Cost of war in Electric Cars unit

Cost of Iraq and Afghanistan war in about a decade? $1.4E12

Cost of an average electric car today? $4E4

Considering 50% discount reduction when ordered in tens of millions!

Cost of war ~ 70M electric cars. (Half of the U.S. fleet)

Note: 98% of oil is burned in vehicles.

 

Conclusion:

If the money spent on war was spent on electric cars, U.S. would be independent from oil import.

Electric cars would have been affordable already. Therefore, rest of the world would reduce oil consumption.

Therefore, funding for terrorist would have gone. Saudi arabia, Iran, Qatar, etc. wouldn’t have enough surplus to fund terrorism.

And world would have been a much nicer place to live.

Cofee shop closing down.

Based on a recent law, every cofee shop operating in Tehran has to install cameras monitored by government. These emotional photos depict the last day at Cafe Perague, which did not accept to install cameras and had to close down.

Algorithm to find two repeated numbers in an array, without sorting

I saw this question in Stack Overflow which I found interesting.

This is the link to the actual question on StackOverflow.com.

There is an array of size n (numbers are between 0 and n – 3) and only 2 numbers are repeated. Elements are placed randomly in the array.

E.g. in {2, 3, 6, 1, 5, 4, 0, 3, 5} n=9, and repeated numbers are 3 and 5.

What is the best way to find the repeated numbers? Space complexity should not be more than O(1) and time complexity should not exceed O(n). Note thatn O(1) means constant amount of memory where memory consumption is not relative to the size of n and O(n) means you can look into the array only a constant number of times.

HINT: Sorting, or using a hash table is not the answer.

One solution is to sum the numbers and also sum the squares then solve the problem by solving the following math equation: A+B=cte and A^2+B^2=anotherCte.

I would suggest a different solution:

As the numbers are integers, they have constant bit size (i.e. 32). Let us assume we are working with 4 bit integers right now. We look for A and B which are the duplicate numbers.

We need 4 buckets, each for one bit. Each bucket contains numbers which its specific bit is 1. For example bucket 1 gets 2, 3, 4, 7, …:

Bucket 0 : Sum ( x where: x & 2 power 0 == 0 )
...
Bucket i : Sum ( x where: x & 2 power i == 0 )

We know what would be the sum of each bucket if there was no duplicate. I consider this as prior knowledge.
Once above buckets are generated, a bunch of them would have values more than expected. By constructing the number from buckets we will have (A OR B for your information).

We can calculate (A XOR B) as follows:

A XOR B = Array[i] XOR Array[i-1] XOR … 0, XOR n-3 XOR n-2 … XOR 0
Now going back to buckets, we know exactly which buckets have both our numbers and which ones have only one (from the XOR bit).

For the buckets that have only one number we can extract the number num = (sum – expected sum of bucket). However, we should be good only if we can find one of the duplicate numbers so if we have at least one bit in A XOR B, we’ve got the answer.

But what if A XOR B is zero? Well this case is only possible if both duplicate numbers are the same number, which then our number is the answer of A OR B.

Example:

Given array of numbers:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2, 3

Let’s write them in Binary format:

 0 => 0 0 0
 1 => 0 0 1
 2 => 0 1 0
 3 => 0 1 1
 4 => 1 0 0
 5 => 1 0 1
 2 => 0 1 0
 3 => 0 1 1

Let us calculate the XOR (^) first: (number xor index)

0^0 ^ 1^1 ^ 2^2 ^ 3^3 ^ 4^4 ^ 2 ^ 3 => 0 0 1

Then we create 3 bit buckets by summing all number where bucket bit is 1:

Expected bucket values:
 B3(2) B2(5) B1(9)
Actual bucket values:
 B3(2) B2(10) B1(12)

From the buckets we can say A|B = 0 1 1 which is correct 0 1 0 | 0 1 1 = 0 1 1.
Using the result of XOR, we know that bucket B1 contains only one of the extra numbers. This is because when A|B is 1, and A^B=1, then one of the numbers should be 0 and the other should be 1.
So we can calculate one number : 12 – 9 = 3. The other number is 10-3-5 = 2.

WordPress reminded me of Iran today

I opened the wordpress home page this morning and suddenly I felt like I am using internet in Iran. No image was visible and all the images were censored.

