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### Re: Calculating e

by mdillon (Priest)
 on Jul 18, 2001 at 06:01 UTC ( #97517=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

i just used this with N=400 and got a 1638 decimal place e, then with N=500 and got a 2145 decimal place e:

```use Math::BigFloat;
\$N = shift || 100;
\$e = Math::BigFloat->new(1);
\$fac = Math::BigFloat->new(1);
for \$i (1 .. \$N)
{
\$fac *= \$i;
\$e += 1 / \$fac;
}
print \$e, \$/;

my computer is too slow to wait for it to go any higher. i don't know how far you can take it out.

the number of digits seems to increase with the size of N but i don't know why, nor at what rate this happens.

p.s. the result of this code looks to me like e, but i have no idea how accurate it is (beyond being basically accurate, i.e. about 2.71828). i compared it to a 10000 digit calculation of e i found on the Net, and it was only the same up to about 40 decimal places. if you're doing this to get an accurate value of e for later use, i would recommend just finding a calculated and verified version of it on the web (or use the version posted by IO in another response to this parent thread, which, as far as i can tell, reliably generates the actual digits of e). if you're just doing this for fun, then have a blast.

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Re: Re: Calculating e
by I0 (Priest) on Jul 18, 2001 at 11:19 UTC
Unfortunately, 1/3! was only accurate to about 40 decimal places

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