For a new software project I’ve searched for a good math parser for .NET.

Beside parsing and evaluating a formula with all common mathematical functions (like sine, cosine, logarithm, …), I additionally needed to be able to use variables inside the formulas.

The best solution that I found is this one here:

http://www.lundin.info/mathparser.asp

The usage is very easy; here you can see a C# example code:

// Instantiate the parser ExpressionParser parser = new ExpressionParser(); // Create a hashtable to hold values Hashtable h = new Hashtable(); // Add variables and values to hashtable h.Add("x", 1.ToString()); h.Add("y", 2.ToString()); // Parse and get the result double result = parser.Parse("xcos(y)", h);

And for those of you that prefer Visual Basic .NET:

' Instantiate the parser Dim parser As New ExpressionParser() ' Create a hashtable to hold values Dim h As New Hashtable() ' Add variables and values to hashtable h.Add("x", 1.ToString()) h.Add("y", 2.ToString()) ' Parse and get the result Dim result As Double result = parser.Parse("xcos(y)", h)

It is important that the values are always added as String to the hashtable of variables. The reason is that internally it just injects them into the formula before parsing it – this way they have to be of type String, obviously.

The free assembly is open source and under the LGPL license. Therefore it can also be use in commercial projects as long as it is only linked dynamically as external library.

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