Loïc Grenié on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:29:08 +0100

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Re: New gp function fold()

2014-11-25 22:05 GMT+01:00 Bill Allombert <Bill.Allombert@math.u-bordeaux.fr>:
> On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 03:08:26PM -0500, Charles Greathouse wrote:
>> We might consider a function (or flag) that folds by binary splitting. For
>> example, this could be used to keep subproducts small:
> Binary splitting is not necessarily useful for all associative operations.

  Thus it sounds like a flag is useful !

> This is mostly useful for multiplication, and factorback() and lcm() already
> handles this case. Do you have other examples ?
> But as you say, the issue is that it would be awkward to document for
> non-associative operations.

Doc: if the operation is not associative, the result is random.