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InFix Eval - This section will show you how to take an expression (valid) stored in a string and evaluate it
this has many purposes , such as; making a calculator program , graphing program , anything that needs to evaluate expressions , you can take this code and alter it to evaluate words , variables , etc...

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Background: Evaluating an expression has been a problem for many years , and many solutions have been devised. The solution we will run through will require converting the Infix expression (Infix meaning the operator is in between the 2 operands ) into PostFix (the operator is after the 2 operands) and evaluate it. This version will only deal with binary operators (those that take 2 operands) , however , adding unary operators is a trivial task.

Step 1 , Converting INFIX to POSTFIX

I will assume that the reader knowledgeable in programming , since i will not discuss syntax and much code. Also , the reader should be familiar with the STACK datatype. I will discuss it breifly in this section , however a more detailed explanation will appear in the General Programming Info  Section under DATATYPES , coming soon!


What is a Stack?
The basic Idea
Why it works
Dealing with Parenthesis
Evaluating PostFix expressions

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SO, What is a Stack?

A Stack is a simple data type in which items are inserted on the top , and removed from the top. This is the only way data can enter or exit the stack. (From the top) An example of a stack would be a stack of books. Take 1 book , put it on a table , then take another book and put it on top of the last book , this is called PUSHING the book onto the stack. PUSH is one of the basic Stack functions. It takes the element passed to it and adds it to the TOP of the stack (Always the top) Now , take off the book you just added. This is called POPING , pop removes the element on the Top of the stack. As you may already see , if Someone were to PUSH(add) 5 elements on to a stack (lets say A,B,C,D,E) And then POPed them all off , he would get them back in reverse order. Thus a Stack is usefull when we want to reverse "stuff". Also , keep that in mind. Well , that's enough for stacks , on to the good stuff (How to use the stacks!)
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The Basic Idea.

In order to solve this rather complicated problem , we will start with a simple implementation with NO parenthesis (adding parenthesis is trivial). The solution to this problem is not at all as hard as coming up with the solution. Here is the basic algorithm in words for converting INFIX to POSTFIX without parenthesis. You will notice that stacks come into play here.

While there are still characters in the string
    Read a character
        If it is an operand , push it in the answer STACK
        If it is an operator ,
            while not Precedence of currentOperator is <= POP(OperatorStack)
                    push the POPed operator into answer stack
            end loop
            Push currentOperator into OperatorStack
end loop
Flush OperatorStack into Answer

thats it!! , Believe it or not , thats the basic idea , and it works!

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WHY it Works...

In order for you to see why this works , we must observe a few basic things about POSTFIX notation.
One important fact is that Postfix doesnt ever contain or need parenthesis. Which will come in play in the Adding parenthesis section and Evaluating PostFix section. Secondly , The OPERANDS in the POSTFIX expression are in the SAME ORDER as those in the INFIX expression. This is why , in the above code , if we get an operand , we automatically push it into the STACK because it is in order. The STACK is used because it provides an easy way to store and retreive the information in an organized manner. Since the Operands go in the same place as the INFIX , all we have to do is find out where to put the OPERATORS. Lets examine the following example: 1+2. Simple huh? Let's find out...

In order to do this with our algorithm , we will first take the '1'. Since its an Operand , we put it in the answer stack. so far everything looks like this


Now , we take the next character , a '+'. Since this is an Operator , we don't know what to do with it yet , so lets dump it into the OperatorStack , so now everything looks like this.

1                              +

Now , we hit a '2' , so we do the same as we did with the one.

1                             +

Now , since we are all pro's at converting infix2Postfix , we know that the answer is 12+
so we will just push the + in operatorstack onto answerstack , yeilding

ANSWERSTACK , and because this is in reverse order (a Stack , when taken out , it gives us
12+ , which is what we want! Is that it? I don't think so... Let's try this example , 1*2+3. Using what we would get what the graphic below illustrates.

So...How do we fix this you may be wondering? Well , the answer is very simple. As you can see , this did not work , because we want the * to be first. So , what we did in our solution on top was check to see if the OPERATOR we are placing in the stack has a lower precedence than the item in the TOP of the stack , we remove the item on the TOP and place it in the Answer stack. This we repeat. (There may be some errors in the code above (little ones only) If there are , PLEASE e-mail me. This is the main solution for the problem of converting INFIX to POSTFIX (without Parenthesis)
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Dealing with Parenthesis:
Dealing with parenthesis may be difficult , however , once we will analyze the situation and what parenthesis actually do , we will see it is a very trivial task. (Approx 2 or 3 lines of code). What the parenthesis actually do: After you look carefully at what parenthesis do , you will notice that parenthesis act like the highest precedence value. If you remember how we treated the highest order operator in our stack above , you will see how easy it is to deal with parenthesis. Since the parenthesis always have a higher precedence than the object before , the parenthesis will always go on top of the stack. (Simple huh?) So , all we have to do is make sure the parenthesis block goes on top. And how do we do this? There are many ways... One way is to this like so. If you encounter a '(' , you raise the precedence of the next operators by some number which will raise it by a 'degree' (if you have operators with precedence ranging from 1-3 , then you would have to add at least 4...) Then , you proceed as normal , until you hit a closing partenthesis (')') , in this case you subtract the 4 you added. Simple.
There are other ways of doing this just as easily , however , i won't dwell into those for a little while. (I hope to have them here.) This is all you need to know to be able to write your own Infix2PostFix converter.
Evaluating POSTFIX expressions

Evaluating Postfix expressions is a very simple task. As a matter of fact , you may have even figured it out your self! (Stacks...Stacks...Stacks...)

Here is the Algorithm to evaluate postfix expressions. It is very simple and i don't think you will need any further explanation. If you don't get it at first , try it in your head , and if you STILL don't get it , E-mail me


While (Characters in POSTFIX expression)
Get Char
    If ( Operand ) // number...
        Push into AnswerStack;
    If (Operator) //+,-,*,/
        Pop 2 elements from AnswerStack
        Operate(Operator_you_just_got , PoppedItem1,PoppedItem2);
} //end while loop;

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