# BC Math Functions

• bcadd — Add two arbitrary precision numbers
• bccomp — Compare two arbitrary precision numbers
• bcdiv — Divide two arbitrary precision numbers
• bcmod — Get modulus of an arbitrary precision number
• bcmul — Multiply two arbitrary precision numbers
• bcpow — Raise an arbitrary precision number to another
• bcpowmod — Raise an arbitrary precision number to another, reduced by a specified modulus
• bcscale — Set default scale parameter for all bc math functions
• bcsqrt — Get the square root of an arbitrary precision number
• bcsub — Subtract one arbitrary precision number from another

### User Contributed Notes 19 notes

artefact2 at gmail dot com
6 years ago
Here are some useful functions to convert large hex numbers from and to large decimal ones :

<?php

public static function bchexdec(\$hex) {
if(
strlen(\$hex) == 1) {
return
hexdec(\$hex);
} else {

\$remain = substr(\$hex, 0, -1);

\$last = substr(\$hex, -1);
return
}
}

public static function
bcdechex(\$dec) {

\$last = bcmod(\$dec, 16);

\$remain = bcdiv(bcsub(\$dec, \$last), 16);

if(
\$remain == 0) {
return
dechex(\$last);
} else {
return
bcdechex(\$remain).dechex(\$last);
}
}
Bouke Haarsma
9 years ago
Please be aware not to use/have spaces in your strings. It took me a while to find the error in some advanced calculations!

<?php
echo bcadd("1", "2"); // 3
echo bcadd("1", "2 "); // 1
echo bcadd("1", " 2"); // 1
?>
kmeissen at gmx dot de
10 months ago
/*
* Computes ln(x) very fast even with high resolution
* uses standard log()-function to optimise convergence of
* ln(1+x) = x - x*x/2 + x*x*x/3 - ...
*
* example:
* bcscale(1000);
* \$x = bcln("1000000");
*
* result:
* \$x = 13.81551055796427410410794872810618524560660893...
* within 0.9 sec, that are 80 iterations
*
* @author Klaus Meissen, Germany
* @license Public domain
*/
function bcln(\$value) // value > 0
{
\$m = (string)log(\$value);
\$x = bcsub(bcdiv(\$value,bcexp(\$m)),"1");
\$res = "0";
\$xpow = "1";
\$i=0;
do
{
\$i++;
\$xpow = bcmul(\$xpow,\$x);
\$sum = bcdiv(\$xpow, \$i);
if (\$i%2==1)
{
\$res = bcadd(\$res, \$sum);
}else{
\$res = bcsub(\$res, \$sum);
}
}
while (bccomp(\$sum, '0'));
}
mgcclx at gmail dot com
10 years ago
I wrote this function with many BCMath functions. It should be the fastest function in PHP to find the number pi into any precision, my test is it generate 2000 digits after the dot in 8 seconds. I don't think you need anything more than that.
<?php
//bcpi function with Gauss-Legendre algorithm
//by Chao Xu (Mgccl)
function bcpi(\$precision){

\$limit = ceil(log(\$precision)/log(2))-1;

bcscale(\$precision+6);

\$a = 1;

\$b = bcdiv(1,bcsqrt(2));

\$t = 1/4;

\$p = 1;
while(
\$n < \$limit){

\$y = bcsqrt(bcmul(\$a, \$b));

\$t = bcsub(\$t, bcmul(\$p,bcpow(bcsub(\$a,\$x),2)));

\$a = \$x;

\$b = \$y;

\$p = bcmul(2,\$p);
++
\$n;
}
return
}
?>
mail at djordjeungar dot com
3 years ago
Inspired by dawidgarus' implementation, here's my simple bc math helper, it does not support function calls, but supports boolean comparisons and is about ~40% faster.

