"Factoring" of addition?

by jopux
Tags: addition, factoring
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Mar25-04, 11:24 AM
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Is there a name for "factoring" addition? For example....let's say I'm working in a basis of all integers greater than 3. I can make 7 from 3+4; 8 from 4+4 or 3+5; 9 from 3+3+3 or 4+5 or 6+3.......

Is there a name for this? And if so...are there computer programs that will generate these sets for me?
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are there computer programs that will generate these sets for me?
try this

#include <stdio.h>

#define LOWEST 3

int n, c[1024];
FILE *out;

void add (int pos, int a, int sum) {
	int i;
	if (sum>n) return;
	if (sum==n) {
		for (i=0;i<=pos;i++) fprintf(out, "%d ", c[i]);
		fprintf(out, "\n");
	for (i=a;i>=LOWEST;i--) add(pos+1, i, sum+i);

int main () {
	int i;
	printf("n: ");
	scanf("%d", &n);
	out=fopen("results.txt", "wt");
	for (i=n-LOWEST;i>=LOWEST;i--) add(0, i, i);
	return 0;
this is very slow, i'll try to think of a way to make it faster.

if source code is not allowed in the math forum, i am sorry, delete the post.

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