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Ancient Egyptian Double False Position Algorithm and eTCL demo example calculator, numerical analysis edit

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For purpose of historical discussion, the single and double false position methods will be lumped together, since the early authors and texts do not separate the terms or have some ambiguity. The rule of single false position is implied in the Ahmes Papyrus, 1650 BCE. On some Babylonian tablets like YBC4652 from 1500 BCE, there are corrected or rescaled false positions for the weight riddle problems. In some double position problems, negative numbers crop up. The Sunzi work in China cites the method of excess and deficit, circa 400 CE. The Chinese report some problems as double excess or double deficit, so there may have been differences the way some false position problems were set up, ref. Nine Chapters Mathematics (in extant copy circa 250 AD). Qusta ibn-Luqa of Baghdad (860 CE) discussed the double false position method in his work. In 1202 CE, Fibonacci wrote the Liber Abaci with some DFP problems. Clavius published some DFP discussion in the Epitome Arithmeticae Practicae in 1583 CE. In the USA, the textbook of Nicolas Pike (1788) presented the DFP rules fairly well, but later school textbooks with more on algebra dropped the issue. At least in Europe, the methods of double false position include early records and notation of negative numbers.

The Ancient Egyptians did not use algebra, but modern algebraic expressions can be developed for the Egyptian methods. The chosen false positions can be set as (3/5)*side_distance and (4/5)*side_distance, as used in the eTCL calculator. The false positions can be loaded in the product and two errors can be developed from initial goal minus product. Set error1 or e1 as (product-fx(f1)) and e2 as (product-fx(f2)). A modern algebraic expression for double false position is solution1 = (e2*f1-e1*f2)/(e2-e1), with the errors as e1&e2 and the false positions as f1&f2 . Using later notation for negative numbers (1600 CE) and multply nom and denom of expression by -1, variant solution2 = (e1*f2-e2*f1)/(e1-e2). Problems and variant solution2 may have been set up to avoid using or loading negative numbers, if e1>e2 or (e1*f2)>(e2*f1) in solution1.

Using modern Algebraic terminology, false position methods are used for one or more linear equations. For solving one linear equation with a single false position, find the number such that c1*x=c2 or fx(x)=c2 in other notation. Single false position would be solution3/f1 = fx/fx(b1), solution3 = (fx/fx(b1)) * f1 . For example 5*x=25 with fx=25 and 3 as the guess, solution3 = (fx/fx(b1)) * f1, solution3 = (25/15)* 3 , reduction (5/3)*3, solution3 = 5. For solution of two false positions with respective errors (e1&e2), the equations by definition are e1=(f1-fx) and e2 = (f2-fx) and as fractions 1= (f1-fx)/e1 and 1= (f2-fx)/e2. Subsituting for 1, (f1-fx)/e1 = (f2-fx)/e2. Using rule of three, (f1-fx)/e1 = (f2-fx)/e2, (e1*(f2-fx))=(e2*(f1-fx)), e1*f2-e1*fx = e2*x1-fx*e2, fx*e2-e1*fx=e2*f1-e1*f2, fx*(e2-e1)=e2*f1-e1*f2, solution fx= (e2*f1-e1*f2)/(e2-e1).

For examples of double false position, 5*x=25 with fx=25 and 3&4 as the guesses, e1=(f1-fx), e1= 5*f1-25, e1=5*3-25,e1 = -10 and e2=(f2-fx), e2=5*4-25, e2 = -5. The solution fx= (e2*f1-e1*f2)/(e2-e1), fx=( -5*3)-(-10*4) / (-15--40),fx= 25/ 5, solution fx = 5. For another example 6*x=36 with fx=36 and 3&4 as the guesses, e1=(f1-fx), e1= 6*f1-36, e1=6*3-36,e1 = -18 and e2=(f2-fx), e2=6*4-36, e2 = -12. The solution fx= (e2*f1-e1*f2)/(e2-e1), fx=( -12*3)-(-18*4) / (-12--18),fx= 36/ 6, solution fx = 6. Using the algebraic equivalent expressions in the Babylonian weight riddle problems, an expression like x-x/7 or x*(1-(1/7)) are still simple multiples of the unknown x.

