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2. Re: function to get the interest rate
pollywog Feb 18, 2011 8:13 PM (in response to 840954)I found this formula on http://www.fonerbooks.com/solving.htm
the guy borrowed 100,000 for the mortgage and is making monthly payments of $830.33 for 15 years
looks like to solve for the interest they take the equation
P / M = [ i(1 + i)^n ] / [ (1 + i)^n  1]
and make a guess at the interest rate and keep incrementing until the two sides match (or are close)
anyway I did in sql starting with and interated .01% interest rate and and incrementing by .01% for
10000 iterations and I ordered by the smallest difference between the two sides of the equation
and came up with 5.75% which I believe is correct
WITH variables AS ( SELECT 100000 M, 830.33 P, 180 n, LEVEL * .0001 i FROM DUAL CONNECT BY LEVEL <= 10000) SELECT i * 100  '%' interest_rate, P / M, ( (i / 12) * POWER ( (1 + (i / 12)), n)) / (POWER ( (1 + (i / 12)), n)  1) FROM variables ORDER BY ABS ( (P / M)  ( ( (i / 12) * POWER ( (1 + (i / 12)), n)) / (POWER ( (1 + (i / 12)), n)  1)))
you could probably make this better so it doesn't have to do all the iterations if you use a recursive with or the model clauseINTEREST_RATE P/M ((I/12)*POWER((1+(I/12)),N))/(POWER((1+(I/12)),N)1) 5.75% 0.0083033 0.00830410087019666 5.74% 0.0083033 0.00829874710327995 5.76% 0.0083033 0.00830945655888689 5.73% 0.0083033 0.00829339525864719 5.77% 0.0083033 0.00831481416883952 5.72% 0.0083033 0.00828804533680813 5.78% 0.0083033 0.00832017369954276 5.71% 0.0083033 0.00828269733827184 5.79% 0.0083033 0.00832553515048413
and stop when the difference between the two sides of the equation is less then some number.
Edited by: pollywog on Feb 18, 2011 3:11 PM 
3. Re: function to get the interest rate
Etbin Feb 19, 2011 7:27 AM (in response to pollywog)You don't need 10000 iterations :(
Almost 40 years ago I was taught to rewrite the formula as (speeding up convergence):
<font face="courier" size = "3"><b> i := PM * (1  1 / POWER(1 + i,n12)) </b></font> (a monthly interest rate gets computed)
computing separately:
<font face="courier" size = "3"><b> n12 = 12 * n </b></font> and <font face="courier" size = "3"><b> PM = P / M </b></font> using PM as the first approximation for <font face="courier" size = "3"><b> i </b></font> on the right side
iterating until successive approximation differr only after some chosen decimal position (less than 40 iterations should get you 10 decimal positions)
dont forget to multiply by 12 the solution obtained to get the year rate ;)
I don't have database access to provide a tested solution and haven't heard of our model man for quite a time (I don't feel like providing a model solution without testing either)
Regards
Etbin
Edited by: Etbin on 19.2.2011 8:17
PM introduced (to get a single multiplication in each iteration instead of a multiplication and a division)
Edited by: Etbin on 19.2.2011 8:27 
4. Re: function to get the interest rate
Etbin Feb 21, 2011 9:04 AM (in response to Etbin)declare m number := 100000; p number := 830.33; n number := 15; n12 number := 12 * n; pm number := p / m; i number := pm; old_i number := 2 * pm; ret_val number; cnt pls_integer := 0; begin  while old_i > i /* to compute to maximum precision */ while old_i  i > 5 * power(10,11) /* to achieve 10 digits precision */ loop cnt := cnt + 1; old_i := i; i := pm * (1  1 / power(1 + i,n12)); if cnt > 500 then exit; end if; dbms_output.put_line(to_char(cnt)' 'to_char(old_i)' 'to_char(i)' 'to_char(old_i  i)); end loop; ret_val := 12 * i; dbms_output.put_line(to_char(cnt)' iterations to return 'to_char(ret_val)); end;