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May 20th, 2008, 12:36 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: May 2008 Posts: 10 Thanks: 0  equation needed
hi, i am a programmer and an equation has stop proceeding my code, i dont know what to call this equation but i will represent it here with an example : consider i gave u the following parameters : maximum number : 37 block size : 10 sample values : 13, 24, 32 now, i want to put each sample value between a lower and an upper bound values where the condition is the lower/upper boundaries should be related to the block size, so in our case it will be : 13 : lower is 10 and upper is 20. 24 : lower is 20 and upper is 30 32 : lower is 30 and upper is 40 now the equations i want is to calculate the lower/upper bounds, lets call them LB and UB, so we can calculate them as follows : LB = (Floor(sample value / block size) * block size) UB = (Ceil(sample value / block size) * block size) now where is my problem with these equations?? it is when we want to set a maximum number which is in our case is 37, what i want with this number is to be the upper bound for the values that come between 30 to 37 so the bounds should be like : 13 : lower is 10 and upper is 20. 24 : lower is 20 and upper is 30 32 : lower is 30 and upper is 37 (not 40 as the maximum is 37) so LB equation it seems it neednt to be modified but the UB needs to bcuz it should manage the maximum number case, i hope u understood my case and if more info needed then plz ask me so, thnx anyway . 
May 20th, 2008, 04:43 AM  #2 
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Min(37, X) where X is the upper bound above.

May 20th, 2008, 05:08 AM  #3 
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so how to represent min in math ??

May 20th, 2008, 05:27 AM  #4  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 937 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Quote:
If I was in a math classroom and needed the max function for something, I'd write just what I did: "min". If I was asked to construct the min functions from basic functions, I would define it as such: min(a, b) := (a + b  a  b) / 2 If I couldn't use the absolute value bars, I could write min(a, b) := (sqrt((a + b)^2)  sqrt((a  b)^2)) / 2 If I was programming in C#: Math.Min(a, b) In JavaScript: Math.min(a, b) In Forth: a b min In C++ (STL): #include <algorithm> . . . min(a, b) etc.  
May 20th, 2008, 05:55 AM  #5 
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u r a real joker , thnx anyway ....

May 20th, 2008, 07:26 AM  #6 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 937 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms 
Did you need something else?

May 20th, 2008, 07:27 AM  #7 
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nope, but sure i'll get back to u with more equations .

May 20th, 2008, 07:38 AM  #8 
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In pseudocode (adapt for whatever language you are using), having first calculated UB as described originally, if (UB > maximum number) * *{UB := maximum number} Of course, you might also wish to detect awkard possibilities, such as LB being greater than maximum number as well. 

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