Looking at the Chinese and Arabic variants of the double false position expressions in modern algebra notation, there are ways to transform the formula expression (e2*f1+e1*f2)/(e2-e1) into weighted average of guesses like r1*( e2 /(e1+e2 ))+r2*( e1 /(e1+e2 ))= (e2*r1+e1*r2)/(e2+e1). Even a 3 way weighted average or 3 false position seems possible by adding another guess as r1*( e2 /(e1+e2 +e3 ))+r2*( e1 /(e1+e2 +e3 )) + r3*( e3 /(e1+e2 +e3 ))=(e2*r1+e1*r2 +e3*r3 )/(e2+e1+e3). For an algebraic analogy, multipart ratios are for distributing shares like 1:2:3...n in total sum(n) parts, where each brother in a sequence gets shares 1/(1+2+3...n), 2/(1+2+3...n),3/(1+2+3...n)... of the whole. The eTCL calculator works if negative errors are generated, but negative e1&e2 and negative error sums caused algorithm terminology and variants in early times. For study of the DFP algorithm in especially Chinese and Arabic variants, the eTCL logic can be changed to generate negative e1&e2.

The double false position formula depends on how the problem is worded. A word problem in the Arabic formula style can be solved by hand calculations and possibly suggestions for the eTCL calculator can be developed. A buyer with funds of 450 dinars wishes to purchase silk robes at 6 dinars each. How many robes of silk can be purchased with integer dinars? The guesses will be for the unstated conditions that silk robes are preferred and the vender expects baksheesh or gift of 36 dinars. The first guess of 50 silk robes is effectively 450-50*6=150 dinars low. The second guess of 80 silk robes is effectively 80*6-450=30 dinars high. The Arabic formula solution is (fp1*e2+ fp2*e2) / (e2+e1), substituting (50*30+ 80*150) / (30+150) =75 silk robes. The Arabic formula entries are all loaded as positive quantities or absolute value quantities. Checking 75*6 equals 450, the initial sum. The vendor returns 75 silk robes minus baksheesh(36/6) or 69 silk robes. In the initial calculations, the eTCL calculator returns 75.5 silk robes for entries of 6/3/450, since the calculator is loading the constant 3 and using decimals. For eTCL calculations with baksheesh (36), the eTCL calculator uses entries of 6/-36/450 and returns 69 silk robes. Continuing on to a modern algebra solution, 6*x + 36 = 450, x = (450-36)/6= 69 silk robes. Without baksheesh, 6*x = 450, x = 450/6, x = 75 silk robes. In the eTCL calculator, running absolute values in the DFP formula was considered, but thought too far from the original Egyptian algorithm.

A word problem called joint purchase in the Chinese formula style (210 CE) can be solved by hand calculations for double false position (DFP). A group of 9 gentlemen jointly buy a meal for 50 cash or coins. What was the contribution of each gentlemen in DFP? For false position of 7, the surplus is 7*9-50, or +13 coins. For false position of 4, the deficit is 50-4*9, or -14 coins. The Chinese formula solution is (fp1*e2+ fp2*e2) / (e2+e1), (7*14+4*13)/(14+13), or 5.555 cash. Loading 9/-5/50 into the eTCL calculator returns even 5 cash.. Loading 9/3/50 into the eTCL calculator returns 5.8 cash. An algebraic answer would be 9*x=50, x=50/9 or 5.555 cash.

