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Ramanujan Machine

Posted on : 01 Jan 2020

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  • Scientists from Technion — Israel Institute of Technology have developed a concept and have named the Ramanujan Machine, after the Indian mathematician.
  • It is not really a machine but an algorithm, and performs a very unconventional function.
  • With most computer programs, humans input a problem and expect the algorithm to work out a solution.
  • With the Ramanujan Machine, it works the other way round. Feed in a constant, for example well-known pi, and the algorithm will come up with a equation involving an infinite series whose value, it will propose, is exactly pi.
  • Why named after Ramanujan
  • The algorithm reflects the way SrinivasaRamanujan worked during his brief life (1887-1920). With very little formal training, he engaged with the most celebrated mathematicians of the time, particularly during his stay in England (1914-19), where he eventually became a Fellow of the Royal Society and earned a research degree from Cambridge.
  • Throughout his life, Ramanujan came up with novel equations and identities —including equations leading to the value of pi — and it was usually left to formally trained mathematicians to prove these.
  • In 1987, two Canadian brothers proved all 17 of Ramanujan’s series for 1/pi; two years earlier, an American mathematician and programmer had used one of these formulas to calculate pi up to over 17 million digits, which was a world record at the time (DekaBaruah, Berndt & Chan).

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  1. Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding Ramanujan Machine?
    1.It is an algorithm that performs an unconventional function.
    2.It has developed by scientists from Israel Institution of technology this concept.
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  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Both 1 and 2

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