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  1. Shane
    Tuesday, September 2213, 2009

    Just an FYI, range returns a lazy seq of nums from start (inclusive) to end (exclusive).
    So (range 1 1000) will return 1 – 999. You don’t need to do (- limit 1).

  2. Jess Johnson
    Tuesday, September 2212, 2009

    @Shane Wooops. Thanks for the correction. I’ve updated the code.

  3. Patrick Logan
    Tuesday, September 2205, 2009

    Another solution for #1…

    (reduce + (into #{} (concat (range 3 1000 3) (range 5 1000 5))))

  4. Alen
    Tuesday, September 2231, 2009

    Problem 2

    #(zero? (mod % 2))

    How about more elegant

    #(even? %)

    There is also companion odd? predicate.


  5. Patrick Logan
    Tuesday, September 2247, 2009

    without the concat…

    (reduce + (into (into #{} (range 3 1000 3)) (range 5 1000 5)))

  6. Alen
    Thursday, September 2457, 2009


    Your solution to the problem 3 looks pretty good. If I may make a suggestion though.
    Instead of doing self-recursion by calling the function directly, use the more efficient self-recursion using the loop / recur combination. Direct self-recursion on function will blow the stack on larger numbers.

    Here are the changes to your version:

    (defn factor [num]
    (loop [n num cur 2]
    (if (= n cur)
    (if (zero? (mod n cur))
    (recur (/ n cur) cur)
    (recur n (inc cur))))))

    Also note how I moved the “cur” from function parameter to loop bindings.

    Oh and by the way, loop/recur is far more efficient.

    Old ver:
    “Elapsed time: 21.654 msecs”

    New ver with loop/recur:
    “Elapsed time: 3.302 msecs”


  7. Programming Praxis
    Friday, October 201, 2009

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  8. klang
    Tuesday, October 1907, 2010

    With the following small changes, the code runs even faster:

    (defn factor [num]
    (loop [n num cur 2]
    (if (= n cur)
    (if (zero? (rem n cur))
    (recur (quot n cur) cur)
    (recur n (inc cur))))))


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