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 01152012, 09:45 AM #1Member
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Discrete Math Question
Hello all,
I need to write a program for my computing math course ,and I am kind of stumped by the assignment. Basically, I am given the universal set {09}, and need to ask the user to input set A and set B,and then find out what the sym.diff is, where they intersect and such, but without using the set classes in java, but rather using bit strings. I know how to write the part for where they intersect, but I am having trouble saving the user input for both sets and then using the bit strings. I know this is probably a stupid question, but I have wondered about this for a while, and I still have trouble doing it.Any help will be greatly appreciated! :)
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Re: Discrete Math Question
Sorry man. your question doesn't make any sense whatsoever. you're having trouble saving the user input? As in write to a file or simply storing it in a variable within your program? And using WHAT bit strings exactly? You are going to need to be a bit more specific.
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Re: Discrete Math Question
Have a look at the BitSet class.
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Re: Discrete Math Question
Unfortunately, I am not allowed to use the bitSet class, otherwise it would have been easy. Basically, I need to get two sets. The Universal set is {09}, as I mentioned. So lets say user wants set A {0,1,2} and set B {3,4,5}. The problem I have is how to prompt the user to enter the data, as the sets can be empty, or can contain 5,6,7 elements. That is what I am having trouble figuring out. I hope this is more specific. Should I just use a do while loop for this?
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Re: Discrete Math Question
Lets do it the other way around: what are you allowed to use? Does it really have to be a crippled solution?
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I am allowed to use bit strings to convert the user input into 0s (if element is not in set) and 1s (if element is in set) for the sets. That is basically what the program is about, and then I am supposed to print out some operations on the sets.I have no trouble performing those, I am stumped on gathering input for both sets and then converting them to 0s and 1s and storing the sets. So if the set is {0,1,2}, there are 1s in those spaces and 0s anywhere else.
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Re: Discrete Math Question
The following code scans a String for 0s and 1s:
Java Code:for (int i= 0; i < yourString.length(); i++) { if (yourString.charAt(i) == '0') // a 0 was found at position i else if (yourString.charAt(i) == '1') // a 1 was found at position i }
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Re: Discrete Math Question
I like your new sig Jos!
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Re: Discrete Math Question
Thanks a lot, that helps, but I did it without strings, I just used this block of code :
Java Code:while ((userChoice != 1) && in.hasNextInt()) { userChoice = in.nextInt(); if ((userChoice > 1) && (userChoice < 10)) { setA = (1 << userChoice); System.out.print ("Enter a number between 0 and 9 (or 1 to end): "); } }
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