# grasshoppers for pythons

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*Following my earlier post on the terrible performances of ChatGPT for a grasshopping riddle, Bob Carpenter sent me his interaction with GPT4, using the same entry. Here is the python code outcome he obtained. The code is running and the answer is correct.*

BC: Thanks. Can you write a python program to simulate the final position of the grasshopper to within machine tolerance using single-precision floating point arithmetic?

GPT4: Sure, here’s a simple Python program that simulates the grasshopper’s journey using single-precision floating point arithmetic, specifically the float32 data type from the numpy library. It continues until the jump size is less than the machine epsilon for float32, which is the smallest representable positive number such that 1.0 + eps != 1.0.

import numpy as np

import random# Initialize position and jump size

position = np.float32(0.0)

jump = np.float32(0.5)# Get machine epsilon for float32

eps = np.finfo(np.float32).eps# Perform jumps until jump size is less than machine epsilon

while jump > eps:

# Choose direction randomly

direction = random.choice([-1, 1])

# Update position

position += direction * jump

# Halve the jump size

jump /= 2Remember that this program only simulates a single instance of the grasshopper’s journey. If you ran it multiple times, you would get different results each time due to the randomness in the choice of direction. However, on average, you should expect the final positions to be around 0, as per our mathematical analysis earlier. The absolute distance from the origin, however, will vary and, on average, should be close to 1/2.

print(“Final position:”, position)BC: can you write a program to calculate the expected length of the final position from the origin?

import numpy as np

import random# Define the number of simulations

num_simulations = 100000# Initialize an array to store the final positions

final_positions = np.zeros(num_simulations, dtype=np.float32)# Perform each simulation

for i in range(num_simulations):

# Initialize position and jump size

position = np.float32(0.0)

jump = np.float32(0.5)# Get machine epsilon for float32

eps = np.finfo(np.float32).eps# Perform jumps until jump size is less than machine epsilon

while jump > eps:

# Choose direction randomly

direction = random.choice([-1, 1])

# Update position

position += direction * jump

# Halve the jump size

jump /= 2# Store the final position

final_positions[i] = position# Calculate the expected length of the final position from the origin

expected_length = np.mean(np.abs(final_positions))print(“Expected length of the final position from the origin:”, expected_length)

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