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Re^3: Reverse engineering a formula...

by Gilimanjaro (Hermit)
on Jun 13, 2006 at 12:27 UTC ( #555016=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Reverse engineering a formula...
in thread Reverse engineering a formula...

Well, look at it this way:

  • You have 19 floats
  • Each float may:
    • Need to be added (multiply by 1)
    • Need to be subtracted (multiply by -1)
    • Need to be ignored (multiply by 0)

This means there are 3 to the power 19 different ways to combine these numbers... That's a lot of possible combinations to try, but it can be done I suppose... You'd probably want to write a recursive algorithm to try all these permutations, and see if the rounded total matches the number you specified...

Update: Possible solution code posted below

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