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Sorry sk. I try to always attribute ideas, but it's been a long thread, several days and I've had other conversations beyond the thread. I may have misremembered the sequence of things.
For the algorithm, the problem is the implementation not the sort'n'subtract. With 4 values on top and 5 underneath, there are numerous ways in which the subtraction needs to be done. Ie.
And for low numbers, the time spent ordering and eliminating outweigths the benefits.
It's just a case of coding the mechanism in an economic fashion.
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In reply to Re^4: Algorithm for cancelling common factors between two lists of multiplicands