**Statutory Warning**: spoilers ahead

*Problem: find the first fibonacci number with 1000 digits*

First though: hah, I can get the Nth fibonacci number in O(1) time!

```
(defun fib (n)
(let ((inv-sq-5 (/ 1 (sqrt 5)))
(phi (/ (1+ (sqrt 5)) 2)))
(floor (+ 0.5 (* inv-sq-5 (expt phi n))))))
(defun digits (n)
(round (1+ (log n 10))))
(defun log-fib-10 (n)
(let ((log-10 (log 10))
(log-phi (log (/ (1+ (sqrt 5)) 2)))
(log-k (log (/ 1 (sqrt 5)))))
(* log-10 (+ log-k (* n log-phi)))))
```

Nope, floating point numbers don’t go beyond 308 digits or so

```
CL-USER> most-positive-double-float
1.7976931348623157d308
```

Perhaps there was a clever way to workaround this, but I wasn’t feeling clever enough at the time. So, back to brute force.

```
(defun fib (n)
(cond ((= n 0) 0)
((= n 1) 1)
(t (+ (fib (- n 1)) (fib (- n 2))))))
```

Well, this just takes *too long* (`(fib 40)`

takes `3.883`

seconds, and that has just 9 digits, so forget about anything bigger). Next step: memoization.

```
(let ((memo-table (make-hash-table)))
(defun memo-fib (n)
(multiple-value-bind (hash-val exists) (gethash n memo-table)
(if exists
hash-val
(let ((new-val (cond ((= n 0) 0)
((= n 1) 1)
(t (+ (memo-fib (- n 1)) (memo-fib (- n 2)))))))
(setf (gethash n memo-table) new-val)
new-val)))))
(defun digits-num (n)
(length (princ-to-string n)))
```

(yeah just to be even less clever, I get the digits by seeing the length of the string representation of the number … works)

`(memo-fib 40)`

is instantaneous, so is `(memo-fib 1000)`

, and `(memo-fib 10000)`

takes `3 ms`

, so this should do it.

I used this to manually guess my way around and found the answer. Woohoo!

But this last part felt a bit … dirty, so before quitting this problem, I decided to automate it this way:

```
(defun bin-search-range (fn target)
(do* ((i 1 (* 2 i))
(val (funcall fn 1) (funcall fn i)))
((>= val target) (values i (/ i 2)))
(format t "Debug: Trying (~A, ~A)~%" i val)))
(defun bin-search (fn low high target)
(let* ((mid (round (/ (+ low high) 2)))
(mid-val (funcall fn mid)))
(format t "Debug: Searching b/w (~A, ~A), found (~A, ~A)~%" low high mid mid-val)
(cond ((= high mid) mid)
((>= mid-val target) (bin-search fn low mid target))
((< mid-val target) (bin-search fn mid high target)))))
(defun solve (fn target)
"Two-phase search; first, exponentially increase argument until target is exceeded, then begin binary search with last argument"
(multiple-value-bind (high low) (bin-search-range fn target)
(bin-search fn low high target)))
(defun target-function (n)
(digits-num (memo-fib n)))
(defun euler-25 ()
(solve #'target-function 1000))
```

Yes, it does work. I left in my original debug statements (BTW the initial version had not one but *two* off-by-one errors! I learn slowly …), so the working is illustrated as follows:

```
CL-USER> (euler-25)
Debug: Trying (1, 1)
Debug: Trying (2, 1)
Debug: Trying (4, 1)
Debug: Trying (8, 2)
Debug: Trying (16, 3)
Debug: Trying (32, 7)
Debug: Trying (64, 14)
Debug: Trying (128, 27)
Debug: Trying (256, 54)
Debug: Trying (512, 107)
Debug: Trying (1024, 214)
Debug: Trying (2048, 428)
Debug: Trying (4096, 856)
Debug: Searching b/w (4096, 8192), found (6144, 1284)
Debug: Searching b/w (4096, 6144), found (5120, 1070)
Debug: Searching b/w (4096, 5120), found (4608, 963)
Debug: Searching b/w (4608, 5120), found (4864, 1017)
Debug: Searching b/w (4608, 4864), found (4736, 990)
Debug: Searching b/w (4736, 4864), found (4800, 1003)
Debug: Searching b/w (4736, 4800), found (4768, 997)
Debug: Searching b/w (4768, 4800), found (4784, 1000)
Debug: Searching b/w (4768, 4784), found (4776, 998)
Debug: Searching b/w (4776, 4784), found (4780, 999)
Debug: Searching b/w (4780, 4784), found (4782, 1000)
Debug: Searching b/w (4780, 4782), found (4781, 999)
Debug: Searching b/w (4781, 4782), found (4782, 1000)
4782
```

The whole thing took `6 ms`

. Not bad, eh?