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Symbolic transformations

Which is method to symbolic transformations of equations?
For example: I must find equation of line passing through two points (x0,y0) and (x1,y) in form Ax + By + C = 0
this equation is (y-y0)*(x1-x0) = (x-x0)*(y1-y0)
algorithm must change it to (y1-y0)x + (x0-x1)y + y0(x1-x0) + x0(y0-y1)

2. Re: Symbolic transformations

To convert your eqn 1 to eqn 2 is simply a matter of basic algebraic manipulation which can be done on paper in a couple of lines. So the method is just using algebraic manipulation.

Note that your eqn 2 can be further simplified to

Code:
`x(y1 - y0) + y(x0 -x1) + (x1y0 - x0y1) = 0`

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Re: Symbolic transformations

Algebraic programs prefers Lisp. If is possible code it with Java?

4. Re: Symbolic transformations

Originally Posted by Borneq
Algebraic programs prefers Lisp. If is possible code it with Java?
Code what?

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Re: Symbolic transformations

Originally Posted by Borneq
Which is method to symbolic transformations of equations?
The method is simple in principle.

You build a tree representing the equations. Then you transform the tree to conform to your wanted representation of the equations.

Usually the transformations are a set of replacement rules. Each such rule consists of a pattern and what that pattern is supposed to be replace by when the pattern is identified in the tree. It's a language really.

The set of rule patterns are let loose on the tree and the tree becomes modified accordingly until no pattern applies anymore. Then the tree has reached it's fully transformed state and if the transformation language was well designed the equations are now in the form you expected.

This is for example how compilers transform expressions in the optimization phase.
Last edited by razzle; July 18th, 2014 at 04:35 PM.

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