       RE: For loop problem in mathematica

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• Subject: [mg90234] RE: [mg90163] For loop problem in mathematica
• From: "Jose Luis Gomez" <jose.luis.gomez at itesm.mx>
• Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 06:09:49 -0400 (EDT)
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```PhysNova, I hope this is useful for you:

FIRST: It is Not a good idea to use a For loop in Mathematica, Mathematica
is functional and list-based, therefore a For loop will be very inefficient
in Mathematica. Instead of For loops, you should use functional programming
constructs, like Nest, NestWhile, Map, Apply, etc.

This document might be interesting for you:

http://homepage.cem.itesm.mx/lgomez/matecmatica/fp/fp.html

http://homepage.cem.itesm.mx/lgomez/matecmatica/funcionalprog.nb

SECOND: It is Not the same to write 1/(i^2) and to write 1.0/(i^2.0)
In the first case Mathematica will use slow exact arithmetic, while in the
second case Mathematica will use fast approximate floating point numbers
(which is what most other programs do)

Bye!
Jose
Mexico

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De: PhysNova [mailto:skhoshbinfar at gmail.com]
Enviado el: Martes, 01 de Julio de 2008 05:59
Para: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
Asunto: [mg90163] For loop problem in mathematica

Hi,
i wrote a simple program of evaluating Pi number in M6 to test cpu
computation timing, to do this a simple for loop

was used:

x=0;For[i = 1, i < 10,000,000, i++, x = x + 1/(i^2)];N[Sqrt(6*x),25]//
Timing

the result was catastrophe! it take few minuates. but i first expect
to do this very simple job in few

seconds.computation time is just satisfactory up to 100000 cycle.

could anyone interperet this falut?
our get an idea to improve the result?

Tanks

```

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