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Today is 3/14 (In America, sorry everyone [?] else). This is Pi day.

I present a "fun" program that kinda calculates an approximation for Pi. It uses a Monte Carlo method, which isn't exact, but can get close over time. Being in PICO-8, it can't run for very long before running out of memory, but it still kinda works.

For more on Monte Carlo methods, I adapted mine from this Wikipedia page

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fun fact: If you edit the program to have the line srand(314) toward the top, it will get 3.1416, the closest you can get to Pi with only 4 decimal places (It would be 3.1415, but the next digit is 9, so rounded, it's closer).

P#127147 2023-03-14 21:59

Happy Pi day :)

P#127148 2023-03-14 22:11

Nice. We did this same thing as an exercise at the beginning of my computational physics course in my undergrad.

P#127349 2023-03-20 03:53

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