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Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Wed Jul 25 08:07:08 CEST 2012

```On Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:07:03 +1000, Ben Finney wrote:

> Maarten <maarten.sneep at knmi.nl> writes:
>
>> You just missed it:
>> 22/7
>
> Which is appropriate, since 22/7 misses π by a wide margin. (355/113 is
> my favourite approximation to π, and is far more accurate.)

Approximation? Pffft. I use the exact value:

π = 16*arctan(1/5) - 4*arctan(1/239)

For those lacking ambition, another approximation is:

π ≈ 9801 ÷ (2206*√2)

Other interesting approximations are:

π ≈ 9/5 + √(9/5)

π ≈ √√(2143/22)

See more here:

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PiFormulas.html
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PiApproximations.html

> −1 on associating 22/7 as anything to do with π.

I believe that 22/7 is the closest approximation to π with a denominator
under 100. It is the second convergent of the continued fraction:

π = [3; 7, 15, 1, 292, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 14, 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, ...]

which means that, like it or not, 22/7 *is* associated with π.

--
Steven

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