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to Collatz Conjecture in the Julia 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.


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

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# canonical data version: 1.2.1

using Test


# canonical data
@testset "Canonical data" begin
    @test collatz_steps(1) == 0
    @test collatz_steps(16) == 4
    @test collatz_steps(12) == 9
    @test collatz_steps(1000000) == 152
    @test_throws DomainError collatz_steps(0)
    @test_throws DomainError collatz_steps(-15)
function collatz_steps(n)
    n <= 0 && throw(DomainError("n must be nonnegative"))
    steps = 0
    while n != 1
        steps += 1
        n = iseven(n) ? n ÷ 2 : n = 3n + 1
    return steps

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