# Java - trouble debugging

• Comp Sci

## Homework Statement

We must make a class used to evaluate a polynomial function of x. My problem is I am getting an array out of bounds exception when I run the main, and I can't figure out why.
If you could help me figure out this out of bounds exception it would be very appreciated thank you.

## Homework Equations

ex. P(x)= a0 + a1x + a2x2...

## The Attempt at a Solution

This is the class

Code:
public class Polynomial
{
private int degree, i=0, size;
private double[] coefficient = new double[size];

public Polynomial(int max)
{
if(degree>=0)
degree = max;
size=max+1;

}

public void setConstant(int subscript, double value)
{
i = subscript;
coefficient[i] = value;
}

public double evaluate(int x)
{
for(int index=0;index<coefficient.length;index++)
{
answer = coefficient[index] * (Math.pow(x, degree));
}
}
}
This is the main

Code:
public class PolynomialDemo
{

/**
* @param args the command line arguments
*/
public static void main(String[] args)
{
Polynomial p = new Polynomial(3);

p.setConstant(0, 3);
p.setConstant(1, 5);
p.setConstant(2, 0);
p.setConstant(3, 2);

System.out.println(p.evaluate(7));
}
}

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It is because the length of the array coefficient is zero!

When you are creating the object of the class Polynomial, you are calling the constructor and it is updating the value of "size" but not the creating an array "coefficient" of length "size".

It will be better if you define the length of the "coefficient" array inside the constructor.
therefore the correct version should look like this:

private double[] coefficient ;

public Polynomial(int max)
{
if(degree>=0)
degree = max;
size=max+1;
coefficient = new double[size];

}

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## Homework Statement

We must make a class used to evaluate a polynomial function of x. My problem is I am getting an array out of bounds exception when I run the main, and I can't figure out why.
If you could help me figure out this out of bounds exception it would be very appreciated thank you.

## Homework Equations

ex. P(x)= a0 + a1x + a2x2...

## The Attempt at a Solution

This is the class

Code:
public class Polynomial
{
private int degree, i=0, size;
private double[] coefficient = new double[size];

public Polynomial(int max)
{
if(degree>=0)
degree = max;
size=max+1;

}

public void setConstant(int subscript, double value)
{
i = subscript;
coefficient[i] = value;
}

public double evaluate(int x)
{
for(int index=0;index<coefficient.length;index++)
{
answer = coefficient[index] * (Math.pow(x, degree));
}
}
}
This is the main

Code:
public class PolynomialDemo
{

/**
* @param args the command line arguments
*/
public static void main(String[] args)
{
Polynomial p = new Polynomial(3);

p.setConstant(0, 3);
p.setConstant(1, 5);
p.setConstant(2, 0);
p.setConstant(3, 2);

System.out.println(p.evaluate(7));
}
}
The problem seems to be that your constructor does not initialize degree. Here's what I think is going wrong.
In main:
Code:
Polynomial p = new Polynomial(3);
This causes the constructor to be called, with the max parameter set to 3.
Code:
public Polynomial(int max)
{
if(degree>=0)
degree = max;
size=max+1;
}
Since degree is uninitialized, there's no telling whether degree>=0 will be true. I'm not sure what the purpose of the max variable is - it could possibly be eliminated altogether, and you could have the parameter of the constructor be degree.

Thank you, and now, that example i used in the main should set a polynomial like
P(x) = 3 + 5x + 2x^3 and when i evaluate for x=7 should result in 724, but i'm getting 686 which is just 2x^3. Can anyone see what I did wrong?

Never mind it works properly now. Revised the code to this.
Code:
public class Polynomial
{
private int degree, i=0, size;
private double[] coefficient = new double[size];

public Polynomial(int max)
{
if(max>=0)
degree = max;
size=max+1;
coefficient = new double[size];
}

public void setConstant(int subscript, double value)
{
i = subscript;
coefficient[i] = value;
}

public double evaluate(int x)
{
for(int index=degree;index>=0;index--)
{
answer += coefficient[index] * (Math.pow(x, degree));
degree--;
}
}