Posts Tagged ‘python’

Project Euler Challenge #3 : Finding Primes

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Finally, it gets interesting. Below is my third attempt on this problem, the first taking so long to complete that I improved it before its first iteration, and the second just wasn’t good enough.

def find_primes(number):
	"""Returns a set of primes"""
	primes = set()
	if number != int(number):
		raise Exception('Must be int') # Improve this
	if number < 4:
		return primes
	i = 2
	while number > 1:
		while number % i == 0:
			number = number / i
		i += 1
	return primes

In this solution, I learned some basic uses for python’s set builtin. I’m a better person today.

Project Euler Challenge #2 : Fibonacci Sums

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Another straightforward challenge: find the sum of all even numbers in the Fibonacci sequence less than four million.

 def even_fib_sum(limit = 10):
	num = 2
	pre = 1
	tot = 2
	while num < limit:
		num += pre
		pre = num - pre
		if num % 2 == 0:
			tot += num
	return tot

Yeah, yawn.

Project Euler Challenge #1 : Threes and Fives

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

So I’ve been trying to improve my coding technique while thinking about some fun math problems, and Project Euler¬†will help me achieve exactly that. It’s unfortunate that they were hacked recent, so a lot of their functionality has been removed, but it will still confirm your answer.

My rules for these challenges:

  1. Searching Google for answers or algorithms is not allowed.
  2. Searching Google for builtin language libraries is allowed.
  3. After a solution is found, the first rule can be ignored (provided advance knowledge of future challenges is not present).

Anyway, below is Challenge #1 by me. This was pretty straightforward and brute-force, but it works. The only interesting thing I’m doing here is playing with the flexible definitions of True/False.

def euler1(n=1000):
    """Returns the sum of all numbers that possess either three or five as factors."""
    for i in range(n):
        if not ((i % 3) * (i % 5)):
            s += i
    return s