" <|
                \() ->
                    Expect.equal (Ok 9) (collatz 12)
        , skip <|
            test "Large number of even and odd step" <|
                \() ->
                    Expect.equal (Ok 152) (collatz 1000000)
        , skip <|
            test "zero is an error" <|
                \() ->
                    Expect.equal (Err "Only positive numbers are allowed") (collatz 0)
        , skip <|
            test "negative values is an error" <|
                \() ->
                    Expect.equal (Err "Only positive numbers are allowed") (collatz -15)
module CollatzConjecture exposing (collatz)

-- from https://exercism.io/tracks/elm/exercises/collatz-conjecture/solutions/86afd7251cc2422092097e0588adb5db

collatz : Int -> Result String Int
collatz start =
    if start <= 0 then
        Err "Only positive numbers are allowed"

        Ok (collazPos start)

collazPos n =
    if n == 1 then

            + (if isEven n then
                collazPos (n // 2)

                collazPos (3 * n + 1)

isEven n =
    modBy 2 n == 0

isOdd n =
    not (isEven n)

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