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This piece of code takes in two infinite sequences, and, with the help of a cute math function, can cross these two together into another infinite sequence. (This is related to the diagonalization proof that the rationals are countable.) It should guarantee that, given enough time, we can reach any particular element.

Python, 57 lines
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 # This piece of code is more mathy than normal; it shows that there's a # correspondance between the positive integers and the positive fractions. # For example: ### # >>> two2one(0,0) # 0 # >>> two2one(1,0) # 1 # >>> two2one(3,4) # 32 # >>> one2two(31) # (4, 3) # >>> one2two(32) # (3, 4) ### # and it's related to the math proof that the rationals are countable. # It can also be used to take the "cross-product" of two infinite sequences, # so it's not quite "useless", but it is weird. *grin* Hope you like it. ### def two2one(x, y): """Maps a positive (x,y) to an element in the naturals.""" diag = x + y bottom = diag * (diag + 1) / 2 return bottom + y def one2two(k): """Inverts the two2one map --- given a natural number, return its corresponding (x,y) pair.""" diag = int((sqrt(1 + 8*k) - 1) / 2) offset = k - diag * (diag + 1) / 2 return (diag - offset, offset) class xcross_inf: def __init__(self, X, Y): self.X, self.Y = X, Y def __getitem__(self, key): i, j = one2two(key) return (self.X[i], self.Y[j]) class Evens: def __getitem__(self, key): return key * 2 class Odds: def __getitem__(self, key): return key * 2 + 1 def test2(): seq = xcross_inf(Evens(), Odds()) for i in range(20): print seq[i] ### Created by Danny Yoo on Fri, 16 Mar 2001 (PSF)

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