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Calculate a transcendental number (pi)

Terminal - Calculate a transcendental number (pi)
seq 1 2 99999999 | sed 's!^!4/!' | paste -sd-+ | bc -l
2011-02-09 23:36:07
User: flatcap
Functions: bc paste sed seq
Calculate a transcendental number (pi)

Calculate pi from the infinite series 4/1 - 4/3 + 4/5 - 4/7 + ...

This expansion was formulated by Gottfried Leibniz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leibniz_formula_for_pi

I helped rubenmoran create the sum of a sequence of numbers and he replied with a command for the sequence: 1 + 2 -3 + 4 ...

This set me thinking. Transcendental numbers!

seq provides the odd numbers 1, 3, 5

sed turns them into 4/1 4/3 4/5

paste inserts - and +

bc -l does the calculation

Note: 100 million iterations takes quite a while. 1 billion and I run out of memory.


There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

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Who needs all this math crap on the command line?

Comment by bashrc 296 weeks and 6 days ago

Chill out man.

It's not really about what we're working out.

It's about using exising tools in creative ways.

Comment by flatcap 296 weeks and 6 days ago

nice, but somehow unprecise with lower numbers.

Comment by oernii3 296 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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