samuel toh samuel toh - 4 months ago 21
PHP Question

How to multiply number until achieve single-digit numbers and counting the number?

its description like this:

persistence(39) == 3 // because 3*9 = 27, 2*7 = 14, 1*4=4
// and 4 has only one digit

persistence(999) == 4 // because 9*9*9 = 729, 7*2*9 = 126,
// 1*2*6 = 12, and finally 1*2 = 2

persistence(4) == 0 // because 4 is already a one-digit number

I can only make like this :

$array = str_split(39);

foreach ($array as $key => $value) {
echo $array[$key]*$array[$key+1];
}


The next I'm confused

Any solution to solve my problem?

Answer
$array = str_split('999'); //Your string
$j=0; //Counter for counting the number of iteration
while (count($array)>1){ //When more than 2 indexes in array
 for($i=0;$i<count($array);$i++){ //Iterate through all permutations
     $array = array_product($array); //Multiplies all numbers in array
     $array = str_split($array); //Split the array up again
     $j++; //Increment counter(as literal as I can sound)
 }
}
echo $j; //Print out the number of times
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