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## #1 2013-11-16 01:18:54

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### Teach us some Maxima!

Hi anonimnystefy;

Could you teach me some Maxima? I could not find any tutorial on the web that is appropiate.

Let us start with Project Euler 1 which is a pretty simple one and does not hurt the spirit of the Eulerians

If we list all the natural numbers below 10 that are multiples of 3 or 5, we get 3, 5, 6 and 9. The sum of these multiples is 23.

Find the sum of all the multiples of 3 or 5 below 1000.

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## #2 2013-11-16 01:47:11

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Hi Agnishom

``makelist(lambda([x],if (mod(x,3)=0)or(mod(x,5)=0) then 1 else 0)(i),i,1,1000).makelist(i,i,1,1000);``

If we should not include 1000, then put 999 instead of 1000 in both makelists.

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## #3 2013-11-16 01:52:23

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Hi;

Here is how to do it using Maxima as a CAS:

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #4 2013-11-16 01:58:01

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

anonimnystefy wrote:

Hi Agnishom

``makelist(lambda([x],if (mod(x,3)=0)or(mod(x,5)=0) then 1 else 0)(i),i,1,1000).makelist(i,i,1,1000);``

If we should not include 1000, then put 999 instead of 1000 in both makelists.

How does the code work? Could you explain more?

Thanks.

Hi bobbym;

If that is the usage of Maxima as a CAS then what about his implementation?

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## #5 2013-11-16 02:00:56

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

His implementation is using it as a programming language. It is fine to use either way but you must learn both. Most of the time the CAS way will be quicker and use less memory. Also you will be able to mathematically prove your program will work.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #6 2013-11-16 02:09:21

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

bobbym wrote:

Hi;

Here is how to do it using Maxima as a CAS:

``````(%i1) sum(3*k, k, 1, 333) + sum(5*k, k, 1, 199) - sum(15*k, k, 1, 66);
(%o1)                               233168``````

Why am I getting a different answer?

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Last edited by Agnishom (2013-11-16 02:53:46)

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## #7 2013-11-16 02:11:02

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Put 999 instead of 1000 as he said.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #8 2013-11-16 02:17:38

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Still, they are not equal.

Since you said that a CAS and a standard programming language are very different, I would ask that the summation could also be done as in post 3 using any ordinary language. Why is the CAS special?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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## #9 2013-11-16 02:18:45

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #10 2013-11-16 02:37:37

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Only stefy's code is correct

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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## #11 2013-11-16 02:38:23

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #12 2013-11-16 02:42:28

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

``````(%i7) makelist(lambda([x],if (mod(x,3)=0)or(mod(x,5)=0) then 1 else 0)(i),i,1,999).makelist(i,i,1,999);
(%o7) 233168``````

that.

Why is it important?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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## #13 2013-11-16 02:48:10

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

I have fixed the error, I missed that little "or." Everything is fine now.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #14 2013-11-16 02:51:17

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Exactly what I had a doubt about. Look I fixed my post too!

Last edited by Agnishom (2013-11-16 02:54:37)

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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## #15 2013-11-16 02:55:27

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

But to show you the differences in the approaches supposing I said less than 100 000 000 000. Try the makelist way now.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #16 2013-11-16 03:00:57

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Ran out of memory

``````(%i1) makelist(lambda([x],if (mod(x,3)=0)or(mod(x,5)=0) then 1 else 0)(i),i,1,99999999999).makelist(i,i,1,99999999999);
Maxima encountered a Lisp error:
Error in PROGN [or a callee]: The storage for FIXNUM is exhausted.
Currently, 64754 pages are allocated.
Use ALLOCATE to expand the space.
Automatically continuing.
To enable the Lisp debugger set *debugger-hook* to nil.``````

Last edited by Agnishom (2013-11-16 03:03:02)

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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## #17 2013-11-16 03:07:05

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

That is right but doing it the CAS way uses no more memory and is just as fast even though the problem is 100 million times larger!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #18 2013-11-16 03:25:39

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

It also requires a better understanding of math but we are going farther away from the main topic of the thread.

Moreover, that was not the answer to #8

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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## #19 2013-11-16 03:36:22

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

We are not going away. An ordinary language can not use the makelist idea for the larger problem a CAS can.

It also requires a better understanding of math

The CAS does the math for you!

Enter this into maxima

Sum (3 n, n, 1, a) + Sum (5 n, n, 1, b) - Sum (15 n, n, 1, c)

you will get this

(3 / 2 * a^(2)) + (3 / 2 * a) + (5 / 2 * b^(2)) + (5 / 2 * b) - (15 / 2 * c^(2)) - (15 / 2 * c)

Enter

a:=33333333333
b:=19999999999
c:=6666666666

rerun this

(3 / 2 * a^(2)) + (3 / 2 * a) + (5 / 2 * b^(2)) + (5 / 2 * b) - (15 / 2 * c^(2)) - (15 / 2 * c)

and you immediately get the answer

2333333333316666666668

no time and no memory!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #20 2013-11-16 03:57:24

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

The CAS does the math for you!

No, only the computation.

We could write a routine for doing the sum in any ordinary language too.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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## #21 2013-11-16 04:00:30

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Nope, it does the math too. You can not write it in any other language. You can write loops but the math makes the loops go away!

Look at this line

(3 / 2 * a^(2)) + (3 / 2 * a) + (5 / 2 * b^(2)) + (5 / 2 * b) - (15 / 2 * c^(2)) - (15 / 2 * c)

that is a formula, all you have to do is plug in for any a,b or c. It took the three loops and turned them into a single formula.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #22 2013-11-16 04:07:29

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Hmm, you are correct. Python 2.7.3 gave a MemoryError

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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## #23 2013-11-16 04:13:35

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

The secret is right in here:

Sum (3 n, n, 1, a) + Sum (5 n, n, 1, b) - Sum (15 n, n, 1, c) that represents in math talk 3 loops
that go from 1 to 33333333333  and from 1 to 19999999999 and from 1 to  6666666666. Maxima being a CAS and
knowing how to do a summation changed the 3 loops into 1 formula that is executed 1 time! 120 billion iterations has been changed into
1 iteration. This is why it is much faster and uses only a fraction of the memory.

A CAS combines programming, mathematics and computation. Sometimes you use only one of them, sometimes all three. No language can do that.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #24 2013-11-16 04:27:55

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

Just like you cannot do without Inform 7 in the world of IF, you cannot do without a CAS in math

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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## #25 2013-11-16 04:37:01

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### Re: Teach us some Maxima!

They are used for doing ordinary programming tasks too.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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