An early mathematician apparently used the double false position (DFP) to attempt cube roots or other roots, although their extant documentation is ambiguous. Heron is reported to have used DFP to find the cube root of 100 as 4+9/14 (c. 100 CE). The DFP method can be treated as a type of interpolation for roots. The following are some examples of finding roots. Given that 2 is the cube root of 8 and that 3 is the cube root of 27, what is the cube root of 17, a prime number? The number 17 can not be factored and the cube root of 17 would not be a easy problem in Babylonian base60. Using 2 and 3 as the false positions, the error1 would be e1=17-8 or 9 and the error2 would be e2=27-17 or 10. The cube root (17) approximates the formula (fp1*e2+ fp2*e2) / (e2+e1), <expr (2*10.+3*9.)/(10.+9.) >, crt(17)~~ 2.4736842. The conventional eTCL root is <expr 17**(1./3.)> or 2.57128. The calculation error is <expr 100*(1-2.57128/2.4736842)> or root error 3.945 percent. Given that 4 is the cube root of 64 and that 5 is the cube root of 125, what is the cube root of 97, a prime number? Using 4 and 5 as the false positions, the error1 would be e1=97-64 or 33 and the error2 would be e2=125-97 or 28. The cube root (97) approximates the formula (fp1*e2+ fp2*e2) / (e2+e1), <expr (4.*28.+5.*33.)/(28.+33.) >, crt(97)~~ 4.5409836. The conventional root is <expr 97**(1./3.)> or 4.5947. The root error is <expr 100*(1-4.5947/4.5409836)> or root error 1.18 percent. The eTCL calculation selects the false positions by simple scaling, but the DFP logic and algorithm could be modified to select known roots, cubes, or other powers as boundaries of an interval containing the goal number.

The double false position method (DFP) can be treated as an iterated interpolation method for roots. Given that 18 is the cube root of 5832 and that 19 is the cube root of 6859, what is the cube root of 6247, a prime number? Using 5832 and 6859 as the false positions, the error1 would be e1=6247-5832 or 415 and the error2 would be e2=6859-6247 or 610. The cube root (6247) approximates the formula (fp1*e2+ fp2*e2) / (e2+e1), <expr (18.*610.+19.*415.)/(610.+415.) >, crt(6247)~~ 18.404878. The conventional root is <expr 6247**(1./3.)> or 18.4172097963212. The error is <expr 100*(1-18.4172/18.404878)> or 0.0669 percent. The target number 6247 is between 18.404878**3 and 19**3. Now use the calculated 18.404878 and 19 as false positions. The new root formula would be expr (18.404878*610.+19.*12.5402)/(610.+12.5402), root ~~ 18.416865. The error is <expr 100*(1-18.4172097/18.416865)> or root error ~~ 0.001867 percent. The target number 6247 is between 18.416865**3 and 19**3. Using the calculated 18.416865 and 19 as false positions, The new iterations on the root formula would be error1=6247 -18.416865**3 or e1~0.35085156, root ~ expr (18.416865*610.+19.*0.35085156)/(610.+0.35085156), root ~~ 18.4172002069. The error is <expr 100*(1-18.4172097/18.4172002069)> or root error ~~ 0.00005154 percent. The preceding indicates that finding roots with the ancient DFP formula and iteration is feasible, but not that the iteration DFP has more accurate calculations or faster convergence than current methods.

The Chinese used double false position (DFP) to interpolate the solution of a horse race problem in the Suanshu or Nine Chapters (commentary c. 260 CE). The Suanshu uses an indirect stage from direct questions (leap frog) or black boxes the error terms in modern terminology. Since this indirect stage of DFP problems is tricky, one can see why the some much later European works and even translations copied the easy stuff and dropped the indirect DFP methods in the Suanshu. Clearly, the available problems in the Suanshu show the versatility of the double false position method from joint purchases to horse races.

In the eTCL calculator, two false positions are supplied as guesses as false_position_1 <int <* $side_length >/ 4. 5. >>> and false_position_2 <int <* $side_length >/ 3. 5. >>> . Using the calculation methods, the two false positions produce numbers that fall short or long of the correct answer and the respective differences and errors are used to compute the final solution. A modern algebraic expression for double false position is (e2*f1-e1*f2)/(e2-e1), with the errors as e and the false positions as f. Some aspects of the double false position algorithm are similar to proportions and rule of three, as noted by many authors. The result is provided as </ $difference_cross_products $difference_error >. Note that brackets are set as <&> to avoid triggering wiki linkage.