This might be a weird concept for you but it is the most common internet page for Iranians. Iranian regime blocks inappropriate material, and you know how governments work, level of inappropriateness grows throughout the time and once a black censored box appeared in your browser, it would be just a matter of time for them to fill up your screen.

Please protest against SOPA http://sopastrike.com/strike. Even if you are not American you will be affected with american government’s decision on internet, so let our voice be heard.

To realize how dangerous this bill is, please check this good article.

Where should I write join conditions? In the ON clause or in the WHERE clause?

What is the difference between these two statements?


SELECT * FROM Cars c
INNER JOIN Resellers r ON c.CarId = r.CarId AND c.Engine = "V8"

And the following query?


SELECT * FROM Cars c
INNER JOIN Resellers r ON c.CarId = r.CarId
WHERE c.Engine = 'V8'

As you can see, both above queries return a join of cars and resellers for V8 cars. And obviously both queries will return same results. But does it mean that there is no difference between these two way of limiting the results by conditions?

Although for inner join you can use both approaches interchangeably, for outer join a subtle difference can catch you. What would you expect to be the outcome of the following query?


SELECT * FROM Cars c
LEFT JOIN Resellers r ON c.CarId = r.CarId AND c.Engine = "V8"

If you expect to get all the cars with V8 engine left joined to the resellers, you won’t be happy with the result because if there is a car that is not a V8 but has no resellers, will be reflected in the results! You have to move c.Engine=’V8′ to the WHERE clause to guarantee the correct behaviour..


SELECT * FROM Cars c
LEFT JOIN Resellers r ON c.CarId = r.CarId
WHERE c.Engine = "V8"

Reason for this behaviour is that Sql Server will first apply the outer join predicates and then reverts rows that have no right side representation. To understand the condition better, think about the way you write a left join in Linq.


var res = from c in Cars
join rs in Resellers on c.CarId equals rs.CarId
from r in rs.DefaultIfEmpty()
select ...;

Left join in Sql server is also calculated the same way. In the above example you first run the join between Cars and Resellers, then select Null when the resellers collection is empty for the join (i.e. rs.DefaultIfEmpty()).

A little coin probability problem

Today I have been asked the following question: If we have two coins which one is double headed, and we toss a coin and is head, what is the probability for the other side to be a tail?

I will write the correct answer and why in comments.

Covariance and contravariance

I am writing this post only in order to experiment spelling of covariance and contravariance. What if Shakespeare was a computer geek and wanted to develop a new language? “To sleep, perchance to dream” this looks more like PerlScript to me than English!

These terms lead to other terms like variant and invariant. However, thou shall not be freaked out. They are simpler than they appear:

Covariance is this (a type will be automatically converted to a more general type):

object str = "string";

Contravariance is the opposite. In C#, method group to delegate conversions are covariant in return types, and contravariant in argument types.

Generic delegate types are always invariant in C# 3.0 which means they can not be automatically converted to more or less generic types, but C# 4.0 allows declaration of covariance and contravariance on parameterized interface and delegate types.

This post describes this new feature of C# 4.0 in more detail.

In previous versions of C#, generic types are invariant. That is, for any two types GenericType<T>and GenericType<K>, in which T is a subclass of K or K is a subclass of TGenericType<T> andGenericType<K> have no inheritance relationship whatsoever to each other. On the other hand, if T is a subclass of K and if C# supports covariance, GenericType<T> is also a subclass ofGenericType<K> or if C# supports contravariance, GenericType<T> is a superclass ofGenericType<K>.

It continues:

Fortunately, C# 4.0 provides us an option: if a generics interface or generics delegate which has a reference typeT as its type parameter and does not have any method or member that take in a parameter of type T, we can declare it to be covariant on T. On the other hand, if that interface or delegate does not have any method or member that returning T, we can declare it be contravariant on T. (Notice the emphases, only interfaces and delegates have covariance and contravariance support and the type parameter must be a reference type. On the other hand, C# arrays have been supporting covariance from the very beginning.)

In simple words, now you can do this:


interface ISampleGenerator<T>
{
public IEnumerable<T> MakeSamples(int count);
}

//Assuming some implementation of interface
var objects = (ISampleGenerator<object>)new StringSampleGenerator<String>();
foreach(var a in objects){ //a is object here
}

Note that this covariance is possible only if the interface has absolute no input dependency on the type T.

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