You should solve the problem and write your code in ONE python

file. When you are done, you SHOULD COMPRESS the file into one zip

file and SUBMIT THE COMPRESSED FILE ONLY (for example,

Assignment1.zip). Submission should be made ONLINE through the

PORTAL. NO OTHER FORM OF SUBMISSION will be accepted.

Therefore, if you do not submit online through the portal, you will get ZERO

for this assignment.

Problem: A CONJECTURE

[100 Marks]

Consider the following algorithm:

1. input n

2. print n

3. while n ~= 1

4. if n is odd then n = 3n+1

5. else n = n/2

Given the input 22, the following sequence of numbers will be printed by the above

algorithm:

22 11 34 17 52 26 13 40 20 10 5 16 8 4 2 1

It is conjectured that the algorithm above will terminate (when a 1 is printed) for any

integral input value. Despite the simplicity of the algorithm, it is unknown whether this

conjecture is true. It has been verified, however, for all integers n such that 0 < n <

1,000,000 (and, in fact, for many more numbers than this.)

Given an input n, it is possible to determine the number of numbers printed (including the

1). For a given n this is called the cycle-length of n. In the example above, the cycle

length of 22 is 16.

For any two numbers i and j you are to determine the maximum cycle length over all

numbers between i and j (inclusive).

INPUT SPECIFICATION

The input will consist of a series of pairs of integers i and j (i may be greater than j and

vice-versa). All integers will be less than 1,000,000 and greater than 0.

You should process all pairs of integers and for each pair determine the maximum cycle

length over all integers between and including i and j.

OUTPUT SPECIFICATION

For each pair of input integers i and j you should output the maximum cycle length for

integers between and including i and j. The string to print is as follows:

The Maximum Cycle Length is:

SAMPLE INPUT and OUTPUT

Case 1:

Please Enter the Value for i: 1

Please Enter the Value for j: 10

The Maximum Cycle Length is: 20

Case 2:

Please Enter the Value for i: 100

Please Enter the Value for j: 200

The Maximum Cycle Length is: 125

Case 3:

Please Enter the Value for i: 201

Please Enter the Value for j: 210

The Maximum Cycle Length is: 89

Case 4:

Please Enter the Value for i: 900

Please Enter the Value for j: 1000

The Maximum Cycle Length is: 174

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The original version of this assignment was set as a programming challenge on ACM

(http://acm.uva.es/p/v1/100.html). This is slightly modified in the sense that in the

original problem you have to read from files and you have a time limit within which you

should produce your output.

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## Re: coding in One python file

Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:48 AM

Dream.In.Code has a policy by which we prefer to see a good faith effort on your part before providing source code for homework assignments. Please post the code you have written in an effort to resolve the problem, and our members would be happy to provide some guidance. Be sure to include a description of any errors you are encountering as well.

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## Re: coding in One python file

Posted 08 October 2008 - 12:07 AM

This may help get you off to a running start ...

''' Consider the following algorithm: 1. input n 2. print n 3. while n ~= 1 4. if n is odd then n = 3n+1 5. else n = n/2 Given the input 22, the following sequence of numbers will be printed by the above algorithm: 22 11 34 17 52 26 13 40 20 10 5 16 8 4 2 1 Example program input/output ... Please Enter the Value for i: 1 Please Enter the Value for j: 10 The Maximum Cycle Length is: 20 Please Enter the Value for i: 100 Please Enter the Value for j: 200 The Maximum Cycle Length is: 125 Please Enter the Value for i: 201 Please Enter the Value for j: 210 The Maximum Cycle Length is: 89 Please Enter the Value for i: 900 Please Enter the Value for j: 1000 The Maximum Cycle Length is: 174 ''' def maxCycleLen( i, j ): maxLen =0 # initial to a lower than the lowest value of 1 for n in range (i, j+1): series = [] while n != 1: series.append(n) if n % 2 == 0: n = n/2 else: n = 3*n + 1 series.append(1) # last value of n = 1 cycleLen = len(series) if cycleLen > maxLen: maxLen = cycleLen return maxLen def getIJandShowMax(): while 1: # i.e. loop forever ... until break try: # allow only integers > 0 to be accepted for input ... i = input('Enter i : ') j = input('Enter j : ') if i < 1 or j < 1 or type(i) != int or type(j) != int \ or i >=1000000 or j >=1000000: raise # an exception ... break # ok ... since no exception raised, we have good data except: print 'NOT valid input. Enter only integers in the range ' \ '1..999999.' if i > j: # then swap ... j,i = i,j maxLen = maxCycleLen( i, j ) print 'Max cycle length is', maxLen while 1: getIJandShowMax() reply = raw_input( 'More y/n ? ' ) if reply in 'nN' and not reply == '': break

This post has been edited by **David W**: 08 October 2008 - 12:46 AM

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