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Le Monde puzzle [#904.5]

Posted in Books, Kids, R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , on March 25, 2015 by xi'an

About this #904 arithmetics Le Monde mathematical puzzle:

Find all plural integers, namely positive integers such that (a) none of their digits is zero and (b) removing their leftmost digit produces a dividing plural integer (with the convention that one digit integers are all plural).

a slight modification in the R code allows for a faster exploration, based on the fact that solutions add one extra digit to solutions with one less digit:

First, I found this function on Stack Overflow to turn an integer into its digits:

pluri=plura=NULL
#solutions with two digits
for (i in 11:99){

 dive=rev(digin(i)[-1])
 if (min(dive)>0){
 dive=sum(dive*10^(0:(length(dive)-1)))
 if (i==((i%/%dive)*dive))
 pluri=c(pluri,i)}}

for (n in 2:6){ #number of digits
  plura=c(plura,pluri)
  pluro=NULL
  for (j in pluri){

   for (k in (1:9)*10^n){
     x=k+j
     if (x==(x%/%j)*j)
       pluro=c(pluro,x)}
   }
   pluri=pluro}

which leads to the same output

> sort(plura)
 [1] 11 12 15 21 22 24 25 31 32 33 35 36
[13] 41 42 44 45 48 51 52 55 61 62 63 64
[25] 65 66 71 72 75 77 81 82 84 85 88 91
[37] 92 93 95 96 99 125 225 312 315 325 375 425
[49] 525 612 615 624 625 675 725 735 825 832 912 
[61] 915 925 936 945 975 1125 2125 3125 3375 4125 
[70] 5125 5625 
[72] 6125 6375 7125 8125 9125 9225 9375 53125 
[80] 91125 95625

Le Monde puzzle [#904]

Posted in Books, Kids, Statistics, University life with tags , , on March 25, 2015 by xi'an

An arithmetics Le Monde mathematical puzzle:

Find all plural integers, namely positive integers such that (a) none of their digits is zero and (b) removing their leftmost digit produces a dividing plural integer (with the convention that one digit integers are all plural).

An easy arithmetic puzzle, with no real need for an R code since it is straightforward to deduce the solutions. Still, to keep up with tradition, here it is!

First, I found this function on Stack Overflow to turn an integer into its digits:

digin=function(n){
  as.numeric(strsplit(as.character(n),"")[[1]])}

then I simply checked all integers up to 10⁶:

plura=NULL
for (i in 11:10^6){
 dive=rev(digin(i)[-1])
 if (min(dive)>0){
 dive=sum(dive*10^(0:(length(dive)-1)))
 if (i==((i%/%dive)*dive))
 plura=c(plura,i)}}

eliminating solutions which dividers are not solutions themselves:

sol=lowa=plura[plura<100]
for (i in 3:6){
 sli=plura[(plura>10^(i-1))&(plura<10^i)]
 ace=sli-10^(i-1)*(sli%/%10^(i-1))
 lowa=sli[apply(outer(ace,lowa,FUN="=="),
                1,max)==1]
 lowa=sort(unique(lowa))
 sol=c(sol,lowa)}

which leads to the output

> sol
 [1] 11 12 15 21 22 24 25 31 32 33 35 36
[13] 41 42 44 45 48 51 52 55 61 62 63 64
[25] 65 66 71 72 75 77 81 82 84 85 88 91
[37] 92 93 95 96 99 125 225 312 315 325 375 425
[49] 525 612 615 624 625 675 725 735 825 832 912
[61] 915 925 936 945 975 1125 2125 3125 3375 4125
[70] 5125 5625
[72] 6125 6375 7125 8125 9125 9225 9375 53125
[80] 91125 95625

leading to the conclusion there is no solution beyond 95625.

Le Monde puzzle [#902]

Posted in Books, Kids, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2015 by xi'an

Another arithmetics Le Monde mathematical puzzle:

From the set of the integers between 1 and 15, is it possible to partition it in such a way that the product of the terms in the first set is equal to the sum of the members of the second set? can this be generalised to an arbitrary set {1,2,..,n}? What happens if instead we only consider the odd integers in those sets?.

I used brute force by looking at random for a solution,

pb <- txtProgressBar(min = 0, max = 100, style = 3)
for (N in 5:100){
sol=FALSE
while (!sol){
  k=sample(1:N,1,prob=(1:N)*(N-(1:N)))
  pro=sample(1:N,k)
  sol=(prod(pro)==sum((1:N)[-pro]))
}
setTxtProgressBar(pb, N)}
close(pb)

and while it took a while to run the R code, it eventually got out of the loop, meaning there was at least one solution for all n’s between 5 and 100. (It does not work for n=1,2,3,4, for obvious reasons.) For instance, when n=15, the integers in the product part are either 3,5,7, 1,7,14, or 1,9,11. Jean-Louis Fouley sent me an explanation:  when n is odd, n=2p+1, one solution is (1,p,2p), while when n is even, n=2p, one solution is (1,p-1,2p).

A side remark on the R code: thanks to a Cross Validated question by Paulo Marques, on which I thought I had commented on this blog, I learned about the progress bar function in R, setTxtProgressBar(), which makes running R code with loops much nicer!

