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Exact Fractions in Matrices
02-01-2019, 02:39 PM
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Exact Fractions in Matrices
Can matrices only display decimal approximations on the HP Prime?

Say I have the matrix

[ [ 0.5, 0.6 ], [ 0.7, 0.8 ] ]

and I want to display the matrix in the program as

[ [ 1/2, 3/5 ], [ 7/10, 4/5 ] ].

A friend asked me how can we do this?

QPI turns matrices into lists when converting to exact values.

The command exact is ignored in Home Mode.

I had no success with propfrac or partfrac.

Is there a command that works like the [ a b/c ] key? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
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02-01-2019, 04:47 PM (This post was last modified: 02-01-2019 04:58 PM by grsbanks.)
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RE: Exact Fractions in Matrices
I'm guessing the answer is no.

I just tried to create a matrix with fractions by direct input. While the fractions showed on the command line, as soon as I hit [Enter] they were replaced by approximate values.

Before pressing [Enter]:

   

After pressing [Enter]:

   
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02-01-2019, 06:20 PM
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It works in CAS with no probs.
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02-02-2019, 04:19 AM
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This is awkward but it works in Home:

CAS("string(exact(M1))")

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02-02-2019, 04:21 PM
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Hi!, Eddie :
Try by creating any algorithm with p/q Form, as ...


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02-02-2019, 11:21 PM
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RE: Exact Fractions in Matrices
(02-02-2019 04:19 AM)Joe Horn Wrote:  This is awkward but it works in Home:

CAS("string(exact(M1))")

It does... except that the matrix is one line. I'm surprised that QPI does not make all the entries of a matrices in exact fraction form.

Thank you.
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02-03-2019, 11:37 PM
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(02-02-2019 11:21 PM)Eddie W. Shore Wrote:  I'm surprised that QPI does not make all the entries of a matrices in exact fraction form.

It does, but it also converts the matrix into a list of lists, because Home does not support symbolic matrices, only matrices of reals. So if you want a symbolic matrix, you'll either have to do it in CAS (or a CAS program), or convert the symbolic matrix into a form that Home can tolerate, such as a list of lists or a string. I personally like the QPI solution, even though its accuracy cannot be tuned as finely as the 'exact' function can.

Disclaimer: I *think* the above is correct, but I've almost entirely given up trying to learn how to use the HP Prime. Attempting to wrap one's brain around a constantly-moving target which is also a shape-shifter surrounded by an intermittent cloaking device is painful.

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02-04-2019, 02:20 AM
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(02-03-2019 11:37 PM)Joe Horn Wrote:  Disclaimer: I *think* the above is correct, but I've almost entirely given up trying to learn how to use the HP Prime. Attempting to wrap one's brain around a constantly-moving target which is also a shape-shifter surrounded by an intermittent cloaking device is painful.

Yikes!

But there is good news here, as this is almost certainly the first time I discovered something about an HP machine before Joe did...

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02-04-2019, 02:04 PM
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I would love to have a program command that works like the [a b/c] key.
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02-04-2019, 02:40 PM
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Is it my imagination or is QPI() not documented anywhere (other than in the Toolbox Catlg)? I can't find it in the User Guide.

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02-05-2019, 02:13 AM
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(02-04-2019 02:40 PM)cdmackay Wrote:  Is it my imagination or is QPI() not documented anywhere (other than in the Toolbox Catlg)? I can't find it in the User Guide.

Correct. Like many other recently-added functions (including my favorites, dfc and dfc2f), QPI has not yet been added to the User Guide.

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02-05-2019, 03:26 PM
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(02-05-2019 02:13 AM)Joe Horn Wrote:  
(02-04-2019 02:40 PM)cdmackay Wrote:  Is it my imagination or is QPI() not documented anywhere (other than in the Toolbox Catlg)? I can't find it in the User Guide.

Correct. Like many other recently-added functions (including my favorites, dfc and dfc2f), QPI has not yet been added to the User Guide.

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thanks Joe.

Some time ago someone posted a nice HTML version of the help file, which I downloaded. Sadly I can't remember whence it came, but it's the only doc I have that mentions QPI, and it's a lot easier to search than the one on the calc, even with the emulator.

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02-06-2019, 05:35 AM
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(02-05-2019 03:26 PM)cdmackay Wrote:  Some time ago someone posted a nice HTML version of the help file, which I downloaded. Sadly I can't remember whence it came...

Did you mean this thread?

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02-06-2019, 02:39 PM (This post was last modified: 02-06-2019 02:40 PM by cdmackay.)
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(02-06-2019 05:35 AM)chromos Wrote:  
(02-05-2019 03:26 PM)cdmackay Wrote:  Some time ago someone posted a nice HTML version of the help file, which I downloaded. Sadly I can't remember whence it came...

Did you mean this thread?

oh! It was TimW, how embarrassing for me to forget. Yes, that was it, thanks very much indeed.

edit: and your version too, thanks! Smile

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