<?php
function bc() {

\$argv = func_get_args();

\$string = str_replace(' ', '', "({\$argv[0]})");

\$operations = array();
if (
strpos(\$string, '^') !== false) \$operations[] = '\^';
if (
strpbrk(\$string, '*/%') !== false) \$operations[] = '[\*\/\%]';
if (
strpbrk(\$string, '+-') !== false) \$operations[] = '[\+\-]';
if (
strpbrk(\$string, '<>!=') !== false) \$operations[] = '<|>|=|<=|==|>=|!=|<>';

\$string = preg_replace('/\\$([0-9\.]+)/e', '\$argv[\$1]', \$string);
while (
preg_match('/\(([^\)\(]*)\)/', \$string, \$match)) {
foreach (
\$operations as \$operation) {
if (
preg_match("/([+-]{0,1}[0-9\.]+)(\$operation)([+-]{0,1}[0-9\.]+)/", \$match[1], \$m)) {
switch(
\$m[2]) {
case
'+'\$result = bcadd(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'-'\$result = bcsub(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'*'\$result = bcmul(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'/'\$result = bcdiv(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'%'\$result = bcmod(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'^'\$result = bcpow(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'==':
case
'='\$result = bccomp(\$m[1], \$m[3]) == 0; break;
case
'>'\$result = bccomp(\$m[1], \$m[3]) == 1; break;
case
'<'\$result = bccomp(\$m[1], \$m[3]) ==-1; break;
case
'>=': \$result = bccomp(\$m[1], \$m[3]) >= 0; break;
case
'<=': \$result = bccomp(\$m[1], \$m[3]) <= 0; break;
case
'<>':
case
'!=': \$result = bccomp(\$m[1], \$m[3]) != 0; break;
}

\$match[1] = str_replace(\$m[0], \$result, \$match[1]);
}
}

\$string = str_replace(\$match[0], \$match[1], \$string);
}

return
\$string;
}
?>
pulstar at mail dot com
14 years ago
A good use for BCMath functions:
The functions below can convert a number in any base (from 2 to 256) to its decimal value and vice-versa.

// convert a decimal value to any other base value
function dec2base(\$dec,\$base,\$digits=FALSE) {
if(\$base<2 or \$base>256) die("Invalid Base: ".\$base);
bcscale(0);
\$value="";
if(!\$digits) \$digits=digits(\$base);
while(\$dec>\$base-1) {
\$rest=bcmod(\$dec,\$base);
\$dec=bcdiv(\$dec,\$base);
\$value=\$digits[\$rest].\$value;
}
\$value=\$digits[intval(\$dec)].\$value;
return (string) \$value;
}

// convert another base value to its decimal value
function base2dec(\$value,\$base,\$digits=FALSE) {
if(\$base<2 or \$base>256) die("Invalid Base: ".\$base);
bcscale(0);
if(\$base<37) \$value=strtolower(\$value);
if(!\$digits) \$digits=digits(\$base);
\$size=strlen(\$value);
\$dec="0";
for(\$loop=0;\$loop<\$size;\$loop++) {
\$element=strpos(\$digits,\$value[\$loop]);
\$power=bcpow(\$base,\$size-\$loop-1);
}
return (string) \$dec;
}

function digits(\$base) {
if(\$base>64) {
\$digits="";
for(\$loop=0;\$loop<256;\$loop++) {
\$digits.=chr(\$loop);
}
} else {
\$digits ="0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz";
\$digits.="ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ-_";
}
\$digits=substr(\$digits,0,\$base);
return (string) \$digits;
}

The purpose of digits() function above is to supply the characters that will be used as digits for the base you want. NOTE: You can use any characters for that when you convert to another base, but when you convert again to the decimal base, you need to use the same characters or you will get another unexpected result.
pulstar at mail dot com
14 years ago
A little comment for the simplified example above: you can do base converting without BCMath functions using only math operators, but you will not able to manage very large values or work with strings to compress or scramble data. If you have BCMath installed in your system it worth use it for this.
francois dot barbier at gmail dot com
7 years ago
As "benjcarson at digitaljunkies dot ca" (http://www.php.net/ref.bc.php#23038) noted in the first two comments, bcmath doesn't accept exponential notation.

Moreover, you might have other problems if you feed the bcmath functions directly with floating point numbers.
Consider the following example:
<?php
bcscale
(1);
\$a = 0.8;
\$b = 0.7;
var_dump((string) \$a);   // string(3) "0.8"
var_dump((string) \$b);   // string(3) "0.a"
var_dump(bcadd(\$a, \$b)); // string(3) "1.5"
setLocale(LC_ALL, 'fr_BE.UTF-8');
var_dump((string) \$a);   // string(3) "0,8" --> note the comma
var_dump((string) \$b);   // string(3) "0,7" --> note the comma
var_dump(bcadd(\$a, \$b)); // string(3) "0.0"
?>
The floating point numbers passed to the bcadd() function are automatically converted to string using the localized decimal separator. However, the bcmath functions always use a full stop, which results in the last result being incorrect.

