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By hot3eed, history, 3 years ago, ,

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?

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