[Maxima] Re: proposal to bring ifactor into src/, was: Factoring large integers

Robert Dodier robert.dodier at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 19:32:57 CST 2006


On 2/2/06, Andrej Vodopivec <andrej.vodopivec at gmail.com> wrote:

> I can look into moving ifacor to src/. I wouldn't mind having
> different functions for factoring polynomials and factoring integers.

I guess factor(1234) is ambiguous since there's no way to tell
whether you mean to treat 1234 as a polynomial or an integer,
so it seems like it would be more correct to have two functions.
It's going to be a little surprising to users who enter factor(1234)
and get 1234 as the result, expecting 2 * 617 instead. I don't
know how to help those people find ifactor; I don't really like
warning messages.

best,
Robert Dodier




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