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The minimum number of arithmetic operations required to evaluate the polynomial $P(X) = X^5+4X^3+6X+5$ for a given value of $X$, using only one temporary variable is ______.
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$P(X) = x^5 + 4x^3 + 6x + 5$

$=x(x^4 + 4x^2 + 6) +5$

$=x( x ( x^3 + 4x) + 6) + 5$

$=x( x ( x (x^2 + 4)) + 6) + 5$

$=x( x ( x (x(x) + 4)) + 6) + 5$

mul = pair of brackets $4$
add = num of signs $3$
total $7$
answered by Loyal (8.1k points)
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why not 6 is answer here:evaluate x2 once

x((x2((x2)+4))+6)+5

@Arjun sir  , @joshi_nitish

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your expression is not correct,

it is equal to -> x5 + 10x + 5

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now check
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to get 6 as answer you will require more than 1 temporary variavle, but in qsn it has mentioned tha only 1 temp variable is available.
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i am not getting what is the meaning of using one temporary variable.
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i think i get it

x((x2((x2)+4))+6)+5  // x2 is done 1st

then x((x2((x2)+4))+6)+5  now we lost x2

so need to do x2 again

is it correct

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see, if you even replace x=x2, you have to first store that x in some temp, because x is used in outside last bracket x((x2((x2)+4))+6)+5 ,

the answer would be 6, if in place of last x, it would be x2

try to write in a form of 3 addr code, you will understand what is happening.

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Given value of X, using only one temporary variable

Hi @Anu007 ji, I think what ever you are saying looks correct to me.

Answer could be 7 if nothing is given. But explicitly they are saying one temporary variable which means  we can store $X^2$ value and avoid recomputation.

ping @kenzou, @joshi_nitish

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If one could store in memory, it doesn't make sense to mention one temporary variable.Storing in memory is equivalent to having infinite temporaries.One could get answer 6 if storing in memory is allowed.
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This will be the code according to answer ...

1. T= x

2. T = T * T       [$x^{2}$]

3. T = T + 4     [$x^{2}$ + 4 ]

4. T = T *x       [$x^{3} + 4x$]

5. T = T * x      [$x^{4} + 4x^{2}$]

6. T = T + 6     [$x^{4} + 4x^{2}+ 6$]

7. T = T * x     [$x^{5} + 4x^{3}+ 6x$]

8. T = T + 5    [ $x^{5} + 4x^{3}+ 6x +5$ ]

No of operation = 7

We hav to evaluate that expression using   single temporary variable     .....

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@Anu007 Yes the answer should be 6. We can take a temporary variable and store 'x2' in it, then this can be done in 6 operations only

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In the above 8 steps of evaluation, the total number of arithmetic operations required are 7 [4
Multiplications, 3 Additions]
So answer is 7 arithmetic operations.

answered by Boss (19.9k points)
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If one could store in memory, it doesn't make sense to mention one temporary variable.Storing in memory is equivalent to having infinite temporaries.One could get answer 6 if storing in memory is allowed.
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can u explain 2nd and 3rd line ??? Temporary value T is getting lost during that time ...
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x5+4x3​+6x+5 = x3(x2+4)​+6x+5
x3 -> 3 multiply operations (also gives x2)

So, Totally we need 3 + 1 multiplications and 3 additions = 7 operations

answered by Veteran (413k points)
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P(X) = X5+4X3+6X+5

RHS

X(X4+4X2+6)+5

X(((X2)2+2.2.X2+22)+2)+5

X((X2+2)2+2)+5

Now:

T=X*X

T=T+2

T=T*T

T=T+2

T=T*X

T=T+5

Therefore - (* operator used) =3, (+ operator used) = 3 Total=6

answered by (469 points)
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This is wrong. (X2)2+2.2.X2+2

cannot be equal to (X2+2)2

It's 2.2.X^2 in middle term..not 2.2.X

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@Divya

Here, a=X2 , b=2, thus middle term is 2.2.X2. If you see carefully, it is correct. I think you have overlooked the power 2.

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Why is this not the accepted answer?
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Got it.Thanks :)
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Why this answer is so under rated?

Please someone select this as best answer
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Why is this answer incorrect? @Arjun

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Please see the comments under best answer.
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Yeah, I've read all the comments already. The selected answer assumes that $x, 4, 6, 5$ are given, and we are given a temporary variable $T$ to work with. Because after doing $x(x) +4$ the result will be in temporary variable and now to get $x(x(x) + 4)$ we definitely need to know $x$. So, there's no way that $x$ IS the temporary variable.

Now, as pointed out in the comments, particularly one which describes the three address code for the selected answer, directly references $x$ in the 4th line.

This answer also, doesn't need to store $x^2$ in the variable cause it is being used only once, and $x$ is readily available, this answer seems correct.

Correct me if I'm wrong. Sorry for ping.

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@toxicdesire

Can we do square operation in single temporary variable?

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If the selected answer can do it, this answer can do it too. So, yes.
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@toxicdesire

It is not possible.

because, I thought like this,can we do one register value multiplied with same register value and stored in same register. Is it possible?

Where selected ans done it?

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$x$($x^3$($x+4$)$+$$6$)$+5$

So total 1+3+1+1+1 = 7 operations
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