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Re: Can it be done - easily?

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  • Subject: [mg13322] Re: Can it be done - easily?
  • From: Hans Staugaard <hans.staugaard_NO_SPAM_ at _NO_SPAM_get2net.dk>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 02:49:43 -0400
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Barry Culhane skrev:
> 
> Myself and two workmates are software developers.  One guy wanted a
> formula to calculate a result for the following equation...
>      Z = sum of X/Y where X is a fixed number, and Y ranges from A-B in
> fixed steps...
>      i.e... X=10000 ; Y=100,200,300...1000
>      i.e... Z= 10000/100 + 10000/200 + ... 10000/1000 =  292.896
> 
> He and I tried to figure out a simple formula to calculate it, but
> couldn't. The third guy said it was *not* *possible* to derive a
> formula - we think he's wrong, but can't prove it.  MathCad can solve
> it in the blink of an eye, even if the value of Y ranges from 1 to 1e6
> in steps of 1 !!!
> 
> Can anyone come up with a simple formula to give a reasonably accurate
> result?  It is too slow to actually divide X by Y for each value of Y
> as there may be 1000 or even 100,000 values of Y.
> 
> Thanks in advance...
> > Barry Culhane
> > Schaffner Ltd, Limerick, IRELAND

Here's a function that should do the job

	Z[X_,YStart_,YStop_,YStep_]:=
	X(PolyGamma[1+YStop/YStep]-PolyGamma[YStart/YStep])/YStep

e.g.
> fixed steps...
>      i.e... X=10000 ; Y=100,200,300...1000
>      i.e... Z= 10000/100 + 10000/200 + ... 10000/1000 =  292.896
> 
translates to

	Z[10000,100,1000,100]

                 36905
which yields Z = ----- ~ 292.897
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