To try and encourage more sales of different books from a popular 5 book series, a bookshop has decided to offer discounts on multiple book purchases.
One copy of any of the five books costs $8.
If, however, you buy two different books, you get a 5% discount on those two books.
If you buy 3 different books, you get a 10% discount.
If you buy 4 different books, you get a 20% discount.
If you buy all 5, you get a 25% discount.
Note: that if you buy four books, of which 3 are different titles, you get a 10% discount on the 3 that form part of a set, but the fourth book still costs $8.
Your mission is to write a piece of code to calculate the price of any conceivable shopping basket (containing only books of the same series), giving as big a discount as possible.
For example, how much does this basket of books cost?
- 2 copies of the first book
- 2 copies of the second book
- 2 copies of the third book
- 1 copy of the fourth book
- 1 copy of the fifth book
One way of grouping these 8 books is:
- 1 group of 5 –> 25% discount (1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th)
- +1 group of 3 –> 10% discount (1st,2nd,3rd)
This would give a total of:
- 5 books at a 25% discount
- +3 books at a 10% discount
- 5 x (8 - 2.00) == 5 x 6.00 == $30.00
- +3 x (8 - 0.80) == 3 x 7.20 == $21.60
For a total of $51.60
However, a different way to group these 8 books is:
- 1 group of 4 books –> 20% discount (1st,2nd,3rd,4th)
- +1 group of 4 books –> 20% discount (1st,2nd,3rd,5th)
This would give a total of:
- 4 books at a 20% discount
- +4 books at a 20% discount
- 4 x (8 - 1.60) == 4 x 6.40 == $25.60
- +4 x (8 - 1.60) == 4 x 6.40 == $25.60
For a total of $51.20
And $51.20 is the price with the biggest discount.
To ensure the correctness of your implementation, see test.sh with usage:
sh test.sh /path/to/program
It is expected that your program takes as arguments the items in the cart, prints the total cost in cents to STDOUT, and exits successfully.
All submissions must contain a statement that the code is your own work (groups are ok!) and placing the code under either CC0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-SA. Submissions are by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attaching each source file is preferred, but tarballs or git URLs will also be accepted (especially when directory structure matters). Submissions may be in any programming language that can be compiled or interpreted on a Debian Stable system.
If relevant, please make it clear what name, pseudonym, or group name you would like your submission attributed to. This name (and the code content of your submission) will be made public.
Submissions are due by and the winning teardown post will be published the following month.
This exercise and its tests based on https://github.com/exercism/rust/tree/master/exercises/book-store, original license:
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