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Math::NumSeq::Tetrahedral -- tetrahedral numbers i*(i+1)*(i+2)/6
use Math::NumSeq::Tetrahedral; my $seq = Math::NumSeq::Tetrahedral->new; my ($i, $value) = $seq->next;
The tetrahedral numbers, i*(i+1)*(i+2)/6.
0, 1, 4, 10, 20, 35, 56, 84, 120, ...
See "FUNCTIONS" in Math::NumSeq for behaviour common to all sequence classes.
$value = $seq->ith($i)
$bool = $seq->pred($value)
Return true if
$valuehas the form i*(i+1)*(i+2)/6 for some positive integer i.
$i = $seq->value_to_i_floor($value)
Return the index i of
$valueor of the next tetrahedral number below
$i = $seq->value_to_i_estimate($value)
Return an estimate of the i corresponding to
In the current code this
$igives the tetrahedral above or below
$value, so is out by no more than 1.
i*(i+1)*(i+2) always fall in between cubes, so
T(i) = i*(i+1)*(i+2)/6 = (i^3 + 3*i^2 + 2*i)/6 i^3 < 6*T(i) < (i+1)^3
value_to_i_estimate() it's enough to apply a cube root,
i_estimate = floor(cbrt(6*value))
value_to_i_floor() the cube root can be 1 too big when the given value is in between successive T() tetrahedrals. For example if value=57 floor(cbrt(6*57))=6 is correct, but value=58 floor(cbrt(6*58))=7 is 1 too big.
i = floor(cbrt(6*value)) if i*(i+1)*(i+2) <= 6*value then i_floor = i else i_floor = i-1 # cbrt was 1 too big
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