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Determine if a number is perfect, abundant, or deficient based on Nicomachus' (60 - 120 CE) classification scheme for natural numbers.

The Greek mathematician Nicomachus devised a classification scheme for natural numbers, identifying each as belonging uniquely to the categories of perfect, abundant, or deficient based on their aliquot sum. The aliquot sum is defined as the sum of the factors of a number not including the number itself. For example, the aliquot sum of 15 is (1 + 3 + 5) = 9

  • Perfect: aliquot sum = number
    • 6 is a perfect number because (1 + 2 + 3) = 6
    • 28 is a perfect number because (1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14) = 28
  • Abundant: aliquot sum > number
    • 12 is an abundant number because (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6) = 16
    • 24 is an abundant number because (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 12) = 36
  • Deficient: aliquot sum < number
    • 8 is a deficient number because (1 + 2 + 4) = 7
    • Prime numbers are deficient

Implement a way to determine whether a given number is perfect. Depending on your language track, you may also need to implement a way to determine whether a given number is abundant or deficient.

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'1_smallest_perfect_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Smallest perfect number is classified "
     ?_assertEqual(perfect, perfect_numbers:classify(6))}.

'2_medium_perfect_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Medium perfect number is classified "
     ?_assertEqual(perfect, perfect_numbers:classify(28))}.

'3_large_perfect_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Large perfect number is classified correctly",

'4_smallest_abundant_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Smallest abundant number is classified "
     ?_assertEqual(abundant, perfect_numbers:classify(12))}.

'5_medium_abundant_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Medium abundant number is classified "
     ?_assertEqual(abundant, perfect_numbers:classify(30))}.

'6_large_abundant_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Large abundant number is classified "

'7_smallest_prime_deficient_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Smallest prime deficient number is classified "
     ?_assertEqual(deficient, perfect_numbers:classify(2))}.

'8_smallest_non_prime_deficient_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Smallest non-prime deficient number "
     "is classified correctly",
     ?_assertEqual(deficient, perfect_numbers:classify(4))}.

'9_medium_deficient_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Medium deficient number is classified "
     ?_assertEqual(deficient, perfect_numbers:classify(32))}.

'10_large_deficient_number_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Large deficient number is classified "

'11_edge_case_no_factors_other_than_itself_is_classified_correctly_test_'() ->
    {"Edge case (no factors other than itself) "
     "is classified correctly",
     ?_assertEqual(deficient, perfect_numbers:classify(1))}.

'12_zero_is_rejected_as_it_is_not_a_positive_integer_test_'() ->
    {"Zero is rejected (as it is not a positive "
     ?_assertError(_, perfect_numbers:classify(0))}.

'13_negative_integer_is_rejected_as_it_is_not_a_positive_integer_test_'() ->
    {"Negative integer is rejected (as it "
     "is not a positive integer)",
     ?_assertError(_, perfect_numbers:classify(-1))}.


classify(Number) when Number > 0 ->
  case lists:sum(factors_of_number(Number)) of
    Sum when Sum == Number -> perfect;
    Sum when Sum > Number -> abundant;
    Sum when Sum < Number -> deficient

factors_of_number(Number) -> factors_of_number(Number, Number - 1, []).

factors_of_number(_Number, 0, Factors) ->
factors_of_number(Number, Factor, Factors) when Number rem Factor == 0 ->
  factors_of_number(Number, Factor - 1, [Factor | Factors]);
factors_of_number(Number, Factor, Factors) ->
  factors_of_number(Number, Factor - 1, Factors).

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