What is it?
This is a Math Engine that not only evaluates simple arithmetic expressions, but can also manipulate Algebraic Expressions. It also has a Mathematical resoning engine.
How to use it?
First you need to include the mathengine package in your project. Alternatively, you can also make a JAR out of this package and include that.
To use this, create an instance of the Engine class:
Engine myEngine = new Engine();
The engine can learn Algebraic transformations (aka Dynamic Formulae), such as the formula:
(a+b)^2 = (a^2)+(2*a*b)+(b^2)
They can be added adHoc:
or as part of a file of dynamic formulae:
When adding from a file, each formula needs to be placed on a separate line. Each formula should mention the two states with the => delimieter in between. For example:
(a+b)^2 => (a^2)+(2*a*b)+(b^2) a*(b+c) => a*b + a*c a*0 => 0 a*1 => a a - a => 0 a^1 => a;
Based on the transformations the engine knows, it can be asked to evaluate an algebraic expression:
String result = myEngine.evaluateExpression("(a+b)^2 -a*b");
The engine can be taught simple mathematical functions as well. Functions are defined using the general syntax:
functionName:(param1 , param2, param3, ...)
This is what truly lets the engine go into new territories like calculus. For example, we can make a file derivative.txt and fill it with:
derivate:(u^a,x) => a*u^(a-1)*derivate:(u,x) derivate:(u+v,x) => derivate:(u,x)+derivate:(v,x) derivate:(u*v,x) => derivate:(u,x)*v+u*derivate:(v,x) derivate:(exp:(u),x)=> exp:(u)*derivate:(u,x) derivate:(ln:(u),x) => (1/u)*derivate:(u,x) derivate:(#,x) => 0 derivate:(x,x) => 1
Here, we are teaching the engine different possible transformations of the derivate function. Thus now the engine is suddenly able to evaluate expressions like:
Mathematical Facts (Reasoning)
The engine also supports reasoning, given a set of mathematical "facts" and then a question. Facts can mean:
- A "Static" Formula, eg: Speed = Distance / Time
- A given value of a variable, eg: Distance = 10
For example, we can teach the engine the following Static Formulae:
- DistanceTravelled = FinalPosition - InitialPosition
- TimeTaken = EndTime = StartTime
- Speed = DistanceTravelled / TimeTaken
Then present the following test case:
- InitialPosition = 5
- FinalPosition = 15
- StartTime = 0
- EndTime = 5
Then tell it to find the value of Speed (which it will output as 2).
The above steps can be written in code as:
//Create Engine Engine myEngine = new Engine(); //Teach Formulae myEngine.learnFormulaStatic("Speed = DistanceTravelled / TimeTaken"); myEngine.learnFormulaStatic("DistanceTravelled = FinalPosition - InitialPosition"); myEngine.learnFormulaStatic("TimeTaken = EndTime = StartTime"); //Prepare Given Values as key value pairs HashMap<String, String> GivenValues = new HashMap<String, String>(); GivenValues.put("InitialPosition", "5"); GivenValues.put("FinalPosition", "15"); GivenValues.put("StartTime", "0"); GivenValues.put("EndTime", "5"); //Prepare list of Variables to be found ArrayList<String> ToFind = new ArrayList<String>(); ToFind.add("Speed"); //Query the Engine with given parameters ArrayList<String> ans = myEngine.KnowledgeQuery(GivenValues, ToFind);
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Copyright (c) 2014 Syed Musa Ali
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- Assad Ali Memon
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- Syed Musa Ali