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Ricky
2006-01-22 19:33:39

Assuming that you are programming this...

unless |X| means absolute value which I am not sure it will be recognized on a computer.

Absolute value is extremely easy to do on a computer.  All it requires is to switch the very first bit of a signed number and then subtract that from the highest possible signed value.  Most languages support an abs() function, but it also works if you just do: x = (unsigned int) x or something similar.

But if you're on a computer, the above isn't needed.

if (X < 0) return -1; return 1;

x³ / ((x²)^9)^(1/6)

That will work but I don't know how you would do it in computer language.

Pretty easy actually:

(x*x*x) / pow((pow(x, 18)), 1/6)

If your language doesn't support a power function, you can write it yourself, although doing non integral powers is a bit tricky.  But, as I said, you don't need to do all this.

kempos
2006-01-22 18:51:55

[x+abs(x)]/2x

positive = 1
negative = 0

irspow
2006-01-22 12:08:26

Pour it on.  I am a glutton for punishment.  That is why I keep posting answers when I know that I will be corrected eventually.

mathsyperson
2006-01-22 12:05:16

Hehe, sorry. I'll try to go easy on you from now on.

irspow
2006-01-22 12:02:09

Some people......just kidding.  Of course it would, but I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer you know?

mathsyperson
2006-01-22 11:59:52

Wouldn't it be simpler to just have x/√x² if you're doing it that way?

irspow
2006-01-22 11:41:10

Here you go:

x³ / ((x²)^9)^(1/6)

That will work but I don't know how you would do it in computer language.

x³ / √(x^6)

That might be easier.

2006-01-22 11:07:48

I will try to compute the absolute value somehow, you ruuuuuuuuuuuuuule!
nik

2006-01-22 11:04:09

mathsyperson wrote:

That formula will give 1 if X is positive, -1 if X is negative and won't work if X is 0.

Excuse my ignorance, but if i do X ÷ X I get 1 if X is positive, but if X is negative I still get 1, unless |X| means absolute value which I am not sure it will be recognized on a computer.
nik

mathsyperson
2006-01-22 10:57:16

That formula will give 1 if X is positive, -1 if X is negative and won't work if X is 0.

Edit: |X| abs (X). But you figured that out anyway.

2006-01-22 10:17:57

I have the following:

a-b=X

I need one single formula (that uses only addition, substraction, multiplication or division) where if X is a positive number the result will be 1 and if X is a negative number the result will be -1 or 0

Is this possible?