[Israel.pm] What does this code do?

Shlomi Fish shlomif at iglu.org.il
Sun May 2 04:53:51 PDT 2004

On Wednesday 28 April 2004 22:50, Moshe Kaminsky wrote:
> * Shlomi Fish <shlomif at iglu.org.il> [27/04/04 17:36]:
> > Hi all!
> Hi,
> > I wrote the code below to verify the correctness of a solution to my
> > sister's homework. Who can guess what it does?
> Much the same as:
> perl -e '$N = shift; $num_true_cases=exp(log(3)*$N)-3*exp(log(2)*$N)+3;
>     printf "%d\n", $num_true_cases'

Right. This can be deduced from a mathematical analysis of the problem, and it 
was the solution that I reached. However, I wanted to verify its correctness 
against a dumb counting of the cases.

BTW, there's no need to use exp() and log() in this case. You could have 
written it as:

perl -e '$N = shift; $num_true_cases=3**$N-3*(2**$N)+3; printf "%d\n", 

With "**" which is the power operator.


	Shlomi Fish

Shlomi Fish      shlomif at iglu.org.il
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