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From Michael Pigott <>
Subject Re: Parsing and solving algebraic equation from string
Date Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:21 GMT
    My interpretation of Mansour's original question was that he had an
equation in the form "x + 3 = 10" and he needed to have a computer tell him
x = 7.  SymJa appears to solve more complex problems that that, at least
from the limited documentation I saw, so it may be helpful?
    As for the rest - got it.  There are too many ways to describe
mathematical equations; I was just curious which one you were going for.

Thanks, and good luck!

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM, William Speirs <> wrote:

> Someone else who is more experienced please jump-in here. My $0.02...
> 1. Would this be significantly different from SymJa?
> >
> I think we're talking about two different thing:
> 1) Mansour was asking for a library that can take a string and returned
> some sort of AST for mathematical equations. Maybe it would also produce a
> tree of components that are found in commons-math.
> 2) I'm looking at/working on a GUI that can take a string, display it in
> LaTex output, and also produce a tree structure of components found in
> commons-math. Then this tree would be evaluated/interpreted to produce an
> output for the user. My project is akin to commons-math + parser +
> evaluator/interpreter.
> I don't know enough about SymJa, but it looks to be much closer to #2 than
> #1 -- which isn't to say that it doesn't already contain #1 in it. It looks
> like JAS (which SymJa uses) does a lot of this:
> > 2. Should this be an implementation of an existing spec, like RPN or
> > MathML, or do we need a new one?
> >
> My goal was to match the Maple "spec" as closely as possible. It's fairly
> close to LaTex (again, LaTex has more syntax for formatting than needed
> here). I went with that primarily because I know Maple and didn't know
> about RPN or MathML :-) Also, I'm looking for things like A := 2*x + 3
> where you're assigning an equation to the "variable" A.
> > 3. Will the language be interpreted, or will Java code be generated, or
> > will JSR 199 be used to invoke the Java compiler?
> >
> My thought would be the resulting tree structure from after parsing would
> be evaluated/interpreted and the result presented to the user.
> The site seems to be down, but I think you can play around with a demo
> version of Maple here:
> That is what I'm going for... thoughts?
> Bill-

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