 # Pi Via PRNG

I just found something amazing out. It’s not that amazing. But it is neat. I’m going to build to it in an unnecessarily dramatic and roundabout way.

## Coprimes

Let’s start with a concept called “Coprimacy”. Two numbers can be said to be coprime if they share no factors except one. For example, consider 75 and 28. The factors of 28 are 1, 2, 4, 7, 14, and 28. The factors of 75 are 1, 3, 5, 15, 25, and 75. Since the only one that is the same is 1, 28 and 75 are coprime. On the other hand, consider 24 and 64. The factors of 24 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, and 24, while the factors of 64 are 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64. They actually share 1, 2, 4, and 8! These numbers are not coprime.

## Coprimes, Everywhere

So let’s take this a bit further. I wonder what the odds are that two random numbers are coprime. Since I’ve got a buddy named Python, let’s take this a lot further!

When I run it, I get ~ 0.6075. So right now, I can hear a good portion of you actually giggling with excitement. “How could this possibly get any more interesting?” you ask in earnest. Here’s how.

## The Reveal

Get ready because the next part is going to knock your socks off. Simply find the following: sqrt(6/coprime_probability). What do you get? 3.14! Don’t believe me? Let’s up the number of trials.

Now let’s plot it. [ 3.2163376   3.16491619  3.11588476  3.13967487  3.14168852  3.1420532 ]


So there you go! You just derived pi from a bunch of random numbers. You’re welcome!

Author: Ryan Palo | Tags: math python tricks |

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