user6896477 - 4 months ago 22

Java Question

This is part of a class that store and evaluate a polynomial of input number

And here is the method

`public class Polynomial{`

int coef,power;

public Polynomial(int maxPower){

}

public void setTerm(int coefficient, int power) {

this.coef = coefficient;

this.power = power;

}

And the input parameters in main method

`public static void main(String[] args){`

Polynomial q = new Polynomial(2);

q.setTerm(2, 0);

q.setTerm(0, 1);

q.setTerm(3, 2);

System.out.println(q);

}

And There is a toString method to print out the polynomial looks like this

`public String toString(){`

return

}

I kept encountering the problem where the setTerm method only read the last input parameters which is q.setTerm(3,2), and I think the first two were replaced. What can I do?

Answer

So in your example we have to remember the previously seen terms.

I will do it via a map as the follows.

```
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;
/**
* Created by arunavs on 9/28/16.
*/
public class Polynomial {
// Key is power, value is coeff.
private Map<Integer, Integer> powerToCoeffMap = new HashMap<>();
// Maximal power allowed for polynomial.
private int maxPower;
public Polynomial(int maxPower){
this.maxPower = maxPower;
}
public void setTerm(int coefficient, int power) {
if (power > maxPower) {
// throw some exception here.
}
powerToCoeffMap.put(power, coefficient);
}
// terms may be rearranged in output.
public String toString() {
StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();
powerToCoeffMap.forEach((power, coeff) -> {builder.append(coeff + "x^" + power+ " ");});
return builder.toString();
}
public static void main(String args[]) {
Polynomial q = new Polynomial(2);
q.setTerm(2, 0);
q.setTerm(0, 1);
q.setTerm(3, 2);
System.out.println(q);
}
}
```

Outputs : 2x^0 0x^1 3x^2

I hope this helps.