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Only started with Perl4 and Perl5 in 1995. I was doing AWK etc for 12 years before that, and resisted switching. I've been doing OO since before C++ hit bigtime, with Objective-C and SmallTalk, so I really like the (no longer new) Perl5 OO style; and the Lispish Map style is also an old friend. What do I hack with Perl? All data that passes my way; systems monitoring scripts at $DayJob, weather data at night, and I cheat on NPR word puzzles. Member: [] [] /. LinkedIn []

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Wednesday January 31, 2007
11:24 PM

More fun with Perl and Pi

[ #32292 ]
A year ago #28505, I answered a question on Perl Monks about calculating Pi with Math::BigFloat. Today the always funny XKCD made me go back and look at that program, as I had two rather less useful approximations of Pi to calculate now.

I'm somewhat surprised that Math::BigFloat doesn't have an AntiLog function for Euler's base 'e' (natural exponent). Hard coding it as a constant isn't terrible, but not nice either. I suppose I could compute it too ...


# Adaptation of my prior program to test XKCD's formulas 2007-01-31
# (9^2 + 19^2/22)^(1/4) = PI
# (e^pi - pi) = 20 - delta

use strict;
use warnings;
use Math::BigFloat;

my $DIGS= ($ARGV[0]||10);

# (9^2 + 19^2/22) = PI
print "(9^2 + 19^2/22) = PI ? \n";
my $pi = new Math::BigFloat '9';

my $term= new Math::BigFloat'19';

# $pi->bsqrt()->bsqrt();

# compare to known-good from bottom of file
my $PI=(new Math::BigFloat <DATA>);
my $good=$PI->copy()->round($DIGS+2);
print $good, "\n";
print $pi->round($DIGS+1), "\n";
print (   ($good - $pi), "\n");

# part 2
# (e^pi - pi) = 20 - delta
print " (e^pi - pi) = 20 ?\n";
# my $e = (new Math::BigFloat '10')->bpow((new Math::BigFloat 1)/(new Math::BigFloat $LOG_10));
my $E = new Math::BigFloat '2.71828_18284_59045_23536';
my $VENTE=new Math::BigFloat '20.0';
print "$VENTE \n";
my $diff = $E->copy()->bpow($PI)->bsub($PI);
print $diff->round($DIGS)," \n";
print " ",(($VENTE - $diff)->round(3)), "\n";

# some accurate pi to compare output to:
3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 30781640628621

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  • $pi->bpow(2); is duplicated.
  • I came up with the following code recently as an experiment:

    use strict;
    use Math::BigFloat;
    use Time::HiRes;

    my $x = Math::BigFloat->new(my $str);
    my $start = (times)[0];
    my $end = (times)[0];
    my $elapsed = $end-$start;
    printf "%.100f".$x."\n";
    printf "that took %.100f CPU seconds.\n",$elapsed;

    My source for the calculation of pi is a formula attributed to Gauss in the 1977 Van Nostrand Reinhold "Encyclopedia of Mathematics." I was interested