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# making pi array makePi

Posted on 2015-02-12
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Hi,
I was working on below challenge to find 6 at first and last position of array.

http://codingbat.com/prob/p167011

``````public int[] makePi() {

return null;
}
``````

i am failing tests. not sure how to approach this challenge. please advise
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Mark Bullock earned 167 total points
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If your test checks that the method returns an array with {3, 1, 4}, then the simplest way to make it pass is to declare an int array, initialize it and return it.
``````int[] piDigits={3, 1, 4};
return piDigits;
``````
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``````public int[] makePi() {

int[] piDigits={3, 1, 4};
return piDigits;
}
``````
above passed all the tests. Not sure if something needs to be done with 22/7 which is pi calculation value right?
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I would think the next lesson would be to get the value of pi and return each digit.
You can get the value of pi from Math.PI
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zzynx earned 166 total points
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Not sure if something needs to be done with 22/7
Why do you think that? It are exercises to let you create and work with arrays. Not to let you calculate pi!

But in case you would like to:

``````public int[] makePi() {
int[] result = new int[3];
int value = 2200/7;
int divisor = 100;
for (int i=0; i<3; i++) {
result[i] = value / divisor;
value = value % divisor;
divisor /= 10;
}
return result;
}
``````

or with the use of Math.PI:

``````public int[] makePi() {
int[] result = new int[3];
int value = (int)(Math.PI * 100);
int divisor = 100;
for (int i=0; i<3; i++) {
result[i] = value / divisor;
value = value % divisor;
divisor /= 10;
}
return result;
}
``````
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i wonder why we need to multiply by 100 and then devide by hunded and for loop?
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So that the digits can be expressed in an int
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Multiplying pi by 100 and casting to int gives you the first three digits in an integer, 314.
Then doing integer division by 100 gives the first digit, 3.
Modulo 100 gives you the last two digits in an integer, 14.
and so on...
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i wonder why we need to multiply by 100 and then devide by hunded and for loop?
If you wonder, why don't you just try without doing that? I encourage you to learn by experimenting with the code.
( You will see that your result will be the array [3,0,0] )
If you perfrom 22/7 you get just the int 3. If you take 2200/7 you get 314.
But - although interesting - that's all about calculation, which I can't imagine was the purpose of that exercise...
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``````>>>
for (int i=0; i<3; i++) {
result[i] = value / divisor;
value = value % divisor;
divisor /= 10;
}

in this for loop we are getting 3 when i=0
then 1 when i=1
then 4 when i=2
then loop exists right.

I see how first element of array being pouplated by 3 using  [quote]result[0] = value / divisor;[/quote]

but not clear on how 1 and 4 being populated into result[1] and result[2]
>>>value = value % divisor;
this results 14 right which is the reminder due to this modulo operation

[b]divisor /= 10;[/b]

what above line means and does?
is it like
divison =divison/10; which is 1?
``````
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These are the passes of the for-loop:

pass one (i=0)
divisor = 100
314 / 100 = 3
314 % 100 = 14

pass two (i=1)
divisor = 10
14 / 10 = 1
14 % 10 = 4

pass three (i=2)
divisor = 1
4 / 1 = 4
4 % 1 = 0

>> not clear on how 1 and 4 being populated into result[1] and result[2]
by this line of code:
``````result[i] = value / divisor;
``````

Btw, I don't know which IDE you use, but debugging your application step-by-step is a great way to learn how things work.
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``````public class Test50 {

/**
* @param args
*/
public static void main(String[] args) {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub
System.out.println("pi aray us"+makePi().toString());

}
public static int[] makePi() {
int[] result = new int[3];
int value = 2200/7;
int divisor = 100;
for (int i=0; i<3; i++) {
result[i] = value / divisor;
value = value % divisor;
divisor /= 10;
}
return result;
}
}
``````

How to see and print all the pass values while debugging.
``````pass one (i=0)
divisor = 100
314 / 100 = 3
314 % 100 = 14

pass two (i=1)
divisor = 10
14 / 10 = 1
14 % 10 = 4

pass three (i=2)
divisor = 1
4 / 1 = 4
4 % 1 = 0
``````

By putting breaki point and step over step into will help me to see each value individually but i want to see all the values of all pass same time like above you have given preferably without system outs all over the places. please advise
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I think RAD is based on Eclipse. In Eclipse:
Set your breakpoint. Double-click to the left of the line number and you'll see a blue circle.
Run your app with the debugger.
Click the Variables tab. Here you can watch the values of variables change as you step through the statements.
Step over each statement to execute it and stop.
Repeat until you understand the code.
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i wonder why the divisor showed 0 just after coming out of for loop as attached.

Divisor.jpg
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>> By putting breaki point and step over step into will help me to see each value individually
Right. That's what I meant by debugging.
That way you can see the moment (the place in your code) where the program doesn't react the way you had in mind.

>> but i want to see all the values of all pass same time (...) without system outs all over the places.
That's not possible (unless you store them in a list/array/map/whatever and print that out after the loop)

>> i wonder why the divisor showed 0 just after coming out of for loop
That's because we're working with int's.
2200 / 7 = 314  (and not 314.285714... as it would be when we were using double's)
1 / 10 = 0 (and not 0.1 as it would be when we were using variables of the type double)
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6 / 10 = 1 (and not 0.6) right since it is greater than 0.5 ?

System.out.println("pi aray us"+makePi().toString());

above not prinitng array elements clearly. How to print array elements. please advise
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No, (int) 6 / 10 == 0
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import java.util.Arrays;

System.out.println("pi array is "+Arrays.toString(makePi()));
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Does not it round off to nearest int. Do we need to explicitly import util package. Please advise
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(int) conversion does not round to nearest
http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/jls-5.html#jls-5.1.3
Which is fortunate for the operation of the http:#a40614445 algorithm.
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http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/jls-5.html#jls-5.1.3
i was going through above link. Not able to find yet where it says how int rounding happens?
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Try writing some code to get the value of (int)0.6
If the value is zero, it rounds down. If the value is 1, it rounds to the nearest integer.
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``````public class Test50 {

/**
* @param args
*/
public static void main(String[] args) {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub
System.out.println("pi aray us"+makePi().toString());
System.out.println("rounding is"+(int)0.6);
}
public static int[] makePi() {
int[] result = new int[3];
int value = 2200/7;
int divisor = 100;
for (int i=0; i<3; i++) {
result[i] = value / divisor;
value = value % divisor;
divisor /= 10;
}
return result;
}
}
/*pass one (i=0)
divisor = 100
314 / 100 = 3
314 % 100 = 14
pass two (i=1)
divisor = 10
14 / 10 = 1
14 % 10 = 4
pass three (i=2)
divisor = 1
4 / 1 = 4
4 % 1 = 0*/
``````

i see it prints 0 only. But i still wonder that documentation is so elaborate which makes hard to find what i want

pi aray us[I@74a174a1
rounding is0
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ozo earned 167 total points
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Otherwise, if the floating-point number is not an infinity, the floating-point value is rounded to an integer value V, rounding toward zero using IEEE 754 round-toward-zero mode (ยง4.2.3). Then there are two cases:

Integer division is pretty standard, (at least for positive integers)
http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/jls-15.html#jls-15.17.2
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/IntegerDivision.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Division_%28mathematics%29#Of_integers
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I confused with round method

long round(double d)

int round(float f)
which does rounding to nearest integer.
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