Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
We don't bite newbies here... much
 
PerlMonks  

comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Don't factor!
Indeed, factoring saves time only when almost all of the factors can be canceled. Otherwise, the factors will just be multiplied back together – at great cost – to arrive back at nearly the original terms (magnitude wise), which then must be multiplied with each other to yield the final product.

For example, if we start with 12 and factor it into 2x2x3, do we win or lose if we can cancel only one term? Two BigInt multiplications (e.g., 2x3xN, where N is large) is probably more costly than the original single multiplication (12xN), which makes our factoring a net loss, even though 2x3=6 is smaller than 12. Simply put, when it comes to run time the number of multiplications is what matters most.

We probably win only when we can cancel all or all but one of the factors. Given that our numerators and denominators are often greatly unbalanced, how often will that happen? Our emprical results suggest not enough to be worthwhile. More likely, we will end up with one side of the dividing line plagued with little factors, like aphids on a rosebud, each sucking up an expensive multiplication.


In reply to Re^4: Algorithm for cancelling common factors between two lists of multiplicands by tmoertel
in thread Algorithm for cancelling common factors between two lists of multiplicands by BrowserUk

Title:
Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":



  • Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
    <code> <a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br /> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <hr /> <i> <li> <nbsp> <ol> <p> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped in <code> tags not <pre> tags. In fact, <pre> tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor intervention).
  • Want more info? How to link or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.
Log In?
Username:
Password:

What's my password?
Create A New User
Domain Nodelet?
Chatterbox?
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others perusing the Monastery: (7)
As of 2023-01-28 22:16 GMT
Sections?
Information?
Find Nodes?
Leftovers?
    Voting Booth?

    No recent polls found

    Notices?