## Fibonacci Primes

### October 29, 2010

A recent programming challenge asked you to solve the following problem:

Find the smallest prime fibonacci number greater than a given input number. Add one to that fibonacci prime, find the factors of the result, and return the sum of the factors. For instance, if the input number is 10, the smallest fibonacci prime greater than 10 is 13, the factors of 13 + 1 = 14 are 2 and 7, and their sum is 9.

Your task is to write a function to solve that problem, then apply your function to the input number 227000. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

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My Haskell solution (see http://bonsaicode.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/programming-praxis-fibonacci-primes/ for a version with comments):

I admit, I used Sage’s (see sagemath.org) sweet built-in routines when working on the Greplin Challenge.

It’s certainly cheating. Congrats to Remco on the impressive Haskell, and you for your Scheme prowess and

excellent blog.

Damn, my code is so similar to Remco’s:

import qualified Data.Numbers.Primes as P

fibs :: [Integer]

fibs = 0:1:zipWith (+) fibs (tail fibs)

smallestFibPrimeAfter :: Integer -> Integer

smallestFibPrimeAfter lowBound = head . dropWhile (\a -> not . P.isPrime $ a) . filter (>lowBound) $ fibs

factors :: Integer -> [Integer]

factors x = 1:factors' x 2

where

factors' n f | f >= (n `div` 2) = [n]

| n `mod` f == 0 = f:factors' (n `div` f) (f+1)

| otherwise = factors' n (f+1)

`main :: IO ()`

main = print . show . sum . factors . (+ 1) . smallestFibPrimeAfter $ 227000

;; The question’s specification is incomplete.

;; You want the (unique) *prime* factors, not the factors (divisors)

;; I read the specification as (factors 12) => (1 2 3 4 6 12)

;; while you expected (factors 12) => (2 3)

;; With regard to this issue,the example given is of no help at all

;; since 14 is the product of two primes.

;; Tail recursive

(define (fib n #!optional (g 0) (d 1))

(if (= 0 n)

g

(fib (- n 1) d (+ g d))))

;; Excluding 1 and oneself

;; Quite naive, but not completely

(define (factors n)

(let ((tmax (floor (sqrt n))))

(let loop ((i 2))

(if (> i tmax)

‘()

(if (zero? (modulo n i))

(cons i (cons (quotient n i) (loop (+ i 1))))

(loop (+ i 1)))))))

;; Unefficient, since we’ve already done most computations

(define (prime? n)

(and (not (= 1 n)) (null? (factors n))))

(define (run n)

(let loop ((i 2))

(let ((f (fib i)))

(if (>= f n)

(if (null? (factors f)) ;; prime

(apply + (filter prime? (factors (+ 1 f))) )

(loop (+ i 1)))

(loop (+ i 1))))))

(run 227000) ;; => 352

ruby solution (http://codepad.org/zOatd6NO)

A version in Perl that works for bigints. E.g.

I reused some bits I wrote for a parallel Fibonacci prime finder. The Fn optimization is interesting but not that useful here. The fib generator could simpler for this code. You need the Math::Prime::Util::GMP module installed to make bigint factoring work at reasonable speeds (or use Math::Pari). Math::Primality and Math::Pari could be used for primality testing instead.