The formula I'm asking about in problem 486A is the one in most C++ answers which is:
n/2-n*(n%2), now where does this formula come from? Also, I found this solution in which the author says that he looked for a pattern (tldr; if the number is even then
n/2 or else if it's odd then
-1 * ((n+1)/2)) until he found one which actually works, is there any explanation for this pattern? Also, is this kind of patterns a matter of trial and error or is there a way to identify them?