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to All Your Base in the Lua Track

Published at Jul 13 2018 · 0 comments
Instructions
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Solution

Convert a number, represented as a sequence of digits in one base, to any other base.

Implement general base conversion. Given a number in base a, represented as a sequence of digits, convert it to base b.

Note

  • Try to implement the conversion yourself. Do not use something else to perform the conversion for you.

About Positional Notation

In positional notation, a number in base b can be understood as a linear combination of powers of b.

The number 42, in base 10, means:

(4 * 10^1) + (2 * 10^0)

The number 101010, in base 2, means:

(1 * 2^5) + (0 * 2^4) + (1 * 2^3) + (0 * 2^2) + (1 * 2^1) + (0 * 2^0)

The number 1120, in base 3, means:

(1 * 3^3) + (1 * 3^2) + (2 * 3^1) + (0 * 3^0)

I think you got the idea!

Yes. Those three numbers above are exactly the same. Congratulations!

Running the tests

To run the tests, run the command busted from within the exercise directory.

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all-your-base_spec.lua

local all_your_base = require 'all-your-base'

describe('all-your-base', function()
  it('should convert a single binary digit to a single decimal digit', function()
    assert.are.same({ 1 }, all_your_base.convert({ 1 }, 2).to(10))
  end)

  it('should convert multiple binary digits to a single decimal digit', function()
    assert.are.same({ 5 }, all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1 }, 2).to(10))
  end)

  it('should convert a single decimal digit to binary', function()
    assert.are.same({ 1, 0, 1 }, all_your_base.convert({ 5 }, 10).to(2))
  end)

  it('should convert binary to decimal', function()
    assert.are.same({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, all_your_base.convert({ 4, 2 }, 10).to(2))
  end)

  it('should convert decimal to binary', function()
    assert.are.same({ 4, 2 }, all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 2).to(10))
  end)

  it('should convert trinary to hexadecimal', function()
    assert.are.same({ 2, 10 }, all_your_base.convert({ 1, 1, 2, 0 }, 3).to(16))
  end)

  it('should convert hexadecimal to trinary', function()
    assert.are.same({ 1, 1, 2, 0 }, all_your_base.convert({ 2, 10 }, 16).to(3))
  end)

  it('should convert between large bases', function()
    assert.are.same({ 6, 10, 45 }, all_your_base.convert({ 3, 46, 60 }, 97).to(73))
  end)

  it('should convert no digits to 0', function()
    assert.are.same({ 0 }, all_your_base.convert({ }, 2).to(10))
  end)

  it('should convert no digits to 0', function()
    assert.are.same({ 0 }, all_your_base.convert({ }, 10).to(2))
  end)

  it('should convert multiple 0 digits to 0', function()
    assert.are.same({ 0 }, all_your_base.convert({ 0, 0, 0 }, 10).to(2))
  end)

  it('should ignore leading zeros', function()
    assert.are.same({ 4, 2 }, all_your_base.convert({ 0, 6, 0 }, 7).to(10))
  end)

  it('should not allow negative digits', function()
    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, -1, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 2).to(10)
    end, 'negative digits are not allowed')
  end)

  it('should not allow digits that are out of range', function()
    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, 2, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 2).to(10)
    end, 'digit out of range')
  end)

  it('should not allow an input base less than 2', function()
    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, -1).to(10)
    end, 'invalid input base')

    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 0).to(10)
    end, 'invalid input base')

    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 1).to(10)
    end, 'invalid input base')
  end)

  it('should not allow an output base less than 2', function()
    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 2).to(-1)
    end, 'invalid output base')

    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 2).to(0)
    end, 'invalid output base')

    assert.has_error(function()
      all_your_base.convert({ 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0 }, 2).to(1)
    end, 'invalid output base')
  end)
end)
local function to_decimal(num_tbl, old_base)
  local new_num = 0
  for index, digit in ipairs(num_tbl) do
    assert(digit >= 0, 'negative digits are not allowed')
    assert(digit < old_base, 'digit out of range')
    new_num = new_num + digit * (old_base^(#num_tbl - index))
  end
  return new_num
end

local function to_new_base(num, new_base)
  local new_num = {}
  while num > 0 do
    table.insert(new_num, 1, num % new_base)
    num = num // new_base
  end
  if #new_num == 0 then return {0} else return new_num end
end

local function convert_num(old_num_tbl, base)
  if base < 2 then error('invalid input base') end
  return {
    to = function(new_base)
    assert(new_base > 1, 'invalid output base')
    return to_new_base(to_decimal(old_num_tbl, base), new_base)
  end}
end

return {convert = convert_num}

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