Day 4

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## The Problem

An imminent hurricane threatens the coastal town of Codeville. If at most two people can fit in a rescue boat, and the maximum weight limit for a given boat is k, determine how many boats will be needed to save everyone.

For example, given a population with weights [100, 200, 150, 80] and a boat limit of 200, the smallest number of boats required will be three.

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## My Solution

```
const weights = [100, 200, 150, 80]
const otherWeights = [30, 70, 40, 200, 100, 150, 80]
const limit = 200
const numberOfBoats = (w, k) => {
return recursiveBoats(w, k)
}
const recursiveBoats = (w, k, i = 1, max = 1, boats = 0) => {
const element = w[0]
if (w.length === 0) {
return boats
} else if (i >= w.length || element + w[max] === k) {
// Remove the element that was the maximum under the limit if it exists
let newWeights
if (element + w[max] <= k) {
newWeights = w.slice(1, max).concat(w.slice(max + 1))
} else {
newWeights = w.slice(1)
}
return recursiveBoats(newWeights, k, 1, 1, boats + 1)
}
const comparison = w[i]
if (element + comparison < k && (element + w[max] > k || comparison > w[max])) {
return recursiveBoats(w, k, i + 1, i, boats)
}
return recursiveBoats(w, k, i + 1, max, boats)
}
const result1 = numberOfBoats(weights, limit)
console.log('Number of boats for first weights:')
console.log(result1)
const result2 = numberOfBoats(otherWeights, limit)
console.log('Number of boats for second weights:')
console.log(result2)
```