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Topic: Calendar formula for 2nd Wednesday of each successive month
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From: nyc
Registered: 6/6/10
Re: Calendar formula for 2nd Wednesday of each successive month
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:21 AM
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> On Jan 25, 5:00 pm, Wally W. <ww8...@aim.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:51:15 -0800 (PST),
> Archimedes Plutonium wrote:
> >
> > >The last time I wrote about a calendar curiosity
> was
> > >when I asked how many calendar years do I need in
> order to not have to
> > >buy a new calendar. And the answer is 7, if we
> ignore leap years. The
> > >answer is 7 because I need only 7 calendars that
> start the january 1st
> > >with one of the seven days of the week. If I have
> those, I need not
> > >buy any new calendar.
> >
> > >But now I have a new calendar question, sort of a
> reversal of the 7
> > >calendars. I am receiving social security checks
> every 2nd wednesday
> > >of the month.
> > >So the question is, what math formula can be

> written that tells me how
> > >many days in each month, starting January of 2013
> for the next ten
> > >years, how many days in each month that I have to
> wait for the check.
> >
> > The approach of finding and adapting a general

> formula seems overly
> > complicated for the one-off task.
> >
> > It will probably be easier to make a table of dates

> in a spreadsheet
> > and extract the desired dates.
> >

> > >For example, January 2013, the first wednesday was
> 2nd and the second
> > >wednesday was the 9th which means I had to wait 9
> days for Jan 2012 to
> > >receive the check. Now Feb 2012, the first
> wednesday is 6th and the
> > >second wednesday is the 13th so I have to wait 13
> days.
> >
> > >So far I have this:
> > >2013
> > >Jan wait 9
> > >Feb wait 13
> > >.
> > >.
> > >.

> >
> > Your results are tabular.
> >
> > A spreadsheet can produce this output.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >

> > >So what is the formula that gives me those numbers
> without consulting
> > >a calendar? Here I would have to include leap
> years.
> >
> > >And it is obvious that the numbers have a lower
> limit of 7 and a upper
> > >limit of 15, depending on what day is the first
> day of that month.
> >
> > >What I am interested in is whether there is a
> internal pattern that
> > >can easily tell me if a month is going to have a
> early payday or
> > >whether it is near to 15 day wait.

Then, asshole, figure it out yourself. You get no special sympathy/treatment after dumping your off-topic garbage here in sci.math. Get it, MATH is the topic, asshole.
> >
> > >And I wonder if some years are going to have many
> 7 day paydays or
> > >many 15 day paydays, given that a
> > >probability of a 7 or 15 day month is about 1 per

> year since we have
> > >12/7 = 1.7
> >
> > >Anyone figure out a formula?
> >
> > Maybe, but it would be complicated and would

> probably be evaluated in
> > a spreadsheet.
> >
> > Why bother with a formula when the spreadsheet can

> produce the result
> > you want without complexity.
> >

> > >And I would guess that there is a general formula
> for what day is the
> > >1st of the month for the next ten years
> >
> > That would be a list of 120 days.
> >
> > Such a list is easy to produce in a spreadsheet

> without needing to
> > find a general forumula.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >

> > >has been figured out and that
> > >this formula is part of the solution for the 2nd

> wednesday of each
> > >month.
>
> Most people would like to have some idea of "how it
> works", or the
> mechanism or the internal pattern, rather than be fed
> the facts of a
> spreadsheet.
>
> One can easily get blueprints of a car engine, but
> what we really need
> to know is it works by explosions in cylinders,
> converted into forward
> motion.
>
> AP




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