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Published at Aug 26 2018
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Test suite

Solution

Given two buckets of different size, demonstrate how to measure an exact number of liters by strategically transferring liters of fluid between the buckets.

Since this mathematical problem is fairly subject to interpretation / individual approach, the tests have been written specifically to expect one overarching solution.

To help, the tests provide you with which bucket to fill first. That means, when starting with the larger bucket full, you are NOT allowed at any point to have the smaller bucket full and the larger bucket empty (aka, the opposite starting point); that would defeat the purpose of comparing both approaches!

Your program will take as input:

- the size of bucket one
- the size of bucket two
- the desired number of liters to reach
- which bucket to fill first, either bucket one or bucket two

Your program should determine:

- the total number of "moves" it should take to reach the desired number of liters, including the first fill
- which bucket should end up with the desired number of liters (let's say this is bucket A) - either bucket one or bucket two
- how many liters are left in the other bucket (bucket B)

Note: any time a change is made to either or both buckets counts as one (1) move.

Example: Bucket one can hold up to 7 liters, and bucket two can hold up to 11 liters. Let's say bucket one, at a given step, is holding 7 liters, and bucket two is holding 8 liters (7,8). If you empty bucket one and make no change to bucket two, leaving you with 0 liters and 8 liters respectively (0,8), that counts as one "move". Instead, if you had poured from bucket one into bucket two until bucket two was full, leaving you with 4 liters in bucket one and 11 liters in bucket two (4,11), that would count as only one "move" as well.

To conclude, the only valid moves are:

- pouring from one bucket to another
- emptying one bucket and doing nothing to the other
- filling one bucket and doing nothing to the other

Written with <3 at Fullstack Academy by Lindsay Levine.

To run the tests, run the command `dotnet test`

from within the exercise directory.

For more detailed information about the F# track, including how to get help if you're having trouble, please visit the exercism.io F# language page.

Water Pouring Problem http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/WaterPouringProblem/

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```
// This file was auto-generated based on version 1.4.0 of the canonical data.
module TwoBucketTest
open FsUnit.Xunit
open Xunit
open TwoBucket
[<Fact>]
let ``Measure using bucket one of size 3 and bucket two of size 5 - start with bucket one`` () =
let bucketOne = 3
let bucketTwo = 5
let goal = 1
let startBucket = Bucket.One
let expected = { Moves = 4; GoalBucket = Bucket.One; OtherBucket = 5 }
measure bucketOne bucketTwo goal startBucket |> should equal expected
[<Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")>]
let ``Measure using bucket one of size 3 and bucket two of size 5 - start with bucket two`` () =
let bucketOne = 3
let bucketTwo = 5
let goal = 1
let startBucket = Bucket.Two
let expected = { Moves = 8; GoalBucket = Bucket.Two; OtherBucket = 3 }
measure bucketOne bucketTwo goal startBucket |> should equal expected
[<Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")>]
let ``Measure using bucket one of size 7 and bucket two of size 11 - start with bucket one`` () =
let bucketOne = 7
let bucketTwo = 11
let goal = 2
let startBucket = Bucket.One
let expected = { Moves = 14; GoalBucket = Bucket.One; OtherBucket = 11 }
measure bucketOne bucketTwo goal startBucket |> should equal expected
[<Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")>]
let ``Measure using bucket one of size 7 and bucket two of size 11 - start with bucket two`` () =
let bucketOne = 7
let bucketTwo = 11
let goal = 2
let startBucket = Bucket.Two
let expected = { Moves = 18; GoalBucket = Bucket.Two; OtherBucket = 7 }
measure bucketOne bucketTwo goal startBucket |> should equal expected
[<Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")>]
let ``Measure one step using bucket one of size 1 and bucket two of size 3 - start with bucket two`` () =
let bucketOne = 1
let bucketTwo = 3
let goal = 3
let startBucket = Bucket.Two
let expected = { Moves = 1; GoalBucket = Bucket.Two; OtherBucket = 0 }
measure bucketOne bucketTwo goal startBucket |> should equal expected
[<Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")>]
let ``Measure using bucket one of size 2 and bucket two of size 3 - start with bucket one and end with bucket two`` () =
let bucketOne = 2
let bucketTwo = 3
let goal = 3
let startBucket = Bucket.One
let expected = { Moves = 2; GoalBucket = Bucket.Two; OtherBucket = 2 }
measure bucketOne bucketTwo goal startBucket |> should equal expected
```

```
module TwoBucket
type Bucket = | One = 1 | Two = 2
type Outcome = { Moves:int; GoalBucket:Bucket; OtherBucket:int }
let exchange (b1,b2) (_,m2) =
let nb2 = if b2 + b1 > m2 then m2 else b2 + b1
let nb1 = if b2 + b1 <= m2 then 0 else b1 - (m2 - b2)
(nb1, nb2)
let exchangeBack (b1,b2) (m1,_) =
let (r2, r1) = exchange (b2,b1) (0,m1)
(r1, r2)
let rec test moves (m1,m2) target forbidden current : Outcome option =
let newmoves = moves @ [current]
match current with
| (b1,b2) when b1 = target ->
Some { Moves = newmoves.Length; GoalBucket = Bucket.One; OtherBucket = b2 }
| (b1,b2) when b2 = target ->
Some { Moves = newmoves.Length; GoalBucket = Bucket.Two; OtherBucket = b1 }
| (b1,b2) ->
[(b1,0);(0,b2);(m1,b2);(b1,m2);exchange (b1,b2) (m1,m2);exchangeBack (b1,b2) (m1,m2)]
|> List.filter (fun o -> List.contains o newmoves |> not && o <> forbidden)
|> List.map (test newmoves (m1,m2) target forbidden)
|> List.choose id |> List.sortBy (fun r -> r.Moves) |> List.tryHead
let measure size1 size2 target (start:Bucket) : Outcome =
let buckets = if start = Bucket.One then (size1,0) else (0,size2)
let forbidden = if start = Bucket.One then (0,size2) else (size1,0)
test [] (size1, size2) target forbidden buckets
|> function
| Some r -> r
| None -> failwith "Unsolvable"
```

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