Below is a function to convert floating point numbers to strings correctly. It takes care of the decimal separator and the exponential notation. It also preserve the precision without drifting away (e.g. 1.0 doesn't become 0.99999...)
<?php
/**
* Convert a number to locale independent string without E notation and without
* loosing precision
*
* @param      int/float/double \$fNumber The number to convert.
* @return     string The locale independent converted number.
*/
function bcconv(\$fNumber)
{

\$sAppend = '';

\$iDecimals = ini_get('precision') - floor(log10(abs(\$fNumber)));
if (
0 > \$iDecimals)
{

\$fNumber *= pow(10, \$iDecimals);

\$sAppend = str_repeat('0', -\$iDecimals);

\$iDecimals = 0;
}
return
number_format(\$fNumber, \$iDecimals, '.', '').\$sAppend;
}
?>

Example:
<?php
setLocale
(LC_ALL, 'fr_BE.UTF-8'); // decimal separator is now a comma
\$precision = ini_get('precision') + 2; // should give 16
bcscale(\$precision);
\$big = pow(10, \$precision);
\$small = 1 / \$big;
var_dump(bcconv(\$big + \$small));               // string(17) "10000000000000000"
var_dump(bcadd(\$big, \$small));                 // string(18) "0.0000000000000000"
var_dump(bcadd(bcconv(\$big), bcconv(\$small))); // string(34) "10000000000000000.0000000000000001"
?>
The first result's precision loss is due to PHP's internal floating point numbers' representation.
The second result is wrong because of the localized decimal separator.
Finally, the last result is correct.
marcus at synchromedia dot co dot uk
10 years ago
Oops, first posting contained wrong code... sorry.
An amendment to the entry by pulstar at mail dot com - the digits() function can be made much faster (remove the line breaks from the big string, and make sure you don't miss any characters!):

function digits2(\$base) {
if(\$base < 64) {
return substr('0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ-_', 0, \$base);
} else {
return substr("\x0\x1\x2\x3\x4\x5\x6\x7\x8\x9\xa\xb\xc\xd
\xe\xf\x10\x11\x12\x13\x14\x15\x16\x17\x18\x19\x1a\x1b\x1c\x1d
\x1e\x1f\x20!\x22#\x24%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>
\x3f@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\]
^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}~\x7f\x80\x81\x82\x83\x84\x85
\x86\x87\x88\x89\x8a\x8b\x8c\x8d\x8e\x8f\x90\x91\x92\x93\x94\x95
\x96\x97\x98\x99\x9a\x9b\x9c\x9d\x9e\x9f\xa0\xa1\xa2\xa3\xa4\xa5
\xb6\xb7\xb8\xb9\xba\xbb\xbc\xbd\xbe\xbf\xc0\xc1\xc2\xc3\xc4\xc5
\xc6\xc7\xc8\xc9\xca\xcb\xcc\xcd\xce\xcf\xd0\xd1\xd2\xd3\xd4\xd5
\xd6\xd7\xd8\xd9\xda\xdb\xdc\xdd\xde\xdf\xe0\xe1\xe2\xe3\xe4\xe5
\xe6\xe7\xe8\xe9\xea\xeb\xec\xed\xee\xef\xf0\xf1\xf2\xf3\xf4\xf5\xf6
\xf7\xf8\xf9\xfa\xfb\xfc\xfd\xfe\xff", 0, \$base);
}
}

in my benchmarks, this is around 150x faster for 256 digits
Diabolos at GMail dot com
12 years ago
Here's a function to compute the natural exponential function in arbitrary precision using the basic bcMath arithmetic operations.

EXAMPLE:
To compute the exponential function of 1.7 to 36 decimals:

\$y = bcExp("1.7", 36);

The result:
4.331733759839529271053448625299468628

would be returned in variable \$y

NOTE:
In practice, the last couple of digits may be inaccurate due to small rounding errors.  If you require a specific degree of precision, always compute 3-4 decimals beyond the required precision.

