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Instructions

Test suite

Solution

Correctly determine the fewest number of coins to be given to a customer such that the sum of the coins' value would equal the correct amount of change.

- An input of 15 with [1, 5, 10, 25, 100] should return one nickel (5) and one dime (10) or [0, 1, 1, 0, 0]
- An input of 40 with [1, 5, 10, 25, 100] should return one nickel (5) and one dime (10) and one quarter (25) or [0, 1, 1, 1, 0]

- Does your algorithm work for any given set of coins?
- Can you ask for negative change?
- Can you ask for a change value smaller than the smallest coin value?

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Software Craftsmanship - Coin Change Kata https://web.archive.org/web/20130115115225/http://craftsmanship.sv.cmu.edu:80/exercises/coin-change-kata

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

```
import org.scalatest.{Matchers, FunSuite}
/** @version 1.2.0 */
class ChangeTest extends FunSuite with Matchers {
test("single coin change") {
Change.findFewestCoins(25, List(1, 5, 10, 25, 100)) should be (Some(List(25)))
}
test("multiple coin change") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(15, List(1, 5, 10, 25, 100)) should be (Some(List(5, 10)))
}
test("change with Lilliputian Coins") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(23, List(1, 4, 15, 20, 50)) should be (Some(List(4, 4, 15)))
}
test("change with Lower Elbonia Coins") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(63, List(1, 5, 10, 21, 25)) should be (Some(List(21, 21, 21)))
}
test("large target values") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(999, List(1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100)) should be (Some(List(2, 2, 5, 20, 20, 50, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100)))
}
test("possible change without unit coins available") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(21, List(2, 5, 10, 20, 50)) should be (Some(List(2, 2, 2, 5, 10)))
}
test("another possible change without unit coins available") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(27, List(4, 5)) should be (Some(List(4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5)))
}
test("no coins make 0 change") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(0, List(1, 5, 10, 21, 25)) should be (Some(List()))
}
test("error testing for change smaller than the smallest of coins") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(3, List(5, 10)) should be (None)
}
test("error if no combination can add up to target") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(94, List(5, 10)) should be (None)
}
test("cannot find negative change values") {
pending
Change.findFewestCoins(-5, List(1, 2, 5)) should be (None)
}
}
```

```
object Change {
def findFewestCoins(amount: Int, coins: Seq[Int]): Option[Seq[Int]] = {
findFewestCoins2(amount, coins.sorted(Ordering.Int.reverse)).map(_.sorted)
}
private def findFewestCoins2(amount: Int, coins: Seq[Int]): Option[Seq[Int]] = {
if (amount == 0) Some(Nil)
else if (coins.isEmpty || amount < 0) None
else {
val coin = coins.head
val options = ((amount / coin) to 1 by -1).toStream
val validResults = options.flatMap { count => spendCoins(amount, coin, count, coins.tail) }.headOption
val validResultsWithoutThisCoin = findFewestCoins2(amount, coins.tail).toSeq
(validResults.toSeq ++ validResultsWithoutThisCoin)
.sortBy(_.length)
.headOption
}
}
private def spendCoins(amount: Int, coin: Int, count: Int, rest: Seq[Int]) = {
val spent = (1 to count).map(_ => coin)
findFewestCoins2(amount - (count * coin), rest).map(rest => spent ++ rest)
}
}
```

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