The DFP logic switch is usually set to 1. Set DFP logic switch 1 for ++ false position errors, 2 for +-, 3 for --, or 4 for negative false position (override) entries. The DFP logic switches 2,3,4 check the calculator results for the Chinese and Arabian variant problems, which may generate negative e1&e2 and negative error sums. The eTCL seems to be working very well, getting a correct solution even with (override) negative entries.
Mixed Signs and Logic Switches for DFP errors e1&e2 tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
++ :double surplus condition +e2>+e1, gets positive error
+-:mixed surplus deficit condition +e2>(-e1), gets positive error
-+:mixed deficit surplus condition (-e2)>+e1, gets negative error
--:double deficit condition -e2>-e1, gets negative error
++ :double surplus set false_position_1 (int (* $side_length (/ 4. 5. )))
++ :double surplus set false_position_1 (int (* $side_length (/ 3. 5. )))
+-:mixed surplus deficit set false_position_2 (int [* $side_length (/ 6. 4. )))
+-:mixed surplus deficit set false_position_2 (int [* $side_length (/ 3. 4. )))
--:double deficit set false_position_1 (int (* $side_length (/ 8. 4. )))
--:double deficit set false_position_2 (int (* $side_length (/ 6. 4. )))
note :calculator works if negative errors generated
but neg e1&e2 and error sum caused terminology & varients in early times
eTCL logic can be changed for generating neg e1&e2

Pseudocode Section edit

       # using pseudocode 
       # possible problem instances,  
      initialize algorithm_result = 1.
      set false1 [expr guess * 3/5]
      set false1 [expr guess * 4/5]
      calculate f(false1) and f(false2)
      error1 = product -f1
      error2 = product -f2
      [expr (e2*f1-e1*f2)/(e2-e1)]
      check algorithm 
      f(solution) =? initial product
      check_sum = a+b+c+d+e = original real estate
      set answers and printout with resulting values 
      pseudocode: need test cases > small,medium, giant 
      pseudocode: need testcases within range of expected operation.
      pseudocode: are there any cases too small or large to be solved?

Testcases Section

In planning any software, it is advisable to gather a number of testcases to check the results of the program. The math for the testcases can be checked by pasting statements in the TCL console. Aside from the TCL calculator display, when one presses the report button on the calculator, one will have console show access to the capacity functions (subroutines).

Testcase 1

table 1printed in tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
4.0 :factor
12.0 :side length
28.0 :product
9 :answers: false position 1
7 :false position 2
8.0 :difference_error
80.0 :difference_cross_products
10.0 :solution result

Testcase 2

table 2printed in tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
5.0 :factor
10.0 :side length
30.0 :product
8 :answers: false position 1
6 :false position 2
10.0 :difference_error
80.0 :difference_cross_products
8.0 :solution result

Testcase 3

6.0 :factor
12.0 :side length
36.0 :product
9 :answers: false position 1
7 :false position 2
12.0 :difference_error
96.0 :difference_cross_products
8.0 :solution result

Testcase 4

table 4, Arabic style problem printed in tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
6.0 :factor, price of silk robes
-36.0 :baksheesh as side length
450.0 :product as dinars
1.0 :optional: DFP logic switch (1,2,3,or 4,usually 1)
-28 :answers: false position 1
-21 :false position 2
1 : logic_neg_errors 1 for ++, 2 for +-, 3 for --, 4 for neg. fps
582.0 :error 1
540.0 :error 2
-42.0 :difference_error
-2898.0 :difference_cross_products
69.0 :solution result,69 robes for arabic style problem

Testcase 5

table 5, Chinese style problemprinted in tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
9.0 :factor as gentlemen
-5.0 :side length , as a deficit of 5 coins
50.0 :product as total coins for meal
1.0 :optional: DFP logic switch (1,2,3,or 4,usually 1)
-4 :answers: false position 1
-3 :false position 2
1 : logic_neg_errors 1 for ++, 2 for +-, 3 for --, 4 for neg. fps
81.0 :error 1
72.0 :error 2
-9.0 :difference_error
-45.0 :difference_cross_products
5.0 :solution result, coins contribution lacking fraction, should be 5.55 coins

Screenshots Section

figure 1.


