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### Re^2: Algorithm for cancelling common factors between two lists of multiplicands

by BrowserUk (Pope)
 on Aug 08, 2005 at 20:20 UTC ( #482014=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Thankyou hv.

That'll work. I don't suppose you know of a good factoring algorithm?

I'd like to avoid Math::Pari (if possible) for this.

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Re^3: Algorithm for cancelling common factors between two lists of multiplicands
by hv (Parson) on Aug 09, 2005 at 00:07 UTC

For simple problems I usually use something like this:

{ my @p; BEGIN { @p = (2, 3) } sub nextprime { my \$p = \$p[\$#p]; DIV: while (1) { \$p += 2; my \$pc = 0; while (1) { my \$d = \$p[\$pc++]; last if \$d * \$d > \$p; next DIV unless \$p % \$d; } \$p[@p] = \$p; return \$p; } } sub factors { my \$n = shift; my(\$pc, @result) = (0); while (\$n > 1) { my \$d = \$p[\$pc++] || nextprime(); if (\$d * \$d > \$n) { push @result, \$n; \$n = 1; } else { while (\$n % \$d == 0) { \$n /= \$d; push @result, \$d; } } } \@result; } }

The rest of the time I use Math::Big*, sometimes with Pari or (lately) GMP.

Hugo

Nice, thankyou. I like nextPrime(). I was kludging something together by embedding the first 1000 primes in a DATA section.

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"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
The "good enough" maybe good enough for the now, and perfection maybe unobtainable, but that should not preclude us from striving for perfection, when time, circumstance or desire allow.

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