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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Sure, arxiv

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Okay, thanks. I will look at it, in the meantime I use mine because I can understand it.

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**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

Yeah, me too.

I'll use this only when maxima can't obtain a g.f or recurrence, there are too many functions and options in this!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Sorry, but I need to rest. Wish I could talk with you more.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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No problem, see you later..

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

I have some ideas on that square root problem.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

What are those ideas?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Use the built in square root function, then take the floor and the ceiling of that number. Add one and subtract one to each one. Now square each one and match it to the number you are testing.

That should take care of round off error either way.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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bobbym wrote:

Use the built in square root function, then take the floor and the ceiling of that number. Add one and subtract one to each one. Now square each one and match it to the number you are testing.

That should take care of round off error either way.

How is that different from the code code I have proposed?!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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How is that different from the code code I have proposed?!

For one thing, I am proposing testing 4 numbers rather than 2.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Of those 4 numbers, 2 will never be the square root of the given number, with rounding errors or without...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

That may not be the case. For instance and this is just an example:

He gets an answer of 35136.000001. Is that round off from the correct 35135.9999998 or from 35136?

I proposed it as a way of being sure by testing 2 smaller and 2 larger.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

We want our number to be a square of an integer, not a real number... Do you have an example in which my code will not get the correct answer and yours will?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

These are just suggestions for gAr to consider.

Do you have an example in which my code will not get the correct answer and yours will?

If you are demanding correctnes you do not even know if your idea would always work.

I would presume that an exhaustive test would have to be done on every square with whatever method he chooses.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Good idea, but I liked your integer only suggestion better since the code dealing with integers would be faster than floating points. Also, that algorithm on wikipedia did not even have integer divisions, only shift operations!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I was not suggesting rewriting a floating point routine. You would be using the built in square root routine as an estimate. It is probably implemented in the math coprocessor and would not use much time at all.

The integer square root does have the advantage of being verified for any other idea you would have to prove that it never missed. That means checking 4 billion square roots once.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Yes, I know you were talking about using the built-in sqrt, but I'm not sure whether that will be faster than our own integer sqrt.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The speed question is secondary. I have no proof that mine will work in every case. It was just a suggestion.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Okay, thanks for the idea..

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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So you will go with the isqrt routine? You wanted more speed than Sage could provide?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Yes, I wanted more speed, since looping is a lot slower in sage.

But sage does provide with enough terms in reasonable time to get the g.f / recurrence.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Perhaps Sage, has a single command that does what you want?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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You mean, to solve the diophantine equation?

I did not search for it yet.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

No, I meant to determine whether a number is a square or not.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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That's already there, I was concerned about the requirement to loop through each integer.

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