## Billboard Challenge, Part 1

### June 22, 2012

There are several ways to solve this problem. If you have access to a DNS server, you could extract all the 10-digit.com names, test each for primality, and look at each one until you find the likely solution. Or you could find the digits of *e* at any of several places on the web and test each successive 10-digits until you find a prime.

But since we just happen to have at hand an unbounded spigot generator for the digits of *e*, we can use it to solve the problem:

`(define (billboard1)`

(let loop ((i 0) (n (e-spigot)))

(if (and (< #e1e9 n) (prime? n)) (values i n)

(loop (+ i 1) (+ (* 10 (modulo n #e1e9)) (e-spigot))))))

The first 10-digit prime occurs early in the digits of *e*:

`> (billboard1)`

108

7427466391

We used a simple primality checker based on trial division and `define-generator`

from a previous exercise. You can run the program at http://programmingpraxis.codepad.org/VDTr8wO7.

The web site 7427466391.com no longer exists. If you went to the web site back in 2004, when it was active, it gave you a second problem to solve, which we will see in the next exercise.

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My Haskell solution (see http://bonsaicode.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/programming-praxis-billboard-challenge-part-1/ for a version with comments):

Python solution

At first I didn’t check to make sure ‘number’ had 10 digits, and it found a ‘0’ followed by a 9-digit prime.

e_digits() and is_prime() come from previous exercises

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I’m falling in love with Python. This takes a while to run because it doesn’t evaluate lazily, but that’s a consequence of my structure phobia.