The program code for the natural exponential function is:
******************************************

Function bcExp(\$xArg, \$NumDecimals)

{
\$x = Trim(\$xArg);

\$PrevSum  = \$x - 1;
\$CurrTerm = 1;
\$CurrSum  = bcAdd("1", \$x, \$NumDecimals);
\$n        = 1;

While (bcComp(\$CurrSum, \$PrevSum, \$NumDecimals))

{
\$PrevSum  = \$CurrSum;
\$CurrTerm = bcDiv(bcMul(\$CurrTerm, \$x, \$NumDecimals), \$n + 1, \$NumDecimals);
\$CurrSum  = bcAdd(\$CurrSum, \$CurrTerm, \$NumDecimals);

\$n++;
}

Return \$CurrSum;
}
robert at scabserver dot com
12 years ago
I spent some time looking for how to generate a large random number, in the end I've settled for reading directly from /dev/urandom

I know this is a *nix only solution, but I figured that it might come in handy to someone else.

The value \$size is the size in bits, it could be simplified greatly if you want the size in bytes, but bits was more helpful to what I needed.

<?php
function bcrand(\$size)
{

\$filename = "/dev/urandom";

\$handle = fopen(\$filename, "r");

\$bin_urand = fread(\$handle, ceil(\$size/8.0));

fclose(\$handle);

\$mask = ((\$size % 8 < 5) ? '0' : '') . dechex(bindec(str_repeat('1', \$size % 8))) . str_repeat('FF', floor(\$size/8));

\$binrand = \$binmask & \$bin_urand;

\$hexnumber = unpack("H*", \$binrand);

\$hexnumber = \$hexnumber[''];

\$numlength = strlen(\$hexnumber);

\$decnumber = 0;
for(
\$x = 1; \$x <= \$numlength; \$x++)
{

\$place = \$numlength - \$x;

\$operand = hexdec(substr(\$hexnumber,\$place,1));

\$exponent = bcpow(16,\$x-1);

\$decValue = bcmul(\$operand, \$exponent);

\$decnumber = bcadd(\$decValue, \$decnumber);
}
return
\$decnumber;
}
?>
pulstar at mail dot com
14 years ago
A found a little fix to do in my base2dec() function:
The line "if(\$base<37) \$value=strtolower(\$value);" should be removed if you want to specify another digits for your base conversions. Change it this way:

if(!\$digits) {
\$digits=digits(\$base);
if(\$base<37) {
\$value=strtolower(\$value);
}
}

Another example using these functions is to generate a key for a session, to name temporary files or something else:

srand((double) microtime()*1000000);
\$id=uniqid(rand(10,999));
\$mykey=dec2base(base2dec(\$id,16),64);

\$mykey is a base64 value, which is a good key for passing thru an URL and also is shorter than a MD5 string (it will be allways 11 chars long). If you need something more secure, just scramble the 64 digits in the digits() function.

Well, I hope you enjoy it.

Regards,
Edemilson Lima
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thomas at tgohome dot com
7 years ago
Some useful bcmath functions:

<?php

/*
* Computes the factoral (x!).
* @author Thomas Oldbury.
* @license Public domain.
*/
function bcfact(\$fact, \$scale = 100)
{
if(
\$fact == 1) return 1;
return
bcmul(\$fact, bcfact(bcsub(\$fact, '1'), \$scale), \$scale);
}

/*
* Computes e^x, where e is Euler's constant, or approximately 2.71828.
* @author Thomas Oldbury.
* @license Public domain.
*/
function bcexp(\$x, \$iters = 7, \$scale = 100)
{

/* Compute e^x. */

\$res = bcadd('1.0', \$x, \$scale);
for(
\$i = 0; \$i < \$iters; \$i++)
{

\$res += bcdiv(bcpow(\$x, bcadd(\$i, '2'), \$scale), bcfact(bcadd(\$i, '2'), \$scale), \$scale);
}
return
\$res;
}

/*
* Computes ln(x).
* @author Thomas Oldbury.
* @license Public domain.
*/
function bcln(\$a, \$iters = 10, \$scale = 100)
{

\$result = "0.0";

for(
\$i = 0; \$i < \$iters; \$i++)
{

\$pow = bcadd("1.0", bcmul(\$i, "2.0", \$scale), \$scale);