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Appendix Code edit

appendix TCL programs and scripts

        # pretty print from autoindent and ased editor
        # Ancient Egyptian Double False Position Algorithm Calculator
        # written on Windows XP on eTCL
        # working under TCL version 8.5.6 and eTCL 1.0.1
        # gold on TCL WIKI, 15feb2017
        package require Tk
        package require math::numtheory
        namespace path {::tcl::mathop ::tcl::mathfunc math::numtheory }
        set tcl_precision 17
        frame .frame -relief flat -bg aquamarine4
        pack .frame -side top -fill y -anchor center
        set names {{} {factor   :} }
        lappend names {side length :}
        lappend names {product: }
        lappend names {optional, DFP logic switch (1,2,3,or 4,usually 1): }
        lappend names {answers: false position 1: }
        lappend names {false position 2:}
        lappend names {difference_error : }
        lappend names {difference_cross_products : }
        lappend names {solution result:} 
        foreach i {1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9} {
            label .frame.label$i -text [lindex $names $i] -anchor e
            entry .frame.entry$i -width 35 -textvariable side$i
            grid .frame.label$i .frame.entry$i -sticky ew -pady 2 -padx 1 }
        proc about {} {
            set msg "Calculator for Ancient Egyptian Double False Position Algorithm 
            from TCL WIKI,
            written on eTCL "
            tk_messageBox -title "About" -message $msg } 
       proc calculate {     } {
            global answer2
            global side1 side2 side3 side4 side5
            global side6 side7 side8 side9
            global error_1 error_2 logic_neg_errors
            global testcase_number
            incr testcase_number 
            set side1 [* $side1 1. ]
            set side2 [* $side2 1. ]
            set side3 [* $side3 1. ]
            set side4 [* $side4 1. ]
            set side5 [* $side5 1. ]
            set side6 [* $side6 1. ]
            set side7 [* $side7 1. ]
            set side8 [* $side8 1. ]
            set side9 [* $side9 1. ]
            set factor $side1
            set side_length $side2
            set product $side3
            # initialize false positions
            set false_position_1  9.
            set false_position_2  10.
            # reset false positions
            # reset logic switch for neg e1&e2 and neg error sums
            # set $logic_neg_errors 1 for ++, 2 for +-, 3 for --, 
            # set 4 for negative integer guesses
            set logic_neg_errors [int $side4 ]
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 1 } {set false_position_1  [int [* $side_length [/ 4. 5. ]]]}
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 1 } {set false_position_2  [int [* $side_length [/ 3. 5. ]]]}
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 2 } {set false_position_1  [int [* $side_length [/ 8. 5. ]]]}
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 2 } {set false_position_2  [int [* $side_length [/ 3. 5. ]]]}
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 3 } {set false_position_1  [int [* $side_length [/ 8. 4. ]]]}
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 3 } {set false_position_2  [int [* $side_length [/ 6. 4. ]]]}
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 4 } {set false_position_1  [int [* -1. $side_length [/ 8. 4. ]]]}
            if { $logic_neg_errors == 4 } {set false_position_2  [int [* -1. $side_length [/ 6. 4. ]]]}
            # end DFP logic switches
            set false_result_1 [- [* $false_position_1  $factor ] $side_length]
            set false_result_2 [- [* $false_position_2  $factor ] $side_length]
            set error_1 [- $product $false_result_1]
            set error_2 [- $product $false_result_2]
            set difference_error [- $error_2 $error_1 ]
  set difference_cross_products [- [* $false_position_1 $error_2 ] [* $false_position_2 $error_1 ] ]
