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# PWC162 - Summations

**TL;DR**

On with TASK #2 from The Weekly Challenge #163. Enjoy!

# The challenge

You are given a list of positive numbers,

`@n`

.Write a script to find out the summations as described below.

Example 1`Input: @n = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Output: 42 1 2 3 4 5 2 5 9 14 5 14 28 14 42 42 The nth Row starts with the second element of the (n-1)th row. The following element is sum of all elements except first element of previous row. You stop once you have just one element in the row.`

Example 2`Input: @n = (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) Output: 70 1 3 5 7 9 3 8 15 24 8 23 47 23 70 70`

# The questions

What should we do if the list is empty?

Anybody has the formula for this? No? Well, I had to ask.

# The solution

I played a bit with the idea of finding the formula for calculating how many times each individual element in the original array contributed to the end result. Alas, I did not land on anything too elegant and my brute force beast was screaming inside, so here we go in Perl:

```
#!/usr/bin/env perl
use v5.24;
use warnings;
use experimental 'signatures';
no warnings 'experimental::signatures';
say summations(@ARGV);
sub summations (@n) {
for (2 .. $#n) { $n[$_] += $n[$_ - 1] for $_ .. $#n }
return $n[-1];
}
```

The input array (which is actually a copy of the input data) is used to do all calculations. The outer loop takes care of â€śgoing forwardâ€ť in it, while the inner loop takes care to do the summations. Thereâ€™s a nice simmetry in how the calculation can be arranged; I like the symmetry, but the readability is terrible.

Whatever.

I discovered that this could be translated into Raku in a pretty straightforward way, so why not?

```
#!/usr/bin/env raku
use v6;
sub MAIN (*@n) { put summations(@n) }
sub summations (@n is copy) {
for 2 .. @n.end { @n[$_] += @n[$_ - 1] for $_ .. @n.end }
return @n[*-1];
}
```

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