VS2005 - C# - Math?

Posted on 2007-11-14
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
I have a C# Windows app that performs calculations based on equation patterns.  Currently I'm leveraging MS SQL Server's built in abilities to perform the actual calculations.  Here are some of the equation patterns that are being sent to the database:

(A * (B - C)) + (D * (E - F))
(A * B) + (A * C)
(A * B) + (A * C) + (D * E)
(A * B) + (A * C) + (D * E) + (D * F)
(A * B) + (C * (D - E))
(A * B) + (C * D)
(A*B) - C
(A-B) * C
(CEILING((A - B)/C) * D)
(CEILING(A - B)/C) * D
(CEILING(A/B) * C) + (A * D)
(CEILING(A/B) * C) + (A * D) + (CEILING(E/F) * G)
(CEILING(A/B) * C) + (D * E)
A * (B - C)
A * B
A + (((B - C)/D) * E)
A + (B * (C - D))
A + (B * C)
CEILING((A - B)/C) * D

The values for the elements ('A', 'B', 'C' etc) are values determined by input from the user and/or static values stored in the database and all have a potential for four significant digits (I stated that poorly but you know what I mean right?).  

I'm wondering if there is an open source or near free .net library out there somewhere that can execute full equations like these without major modifications.

The app works great and may move to aspx soon so maybe it's best to keep using SQL Server's math abilities?  What do you folks think?
Question by:wpm0001
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C# should be able to handle all those calculations natively, or am I missing something? can you elaborate?
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I don't think this does everything you want, but still of interest

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I would like to send an entire equation to "something" and have it evaluate the expression without needing to do anything else.  

For the pattern:
(A * B) + (A * C) + (D * E) + (D * F)

SQL Server Accepts:
(5.0000 * 6.0000) + (5.0000 * 0.0125) + (3.0000 * 4.3180) + (3.0000 * 7.0000)

And will return the appropriate value.  SQL Server will accept any valid mathematical statement and return the calculated value.  If C# can do this then I've missed it!  I really hope that I've missed it because it would be awesome!!!

BTW - these equation patterns (that is what I'm call'in them) are stored in a database and the pattern is not known until run-time.  The app picks out the elements that can be entered, etc.

I might not have answered your question.  I tend to be a little wordy sometimes...
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ID: 20286653
how about:

paste the entire calculation as c# code, compile and run it
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ID: 20286656
actually, this one is easier, and straight from the horse's mouth
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Expert Comment

ID: 20286711
that was incomplete, you need this also

so your compiled exe has

void main...
 writeline ... (string) (5.0000 * 6.0000) + (5.0000 * 0.0125) + (3.0000 * 4.3180) + (3.0000 * 7.0000) )

and your original app receives the result in

string sRes = oReader2.ReadToEnd();

and casts as double

Author Comment

ID: 20286748

Holy Cow - way above my head!  Interesting though.  


Author Comment

ID: 20286847

If the values changed - then what?  

I must be missing something...  (A * B) + (A * C) + (D * E) + (D * F)

In a situation where A, B, C, D, E, and/or F can have different values based on the input from the user how do your posts apply?

You have me confused now.  
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ID: 20286928
It's really pretty simple to do. Just convert it to Reverse Polish Notation and run it through a simple stack processor. Send in the values for the variables along with the equations.

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let's say you are passing a string to be evaluated by SQL Server, and getting the results via 'Select ' + MyEquation
you can create a template single-file C# console program to evaluate an equation, and write it to the console. it could have a simple equation like console.write( (string) (2+3+4) ).
you then take the whole file as a string x = ... C# console program.
then depending on the input, you update the equation, i.e.
  string myconsoleapp = "..... upto write( (string) ( Ceiling(" + A + " + " + B + ") ) .... rest of program"
then you can use the SharpCompiler to compile it, and use Process.Start to run it.  Read the console output back

you can use the same pattern for more than just equations.

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