# Project Euler Problem 9: Special Pythagorean triplet

A Pythagorean triplet is a set of three natural numbers, $a < b < c$, for which,

\begin{equation} a^2 + b^2 = c^2 \end{equation}

For example, $3^2 + 4^2 = 9 + 16 = 25 = 5^2$.

There exists exactly one Pythagorean triplet for which $a + b + c = 1000$. Find the product $abc$.

#### Remark¶

This is a fairly straighforward constraint satisfaction problem (CSP) and is perhaps most easily solved in a CSP modelling language such as MiniZinc. However, to employ such tools would be to defeat the very purpose of the exercise, which is to give us practice with implementation.

```
from six.moves import range, reduce
```

#### Version 1: The Obvious¶

```
pair_sum_eq = lambda n, start=0: ((i, n-i) for i in range(start, (n>>1)+1))
```

```
list(pair_sum_eq(21, 5))
```

Note that $3a < a + b + c = 1000$, so $a < \frac{1000}{3} \Leftrightarrow a \leq \lfloor \frac{1000}{3} \rfloor = 333$ so $1 \leq a \leq 333$. Therefore, we need only iterate up to 333 in the outermost loop. Now, $b + c = 1000 - a$, so $667 \leq b + c \leq 999$, so we look at all pairs $333 \leq b < c$ such that $b + c = 1000 - a$ with the help of the function `pair_sum_eq`

. Within the innermost loop, the $a, b, c$ now satisfy the constraints $a < b < c$ and $a + b + c = 1000$ so now we need only check that they indeed form a Pythagorean triplet, i.e. $a^2 + b^2 = c^2$, and yield it.

```
def pythagorean_triplet_sum_eq(n):
for a in range(1, n//3+1):
for b, c in pair_sum_eq(n-a, start=n//3):
if a*a + b*b == c*c:
yield a, b, c
```

```
list(pythagorean_triplet_sum_eq(1000))
```

```
prod = lambda iterable: reduce(lambda x,y: x*y, iterable)
```

```
prod(pythagorean_triplet_sum_eq(1000))
```

#### Version 2: Euclid's Formula¶

```
# TODO
```

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