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**Leroy****Guest**

I've heard that there is a function that gives nth digit of pi,is it true?if it is i'd like to know more about it.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Yes, it is called a spigot algorithm. It can zero in on the nth digit without having to get all the preceding ones

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**Leroy****Guest**

Could you please tell me more about it

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Here is an example of a spigot algorithm being used to get the 50 th digit from ln(2). Process is the same for pi.

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic … 19#p229919

To see how pi is done check out the BBP formula right here.

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**Leroy****Guest**

Thanks

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Your welcome.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

Is there a way of getting the nth decimal digit of pi by a spigot algorithm?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

None that I know of, the BBP is for hexadecimal digits.

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