asked on # caughtSpeeding java challenge

Hi,

I am trying below challenge

http://codingbat.com/prob/p157733

i am failing two test cases as above. Please advise

I am trying below challenge

http://codingbat.com/prob/p157733

```
public int caughtSpeeding(int speed, boolean isBirthday) {
int result;
if(speed<=65){
if(speed<=60&& isBirthday==true){
return result=0;
}
else {
return result=0;
}
}
else if(speed<=85){
if(speed<=61&& isBirthday==true){
return result=1;
}
else {
return result=1;
}
}
return result=2;
}
```

Expected Run

caughtSpeeding(60, false) → 0 0 OK

caughtSpeeding(65, false) → 1 0 X

caughtSpeeding(65, true) → 0 0 OK

caughtSpeeding(80, false) → 1 1 OK

caughtSpeeding(85, false) → 2 1 X

caughtSpeeding(85, true) → 1 1 OK

caughtSpeeding(70, false) → 1 1 OK

caughtSpeeding(75, false) → 1 1 OK

caughtSpeeding(75, true) → 1 1 OK

caughtSpeeding(40, false) → 0 0 OK

caughtSpeeding(40, true) → 0 0 OK

caughtSpeeding(90, false) → 2 2 OK

other tests

X

i am failing two test cases as above. Please advise

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17: else if(speed >= 61 && speed <= 80 + allowableTolerance){

speed >= 61 &&

is unnecessary

speed >= 61 &&

is unnecessary

speed >= 61 &&

is unnecessary

Mathematically, you are absolutely correct. However I prefer to write it in this way since I believe it expresses the requirement clearly.

If you are trying to express the requirements, shouldn't it be

speed >= 61+allowableTolerance

speed >= 61+allowableTolerance

you "could" write it that way if you wanted to.

However tolerance is applicable to upper limit of the range.

Its purely debatable, depends on individual coding style.

However tolerance is applicable to upper limit of the range.

Its purely debatable, depends on individual coding style.

The requirements say 5 higher *in all cases* so it should also apply to the lower range.

Had the tests been reversed,

if( speed >= 61+ allowableTolerance && speed <= 80 + allowableTolerance){

return SMALL_TICKET;

}

if(speed <= 60 + allowableTolerance){

return NO_TICKET;

}

would still give correct results, but

if( speed >= 61 && speed <= 80 + allowableTolerance){

return SMALL_TICKET;

}

if(speed <= 60 + allowableTolerance){

return NO_TICKET;

}

would give incorrect results.

The only reason you can get away with a test that does not express the requirement is that the order of the tests makes it unnecessary.

A test that is both incorrect and unnecessary is not expressing the requirement clearly

Had the tests been reversed,

if( speed >= 61+ allowableTolerance && speed <= 80 + allowableTolerance){

return SMALL_TICKET;

}

if(speed <= 60 + allowableTolerance){

return NO_TICKET;

}

would still give correct results, but

if( speed >= 61 && speed <= 80 + allowableTolerance){

return SMALL_TICKET;

}

if(speed <= 60 + allowableTolerance){

return NO_TICKET;

}

would give incorrect results.

The only reason you can get away with a test that does not express the requirement is that the order of the tests makes it unnecessary.

A test that is both incorrect and unnecessary is not expressing the requirement clearly

excellent

```
public int caughtSpeeding(int speed, boolean isBirthday) {
int result = 0;
if(speed<60||(isBirthday&&speed<=65)){
result=0;
}
else if((speed>=61&&speed<=80)||(isBirthday&&(speed>=61&&speed<=85))){
result=1;
}
else if(speed>=81||(isBirthday&&speed>=85)){
result=2;
}
return result;
}
```

i changed my approach bit as above and passing all tests. please advise on any improvements?
people have already posted improved solutions. take a look.

```
public int caughtSpeeding(int speed, boolean isBirthday) {
int small = limit(60, isBirthday);
int big = limit(80, isBirthday);
return speed <= small ? 0 : speed <= big ? 1 : 2;
}
private int limit(int speed, boolean isBirthday) {
return isBirthday ? speed + 5: speed;
}
```

if( isBirthday ){ speed -= 5; }

return speed<=60?0:speed<=80?1:2;

not clear on above solution.

if isBirthday is true then speed=speed-5 then returning ternary(speed<=60?0:speed<

ternary is speed is less then or equal to 60 then 0 ticket if false then check speed <=80 if true then 1 if false ie beyond 80 then 2 ticket right?

what is the use of

speed=speed-5

Please advise

"on that day, your speed can be 5 higher in all cases"

```
return speed <= small ? 0 : speed <= big ? 1 : 2;
```

how to comprehend statement with more than two , three ternary statements as above.

I got true part.

I did not get false part.

If false we are saying return

speed <= big ? 1 : 2;//here again checking if true 1 and false 2.. i am not clear here.

please advise

how to comprehend statement with more than two , three ternary statements as above.

Try putting brackets in place if it helps your understanding.

but your code executes

if(speed<=65){ // true

if(speed<=60&& isBirthday==true){ // false

...

}

else {

return result=0; // wrong

}

}

caughtSpeeding(85, false) → 2

but your code executes

if(speed<=65){ // false

...

}

else if(speed<=85){ // true

if(speed<=61&& isBirthday==true){ // false

,,,

}

else {

return result=1; // wrong

}

}