[R] Fibonacci
Nordlund, Dan (DSHS/RDA)
NordlDJ at dshs.wa.gov
Thu Apr 21 18:18:56 CEST 2011
> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of David Winsemius
> Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:44 AM
> To: Michael Dewey
> Cc: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [R] Fibonacci
>
>
> On Apr 21, 2011, at 9:04 AM, Michael Dewey wrote:
>
> > At 10:42 20/04/2011, Georgina Imberger wrote:
> >> Hi!
> >>
> >> I am trying to work out the code to get a Fibonacci sequence, using
> >> the
> >> while() loop and only one variable. And I can't figure it out.
> >
> >
> > > phi <- 0.5 * (1 + sqrt(5))
> > > phi
> > [1] 1.618034
> > > fib <- function(n) {(phi ^ n - (1 - phi) ^ n) / sqrt(5)}
> > > fib(1:10)
> > [1] 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55
> > >
> >
> > Admittedly this does not use a while loop as you requested
>
> I like it!
>
> > test <-c( 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55)
> > test == fib(1:10)
> [1] TRUE TRUE TRUE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE
>
> To avoid such FAQ-tual puzzlement, it might be better to round to zero
> digits:
>
> fib2 <- function(n) {round( (phi ^ n - (1 - phi) ^ n) / sqrt(5) ) }
>
> > test == fib2(1:10)
> [1] TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE
>
>
> There are several packages that offer fib() functions of one name or
> another, including the gmp package which always seems to "think
> bigger" than I do. I cannot (trivially) see how that author does it
> with fibnum(), because it is in a .Call()
>
> --
> David
> >
> > Courtesy of Wikipedia
> >
> >
> >> Fibonacci<-c(1,1)
> >> while (max(Fibonacci)<500){
> >> Fibonacci<-c(Fibonacci, (max(Fibonacci) + ?(Fibanacci)))
> >> }
> >>
> >>
> >> How can I tell R to take the value one before the max value?
> (Without
> >> defining another variable)
> >>
> >> (Probably super easy... I am a beginner...)
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Georgie
> >>
> >> [[alternative HTML version deleted]]
> >
> > Michael Dewey
> > info at aghmed.fsnet.co.uk
> > http://www.aghmed.fsnet.co.uk/home.html
> >
I, too, like the Michael/David/Wikipedia solution. But if this is homework, I would recommend using length() instead of max() for getting the last two items of the vector.
Hope this is helpful,
Dan
Daniel J. Nordlund
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Planning, Performance, and Accountability
Research and Data Analysis Division
Olympia, WA 98504-5204
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