//\$pow = 1 + (\$i * 2);

\$mul = bcdiv("1.0", \$pow, \$scale);

\$fraction = bcmul(\$mul, bcpow(bcdiv(bcsub(\$a, "1.0", \$scale), bcadd(\$a, "1.0", \$scale), \$scale), \$pow, \$scale), \$scale);

\$result = bcadd(\$fraction, \$result, \$scale);
}

\$res = bcmul("2.0", \$result, \$scale);
return
\$res;
}

/*
* Computes a^b, where a and b can have decimal digits, be negative and/or very large.
* Also works for 0^0. Only able to calculate up to 10 digits. Quite slow.
* @author Thomas Oldbury.
* @license Public domain.
*/
function bcpowx(\$a, \$b, \$iters = 25, \$scale = 100)
{

\$ln = bcln(\$a, \$iters, \$scale);
return
bcexp(bcmul(\$ln, \$b, \$scale), \$iters, \$scale);
}

\$precision = 35;

echo
"3^4.5,          precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('3', '4.5', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"4.5^3,          precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('4.5', '3', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"8^1/2,          precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('8', '0.5', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"28^-1,          precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('28', '-1', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"432^0,          precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('432', '0', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"0^0,            precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('0.0', '0', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^999,          precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^9999,         precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '9999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^99999,        precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '99999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^999999,       precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '999999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^9999999,      precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '9999999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^99999999,     precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '99999999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^999999999,    precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '999999999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^9999999999,   precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '9999999999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^99999999999,  precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '99999999999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";
echo
"9^999999999999, precision 15, iters 25 = " . bcpowx('9', '999999999999', 25, \$precision) . "\n";

?>
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dawidgarus at gmail dot com
5 years ago
If you too are confused with illegible code like this:
<?php
\$a
= "3";
\$b = "5";
bcadd(bcmod(bcadd(bcdiv(bcsqrt(bcadd(7, bcpow(\$a, 2))), 4), \$b), "4"), "0.5"); // i might made a mistake somewhere
?>

You may consider use my function, which makes example above look:
<?php
bc
("(sqrt(7 + \$1^2) / 4 + \$2) % 4 + 0.5", "3", "5");
?>

Code:
<?php

function bc() {

\$functions = 'sqrt';

// list of | separated functions
// sqrt refer to bcsqrt etc.
// function must take exactly 1 argument

\$argv = func_get_args();

\$string = str_replace(' ', '', '('.\$argv[0].')');

\$string = preg_replace('/\\$([0-9\.]+)/e', '\$argv[\$1]', \$string);
while (
preg_match('/(('.\$functions.')?)\(([^\)\(]*)\)/', \$string, \$match)) {
while (

preg_match('/([0-9\.]+)(\^)([0-9\.]+)/', \$match[3], \$m) ||

preg_match('/([0-9\.]+)([\*\/\%])([0-9\.]+)/', \$match[3], \$m) ||

preg_match('/([0-9\.]+)([\+\-])([0-9\.]+)/', \$match[3], \$m)
) {
switch(
\$m[2]) {
case
'+': \$result = bcadd(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'-': \$result = bcsub(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'*': \$result = bcmul(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'/': \$result = bcdiv(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'%': \$result = bcmod(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
case
'^': \$result = bcpow(\$m[1], \$m[3]); break;
}

\$match[3] = str_replace(\$m[0], \$result, \$match[3]);
}
if (!empty(
\$match[1]) && function_exists(\$func = 'bc'.\$match[1]))  {

\$match[3] = \$func(\$match[3]);
}

\$string = str_replace(\$match[0], \$match[3], \$string);
}
return
\$string;
}

?>

Note you must define scale with bcscale().
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stonehew et g m a i l dut com
12 years ago
I hacked these taylor expansions up to make diagrams for some physics homework.  I don't think you'll be wanting to do any real science with PHP... but what the hell, why not?  I plan to implement either a spigot algorithm or something similar to generate pi in the near future.