For the second question, I just adapted the R code to exclude even integers:

while (!sol){
  k=1+trunc(sample(1:N,1)/2)
  pro=sample(seq(1,N,by=2),k)
  cum=(1:N)[-pro]
  sol=(prod(pro)==sum(cum[cum%%2==1]))
}

and found a solution for n=15, namely 1,3,15 versus 5,7,9,11,13. However, there does not seem to be a solution for all n’s: I found solutions for n=15,21,23,31,39,41,47,49,55,59,63,71,75,79,87,95…

Le Monde puzzle [#899]

Posted in Books, Kids, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2015 by xi'an

An arithmetics Le Monde mathematical puzzle:

For which n’s are the averages of the first n squared integers integers? Among those, which ones are perfect squares?

An easy R code, for instance

n=10^3
car=as.integer(as.integer(1:n)^2)
sumcar=as.integer((cumsum(car)%/%as.integer(1:n)))
diff=as.integer(as.integer(cumsum(car))-as.integer(1:n)*sumcar)
print((1:n)[diff==00])

which produces 333 values

  [1]   1   5   7  11  13  17  19  23  25  29  31  35  37  41  43  47  49  53
 [19]  55  59  61  65  67  71  73  77  79  83  85  89  91  95  97 101 103 107
 [37] 109 113 115 119 121 125 127 131 133 137 139 143 145 149 151 155 157 161
 [55] 163 167 169 173 175 179 181 185 187 191 193 197 199 203 205 209 211 215
 [73] 217 221 223 227 229 233 235 239 241 245 247 251 253 257 259 263 265 269
 [91] 271 275 277 281 283 287 289 293 295 299 301 305 307 311 313 317 319 323
[109] 325 329 331 335 337 341 343 347 349 353 355 359 361 365 367 371 373 377
[127] 379 383 385 389 391 395 397 401 403 407 409 413 415 419 421 425 427 431
[145] 433 437 439 443 445 449 451 455 457 461 463 467 469 473 475 479 481 485
[163] 487 491 493 497 499 503 505 509 511 515 517 521 523 527 529 533 535 539
[181] 541 545 547 551 553 557 559 563 565 569 571 575 577 581 583 587 589 593
[199] 595 599 601 605 607 611 613 617 619 623 625 629 631 635 637 641 643 647
[217] 649 653 655 659 661 665 667 671 673 677 679 683 685 689 691 695 697 701
[235] 703 707 709 713 715 719 721 725 727 731 733 737 739 743 745 749 751 755
[253] 757 761 763 767 769 773 775 779 781 785 787 791 793 797 799 803 805 809
[271] 811 815 817 821 823 827 829 833 835 839 841 845 847 851 853 857 859 863
[289] 865 869 871 875 877 881 883 887 889 893 895 899 901 905 907 911 913 917
[307] 919 923 925 929 931 935 937 941 943 947 949 953 955 959 961 965 967 971
[325] 973 977 979 983 985 989 991 995 997

which are made of all odd integers that are not multiple of 3. (I could have guessed the exclusion of even numbers since the numerator is always odd. Why are the triplets excluded, now?! Jean-Louis Fouley gave me the answer: the sum of squares is such that

\frac{1+2^2+\cdots+m^2}{m}=\frac{m(m+1)(2m+1)}{6m}=\frac{(m+1)(2m+1)}{6}

and hence m must be odd and 2m+1 a multiple of 3, which excludes multiples of 3.)

The second part is as simple:

sole=sumcar[(1:n)[diff==0]]
scar=as.integer(as.integer(sqrt(sole))^2)-sole
sum(scar==0)

with the final result

> sum(scar==0)
[1] 2
> ((1:n)[diff==0])[scar==0]
[1] 1 337

since  38025=195² is a perfect square. (I wonder if there is a plain explanation for that result!)

the ultimate argument

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , on February 6, 2015 by xi'an

In a tribune published on February 4 in Le Monde [under the vote-fishing argument that the National Front is not a threat for democracy], the former minister [and convicted member of fascist groups in the 1960’s] Gérard Longuet wrote this unforgettable sentence about the former and current heads of the National Front:

“Sa fille, elle, a compris, et d’ailleurs pourquoi serait-elle son père, alors que deux ou trois générations les séparent.”

[Translation:  His daughter has for her part well understood and in any case why should she be her father when there are two or three generations between them.]

another terrible graph

Posted in Books, pictures, Statistics with tags , , , on January 18, 2015 by xi'an

Le Monde illustrated an article about discriminations against women with this graph which gives the number of men for 100 women per continent. This is a fairly poor graph, fit for one of Tufte’s counterexamples, as the bars are truncated at 85, make little sense as they do not convey the time dimension, are dwarfed by the legend on the left that is not of the same colors, and also miss the population dimension, which makes the title inappropriate since the graph does not show why there are more men than women on the planet, even if the large percentage of the population of Asia in the World’s population hints at the result.

foie gras fois trois

Posted in Statistics, Wines with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2014 by xi'an

As New Year’s Eve celebrations are getting quite near, newspapers once again focus on related issues, from the shortage of truffles, to the size of champagne bubbles, to the prohibition of foie gras. Today, I noticed an headline in Le Monde about a “huge increase in French people against force-fed geese and ducks: 3% more than last year are opposed to this practice”. Now, looking at the figures, it is based on a survey of 1,032 adults, out of which 47% were against. From a purely statistical perspective, this is not highly significant since

\dfrac{\hat{p}_1-\hat{p_2}}{\sqrt{2\hat{p}(1-\hat{p})/1032}}=1.36

is compatible with the null hypothesis N(0,1) distribution.

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