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Guest Message by DevFuse


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Offline Last Active Jul 04 2012 06:07 AM

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09 November 2011 - 07:09 AM

If you have 7 integer variables, e.g. a, b, c, d, e, f, g, and you can use each at most once in an expression with the operators +, -, *, / (integer division), how many unique expressions can be formed?
E.g. (a - b) * c + f is mathematically the same as:
c * (a - b) + f
f + (a - b) * c
f + c * (a - b)
so they all correspond to a single unique expression.

If there was one variable, there are 7 unique expressions.
With two variables, I think there are 133 unique expressions.

I don't know the answer (yet), and I very much doubt anyone can find a closed form formula for the general problem. About the context where this problem originated, I suspect it was intended to be virtually unsolvable... :) (and deceptively mediocre-looking)