<?
// arbitrary precision sin and cosine functions
// author tom boothby
// free for any use

function bcfact(\$n) {
\$r = \$n--;
while(\$n>1) \$r=bcmul(\$r,\$n--);
return \$r;
}

function bcsin(\$a) {
\$or= \$a;
\$r = bcsub(\$a,bcdiv(bcpow(\$a,3),6));
\$i = 2;
while(bccomp(\$or,\$r)) {
\$or=\$r;
switch(\$i%2) {
case 0:  \$r = bcadd(\$r,bcdiv(bcpow(\$a,\$i*2+1),bcfact(\$i*2+1))); break;
default: \$r = bcsub(\$r,bcdiv(bcpow(\$a,\$i*2+1),bcfact(\$i*2+1))); break;
}
\$i++;
}
return \$r;
}

function bccos(\$a) {
\$or= \$a;
\$r = bcsub(1,bcdiv(bcpow(\$a,2),2));
\$i = 2;
while(bccomp(\$or,\$r)) {
\$or=\$r;
switch(\$i%2) {
case 0:  \$r = bcadd(\$r,bcdiv(bcpow(\$a,\$i*2),bcfact(\$i*2))); break;
default: \$r = bcsub(\$r,bcdiv(bcpow(\$a,\$i*2),bcfact(\$i*2))); break;
}
\$i++;
}
return \$r;
}

?>
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oliver at summertime dot net
14 years ago
A simplier Version of the Script above:

function dec2base(\$dec, \$digits) {
\$value = "";
\$base  = strlen(\$digits);
while(\$dec>\$base-1) {
\$rest = \$dec % \$base;
\$dec  = \$dec / \$base;
\$value = \$digits[\$rest].\$value;
}
\$value = \$digits[intval(\$dec)].\$value;
return (string) \$value;
}

function base2dec(\$value, \$digits) {
\$value = strtoupper(\$value);
\$base  = strlen(\$digits);
\$size  = strlen(\$value);
\$dec   = '0';
for (\$loop = 0; \$loop<\$size; \$loop++) {
\$element = strpos(\$digits,\$value[\$loop]);
\$power   = pow(\$base,\$size-\$loop-1);
\$dec    += \$element * \$power;
}
return (string) \$dec;
}

\$digits = "ABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRSTUVWXYZ23456789";
echo dec2base('1000', \$digits);
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stonehew ut gm a il det com
12 years ago
Like any other bc function, you can't trust the last couple of digits, but everything else seems to check out.  If you want to use this for anything important, you may want to verify this against other sources of pi before use.  This function calculates 100 decimal places of pi in 329 iterations -- not exactly fast (each iteration calls the factorial function, from below, twice), so I try to avoid calling it more than once.

<?
//arbitrary precision pi approximator
//author tom boothby
//free for any use

function bcpi() {
\$r=2;
\$i=0;
\$or=0;

while(bccomp(\$or,\$r)) {
\$i++;
\$or=\$r;
bcpow(2,\$i+1)),bcfact(2*\$i+1)));
}

return \$r;
}

?>
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Charles
8 years ago
Function to round bc string:

<?php
function bcround(\$strval, \$precision = 0) {
if (
false !== (\$pos = strpos(\$strval, '.')) && (strlen(\$strval) - \$pos - 1) > \$precision) {

\$zeros = str_repeat("0", \$precision);
return
} else {
return
\$strval;
}
}
?>
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udochen at gmail dot com
10 years ago
Code below implements standard rounding on 5 or higer round up, else don't round.  There wasn't a round function for the BC functions, so here is a simple one that works. Same args as round, except takes strings and returns a string for more BC operations.

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function roundbc(\$x, \$p) {

\$x = trim(\$x);
\$data = explode(".",\$x);

if(substr(\$data[1],\$p,1) >= "5") {

//generate the add string.
\$i=0;
while(\$i < \$p) {
\$i++;
}//end while.

//now add the addString to the original fraction.
\$sum = bcadd(\$data[0] . "." . \$data   [1],\$addString,\$p+1);

//explode the result.
\$sumData = explode(".",\$sum);

//now, return the correct precision on the rounded number.
return \$sumData[0] . "." . substr(\$sumData[1],0,\$p);

} else {

//don't round the value and return the orignal to the desired
//precision or less.
return \$data[0] . "." . substr(\$data[1],0,\$p);

}//end if/else.

}//end roundbc.