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Re: List all different equations for a given one

by kennethk (Abbot)
on Sep 24, 2013 at 16:50 UTC ( #1055516=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to List all different equations for a given one

If you are trying to solve a permutation problem (which is what it sounds like to me), I think you are applying yourself incorrectly. Rather than figuring out how to map your answer to their answer, your parser should generate a canonical read that will necessarily map to yours. For your simple case, it might look like:
my $eq = {op => '+', terms => [1, 'x', ], };
where a canonical sorting algorithm is used to order terms. Note that, if you want to accept complex expressions, the sort is non-trivial since you'll need to rank complex references, so cmp won't be enough. This type of format also supports nested operations:
my $eq = {op => '+', terms => [{ op => '*', terms => [3, 'z', ], }, 'x', ], };
You can then do a recursive descent in order to check equivalence. Of course, this isn't going to help you with distributivity.

#11929 First ask yourself `How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.

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Re^2: List all different equations for a given one
by jess195 (Novice) on Sep 24, 2013 at 17:06 UTC

    Distributivity is something to think about... Thanks for bringing it up. And yes, I'm trying to solve a permutation problem taking commutativity and associativity properties into account. Looks to me this way is best that what I have been trying so far.... Thanks!

      If you haven't seen this yet, likely worth a read: Stack Overflow

      #11929 First ask yourself `How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.

        Yes I have looked at it before. Was inspired to use the shunting yard algorithm after reading it! :)

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