            set result [/ $difference_cross_products $difference_error ]
            set side5 $false_position_1
            set side6 $false_position_2
            set side7 $difference_error  
            set side8 $difference_cross_products 
            set side9 $result 
        proc fillup {aa bb cc dd ee ff gg hh ii} {
            .frame.entry1 insert 0 "$aa"
            .frame.entry2 insert 0 "$bb"
            .frame.entry3 insert 0 "$cc"
            .frame.entry4 insert 0 "$dd"
            .frame.entry5 insert 0 "$ee"
            .frame.entry6 insert 0 "$ff" 
            .frame.entry7 insert 0 "$gg"
            .frame.entry8 insert 0 "$hh" 
            .frame.entry9 insert 0 "$ii" 
        proc clearx {} {
            foreach i {1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9} {
                .frame.entry$i delete 0 end } }
        proc reportx {} {
            global side1 side2 side3 side4 side5
            global side6 side7 side8 side9
            global error_1 error_2 logic_neg_errors
            global testcase_number
            console show;
            puts "%|table $testcase_number|printed in| tcl wiki format|% "
            puts "&| quantity| value| comment, if any|& "
            puts "&| $testcase_number:|testcase_number | |&"
            puts "&| $side1 :|factor|   |&"
            puts "&| $side2 :|side length    | |& "  
            puts "&| $side3 :|product | |& "
            puts "&| $side4 :|optional: DFP logic switch (1,2,3,or 4,usually 1) | |&"
            puts "&| $side5 :|answers: false position 1 | |&"
            puts "&| $side6 :|false position 2 | |&"
            puts "&| $logic_neg_errors :| logic_neg_errors 1 for ++, 2 for +-, 3 for --, 4 for neg. fps | |&"
            puts "&| $error_1 :|error 1 | |&"
            puts "&| $error_2 :|error 2 | |&"
            puts "&| $side7 :|difference_error |  |&"
            puts "&| $side8 :|difference_cross_products |  |&"
            puts "&| $side9 :|solution result|  |&" 
        frame .buttons -bg aquamarine4 
        ::ttk::button .calculator -text "Solve" -command { calculate   }
        ::ttk::button .test2 -text "Testcase1" -command {clearx;fillup 4.0 12.  28.0 1. 9.0  7.0  8.0  80.0 10.0}
        ::ttk::button .test3 -text "Testcase2" -command {clearx;fillup 5.0 10.0 30.0 1. 8.0  6.0  10.  80.0  8.0} 
        ::ttk::button .test4 -text "Testcase3" -command {clearx;fillup 6.0 12.  36.0 1. 9.0  7.0  12.0 96.0  8.0 }
        ::ttk::button .clearallx -text clear -command {clearx }
        ::ttk::button .about -text about -command {about}
        ::ttk::button .cons -text report -command { reportx }
        ::ttk::button .exit -text exit -command {exit}
        pack .calculator  -in .buttons -side top -padx 10 -pady 5 
        pack  .clearallx .cons .about .exit .test4 .test3 .test2   -side bottom -in .buttons
        grid .frame .buttons -sticky ns -pady {0 10}
               . configure -background aquamarine4 -highlightcolor brown -relief raised -border 30
        wm title . "Ancient Egyptian Double False Position Algorithm Calculator"       

Pushbutton Operation

For the push buttons, the recommended procedure is push testcase and fill frame, change first three entries etc, push solve, and then push report. Report allows copy and paste from console.

For testcases in a computer session, the eTCL calculator increments a new testcase number internally, eg. TC(1), TC(2) , TC(3) , TC(N). The testcase number is internal to the calculator and will not be printed until the report button is pushed for the current result numbers. The current result numbers will be cleared on the next solve button. The command { calculate; reportx } or { calculate ; reportx; clearx } can be added or changed to report automatically. Another wrinkle would be to print out the current text, delimiters, and numbers in a TCL wiki style table as
  puts " %| testcase $testcase_number | value| units |comment |%"
  puts " &| volume| $volume| cubic meters |based on length $side1 and width $side2   |&"  

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