I am interested in learning python and picked up a friends textbook to try and work through it. I have no cs experience so am pretty clueless. I am having difficulty with one of the problems in the first chapter lol. i am trying to make the program spit out a loop of 8 numbers based on a simple algorithm. Here is the code:

def main():
print "This program illustrates a chaotic function."
print "Please enter two numbers between 0 and 1."
x = input ("Enter first number: ")
y = input ("Enter second number: ")
print
print "input", x, y
print "-----------------"

for i in range (8):
x = 3.9 * x * (1 - x)
for i in range(8):
y = 3.9 * y * (1 - y)
print x, y

main()

output:

This program illustrates a chaotic function.
Please enter two numbers between 0 and 1.
Enter first number: .25
Enter second number: .25

input 0.25 0.25
-----------------
0.540417912062 0.73125
0.540417912062 0.76644140625
0.540417912062 0.698135010439
0.540417912062 0.82189581879
0.540417912062 0.570894019197
0.540417912062 0.955398748364
0.540417912062 0.166186721954
0.540417912062 0.540417912062
>>>

the first loop is only spitting out the last calculation repeatedly whereas the second is computing correctly so im a bit confused... any help would be appreciated
thanks

def main():
    print "This program illustrates a chaotic function."
    print "Please enter two numbers between 0 and 1."
    x = input ("Enter first number: ")
    y = input ("Enter second number: ")
    print
    print "input", x, y
    print "-----------------"

    for i in range (8):
        x = 3.9 * x * (1 - x)
    for i in range(8):
        y = 3.9 * y * (1 - y) 
        print x, y

main()

output:

This program illustrates a chaotic function.
Please enter two numbers between 0 and 1.
Enter first number: .25
Enter second number: .25

input 0.25 0.25

0.540417912062 0.73125
0.540417912062 0.76644140625
0.540417912062 0.698135010439
0.540417912062 0.82189581879
0.540417912062 0.570894019197
0.540417912062 0.955398748364
0.540417912062 0.166186721954
0.540417912062 0.540417912062

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Now onto your dilemma.

You have print x,y in your second loop only. Loop 1 modifies the value of x. Loop 2 modifies the value of y. So when you print, you only see the last value of x after loop 1 completed, yet you see the continual changes of y.

Since the loops are exclusive to each other, why not try combining them into a single for loop. Do the calculation on x, then the calculation on y, then print.

HTH

Edited 3 Years Ago by happygeek: fixed formatting

Ahh I didnt realize i could do that although looking at it i dont see why i shouldnt be able to because it makes sense... thank you for clarifying this for me.

sorry about the formatting i will keep it in mind how to do it correctly... i saw after i posted that i forgot to encase the code...
Here is the new program...

# File: chaos2column.py
# A simple program illustrating chaotic behavior.

def main():
    print "This program illustrates a chaotic function."
    print "Please enter two numbers between 0 and 1."
    x = input ("Enter first number: ")
    y = input ("Enter second number: ")
    print
    print "input", x, y
    print "-----------------"

    for i in range (8):
        x = 3.9 * x * (1 - x)
        y = 3.9 * y * (1 - y) 
        print x, y

main()

Output:
This program illustrates a chaotic function.
Please enter two numbers between 0 and 1.
Enter first number: .25
Enter second number: .26

input 0.25 0.26
-----------------
0.73125 0.75036
0.76644140625 0.73054749456
0.698135010439 0.767706625733
0.82189581879 0.6954993339
0.570894019197 0.825942040734
0.955398748364 0.560670965721
0.166186721954 0.960644232282
0.540417912062 0.147446875935

Thanks again for your help.. Im sure I will be around with other ridiculous questions...

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