Project Euler – Problem 77 Solution

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It is possible to write ten as the sum of primes in exactly five different ways:

7 + 3

5 + 5

5 + 3 + 2

3 + 3 + 2 + 2

2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2

What is the first value which can be written as the sum of primes in over five thousand different ways?


// generate all prime numbers under <= this max
let max = 1000
let mutable primeNumbers = &#91;2&#93;

// only check the prime numbers which are <= the square root of the number n
let hasDivisor n =
    |> Seq.takeWhile (fun n' -> n' <= int(sqrt(double(n))))
    |> Seq.exists (fun n' -> n % n' = 0)

// only check odd numbers <= max
let potentialPrimes = Seq.unfold (fun n -> if n > max then None else Some(n, n+2)) 3

// populate the prime numbers list
for n in potentialPrimes do if not(hasDivisor n) then primeNumbers <- primeNumbers @ &#91;n&#93;
let isPrime n = if n = 1 then false else not(hasDivisor(n))

// implement the coin change algorithm
let rec count n m (coins:int list) =
    if n = 0 then 1
    else if n < 0 then 0
    else if (m <= 0 && n >= 1) then 0
    else (count n (m-1) coins) + (count (n-coins.[m-1]) m coins)

let answer =
    let tuple =
        Seq.unfold (fun state -> Some(state, state+1)) 10
        |> (fun n -> (n, primeNumbers |> Seq.filter (fun n' -> n' < n) |> Seq.cache))
        |> Seq.filter (fun (n, l) -> count n (Seq.length l) (Seq.toList l) > 5000)
        |> Seq.head

    fst tuple

Yet another twist to problem 31 and problem 76, this time the coin change algorithm will be supplied with only prime numbers less than n.

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