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DragonLord says hello to Omnimaga
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:07:50 pm »
Hi! I'm DragonLord, a grad student studying Computer Science. You might know me as a regular on Super User. I've always loved programming and working with computers, but I also happen to like working with calculators. I'm not a huge calculator programmer, but I enjoy using the latest in calculator technology.

I've gone through several different calculators over the years, starting from a TI-84 Plus in middle school (which still works), to a TI-Nspire in high school (the original Clickpad model), to an HP 50g for AP Calculus, to my current HP Prime. I sold my TI-Nspire a while back, but I still have the others. I absolutely love my Prime—that touchscreen is awesome and it's incredibly fast. A while back, I wrote an article on my personal website about benchmarks of the different calculators I've worked with and the HP Prime was by far the fastest of the calculators I tested.

Anyway, it's nice to be a part of the calculator community. Once again, hello!

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« Last Edit: February 17, 2015, 11:05:06 am by DragonLord »
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Re: DragonLord says hello to Omnimaga
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2015, 10:21:22 pm »
Hello there DragonLord, welcome to Omnimaga! Is your name a nod to Dragonlord from Dragon Warrior, or is it from something else? Anyhow, hope you enjoy it here. :)

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Re: DragonLord says hello to Omnimaga
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 10:27:35 pm »
No, not from Dragon Warrior—I've never played anything in the Dragon Quest series. I just happen to like dragons :)

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Re: DragonLord says hello to Omnimaga
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2015, 11:48:58 pm »
Hi and welcome to Omnimaga!

I was taking a peek at the benchmarking test you wrote. I wrote something a little more optimized (size and speed) for the 84+ benchmark.
Code: [Select]
:1
:For(A,1,2499
:tan(tan-1(e^(ln(√(Ans*Ans
:Ans+1
:End
It ran in ~2:22.47 and resulted in 2.499.999992
I took another look and realized I could improve it a bit by merging two lines into this:
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:1
:For(A,1,2499
:1+tan(tan-1(e^(ln(√(Ans*Ans
:End
This completed in 2:18.36 and returned the exact same result. I'm not sure if there is any way to optimize it more since I don't play around with BASIC much anymore.
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Re: DragonLord says hello to Omnimaga
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 05:37:38 am »
Welcome to Omnimaga, hope you'll enjoy your stay!
And don't worry, we all started out as calc n00bs at one point ;) It is fun to try to get a huge performance out of limited hardware, after all.

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Re: DragonLord says hello to Omnimaga
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 05:19:37 pm »
After discussing with Eeems on IRC a bit more about the benchmark, we managed to create an even faster version:
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:startTmr -> T
:2499.999992 -> A
:While Ans < A
:1+tan(tan-1(e^(ln(√(AnsAns
:End
:Disp checkTmr(T
The Tmr things are merely timer things so that I didn't have to sit with a stopwatch next to it.
It ran in 134 seconds.

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