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Old 01-14-2020, 02:49
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An infinite number of mathematical or algorithmic mappings are possible. Probably you need to be more specific on what operations are allowed and maximum number of ops as well as maybe more values. Otherwise easy enough:

Technically speaking that one liner is an algorithm upon which they all rely. I'm not sure how to properly mathematically phrase what I feel you ar asking, as doubtlessly not my silly example, but it's interesting in how hard the question might be to exactly specify. I would think something like the minimal kolmogorov complexity but even then maybe this formula is simpler with a mere 4 cases. I would like to see not only the intended answer but how are we to ask in a way which excludes all the endless wrong ones
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