|The stupid question is the question not asked|
PS: This reminds of division in high school days ;)
I guess that's where the "cancelling out" phrase comes from :)
Maybe the confusion comes from the fact that most people younger than me never learned to cancel out their equations because they all used calculators from an early age.
They probably don't know what "casting out the nines" is either.
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
Lingua non convalesco, consenesco et abolesco. -- Rule 1 has a caveat! -- Who broke the cabal?
"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.
In reply to Re^3: Algorithm for cancelling common factors between two lists of multiplicands