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How do you solve something like: 3a + 4.2b + 7c + 10.5d = 59.3 over the integers?

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

What is it for because that will tell me what type of solutions are allowed?

Here is a solution

a = 6, b = 4, c = 2, d = 1

If we allow negative numbers ( they are integers ) then there is likely an infinite number of solutions.

The problem is much more interesting when defined as 0 ≤ a,b,c,d Then it is easy to prove that is the only solution.

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Yes! They wanted positive int solutions.

Did you do it with PSLQ?

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Yes a PSLQ can do that and is the method of choice. Then you use generating functions to prove it is the only solution.

So you see when you said "mere computation" in the other thread I was glad when you posted this. Numerics and computation are not mere but actually more powerful than classical mathematics. [comment removed]

This is only one example of its power. Diophantine equations, are the secret to doing powerful combinatorics.

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I do not know if it is classical mathematics or not but let us keep the debate for later.

How to do this by hand? Please teach

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hmmm, how do you define by hand? Where is the problem from?

Here is a good rule:

school problems = hand methods

Everything else in the universe can not be done by hand.

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brilliant.

Please tell me how you would do it if you lived in the nineteenth century.

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So, you have put me back into the 19th century. First of all, I want to tell you I do not like that century. Have I ever told you the story of how grandpappym killed 30 Union soldiers with just his revolver a bayonet and his hands? It was September of 1863 ( the nineteenth century ) at the battle of Chickamagua, but wait I am getting off the point.

First you could bring it into the integers by multiplying by 10.

30a + 42b + 70c + 105d = 593

Then I would proceed empirically from the b. It is obvious that b can only be 4 or 9. You are done right from there! Do you see why?

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Empirically? ??

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The other three numbers are all divisible by 5. So some multiple of 593 - 42 b must also be divisible by 5. Only 2 numbers 4 and 9 for b do that.

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Why not anything greater than that? and only that?

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{551,509,467,425,383,341,299,257,215,173,131,89,47,5,-37}

That is the result of 593 - 42b for b = 1 to 15. It is only arithmetic and can be done in your head in less than 5 minutes. You see that only

593 - 4 x 42 = 425

593 - 9 x 42 = 215

Those are the only 2 divisible by 5.

Now you cannot partition 215 using { 30, 70, 105 } so 4 must be the answer.

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hmm...

next,please;

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Easy to see that 215 can not be the sum of 30,70 and 105

So you have a new equation:

30 a + 70 c + 105 d = 425

divide by 5:

6a + 14c + 21d = 85

Again 6 and 21 are divisible by 3 and 14 isn't so pick out the14:

85 - 14 c = {71,57,43,29,15,1} for c = 1,2,3,4,5,6

So only c =2 and c = 5 yields a number that is divisible by 3. Picking the 5 for c we

6a + 21 d = 15 which is impossible so c = 2 and you are left with this diophantine equation:

6 a + 21 d = 57

That is easy to do in your head. If you can not then continue as I have done,

a = 6, d = 1, c = 2, b =4

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That is easy to do in your head.

I could do that, but the rest were tough.

What is the computer method for this?

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What part?

Computer methods are basically the same as shown but thousands of times faster and with no errors.

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How do you write a PSLQ?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I think anonimnystefy and I were discussing that same problem. I do not even remember what the answer was.

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But you certainly remember the algorithm

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The algorithm is written in M. It uses a built in command called Lattice Reduce. That is what I can not do.

There is a whole thread on it.

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Why did you link me to page 11?

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It is a whole discussion of Lattice Reduction.

You said some part of the above solution was tough. Which one? I will explain it further.

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I can understand it but I don't think I will be able to do the same for any other problem

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That method like all book methods is only possible for a few types of problems. I could easily change the problem to be intractable.

The first rule of a place like brilliant or any textbook for that matter is that the problem given must have a solution. Knowing that, you can look for one.

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