# Thread: Arranging collection into groups of 12 (values of 2 or 4)

1. ## Arranging collection into groups of 12 (values of 2 or 4)

So I have a collection of objects, each has a value of either 2 or 4. I'm wanting to group them into collections that equal 12.

For instance, if the collection begins:
[4,4,2] and the next object is 4, I would like to skip and insert a '2' object, leaving the 4 for the next group.

I've done some googling and saw someone use shuffle and shift http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2...emainders-ruby, but this is just grouping to sets of 4 with remainders being evenly distributed.

Any ideas on where to start with this would be most appreciated.

Thanks

2. It sounds like you're wanting a recursive function which would loop through and append groups of 12 to an array, calling itself until all of the numbers are accounted for.

Code ruby:
```puts get_twelves([2,4,4,2,2,2,4,2. etc...])
def get_twelves(nums, groups=[])```

Look through recursive function examples like reduce to understand how they work - they're known to be brain benders.

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