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to Nth Prime in the Lua Track

Published at Jul 13 2018 · 3 comments
Instructions
Test suite
Solution

Given a number n, determine what the nth prime is.

By listing the first six prime numbers: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13, we can see that the 6th prime is 13.

If your language provides methods in the standard library to deal with prime numbers, pretend they don't exist and implement them yourself.

Running the tests

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

Further information

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

Source

A variation on Problem 7 at Project Euler http://projecteuler.net/problem=7

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nth-prime_spec.lua

local nth = require('nth-prime')

describe('nth-prime', function()
  local function benchmark(f)
    local start = os.clock()
    f()
    return os.clock() - start
  end

  it('should give 2 as the first prime', function()
    assert.equal(2, nth(1))
  end)

  it('should give 3 as the second prime', function()
    assert.equal(3, nth(2))
  end)

  it('should be able to calculate the nth prime for small n', function()
    assert.equal(13, nth(6))
  end)

  it('should be able to calculate the nth prime for large n', function()
    assert.equal(104743, nth(10001))
  end)

  it('should be efficient for large n', function()
    local execution_time = benchmark(function()
      nth(10001)
    end)

    assert(execution_time < 1, 'should take less than a second to execute')
  end)

  it('should raise an error for n <= 0', function()
    assert.has_error(function()
      nth(0)
    end)

    assert.has_error(function()
      nth(-1)
    end)
  end)
end)
local function is_prime(number)
  local to = math.sqrt(number)
  for from = 2, to do
    if number % from == 0 then return false end
  end
  return true
end

return function(nth)
  local candidate = 1
  local count = 0
  assert(nth > 0, 'nth should be nature number')

  repeat
    candidate = candidate + 1
    if is_prime(candidate) then count = count + 1 end
  until count == nth

  return candidate 
end

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Avatar of carlospavanetti

An improvement: instead of iterate until to := math.sqrt(number), you could iterate until from² > number. A square is faster than a square root.

Avatar of JaeHyoLee

@carlos-pavanetti yeap you are right. square is faster than a square root :)

Avatar of ryanplusplus

@carlos-pavanetti great catch!

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