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Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 10:39:16 +0200 (CEST)

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Author: Mattias Andrée <maandree_AT_kth.se>
AuthorDate: Fri May 13 10:32:10 2016 +0200
Commit: Mattias Andrée <maandree_AT_kth.se>
CommitDate: Fri May 13 10:32:10 2016 +0200

How you would calculate factorials efficiently

Signed-off-by: Mattias Andrée <maandree_AT_kth.se>

diff --git a/doc/not-implemented.tex b/doc/not-implemented.tex
index 3934802..68c5d98 100644
--- a/doc/not-implemented.tex
+++ b/doc/not-implemented.tex
_AT_@ -174,6 +174,46 @@ important function for many combinatorial
applications, therefore it may be implemented
in the future if the demand is high enough.

+An efficient, yet not optimal, implementation
+of factorials that about halves the number of
+required multiplications compared to the naïve
+method can be derived from the observation
+
+\vspace{1em}
+$$\displaystyle{ + n! = n!! ~ \lfloor n / 2 \rfloor! ~ 2^{\lfloor n / 2 \rfloor} +}$$, $n$ odd.
+\vspace{1em}
+
+\noindent
+The resulting algorithm can be expressed
+
+\begin{alltt}
+ void
+ fact(z_t r, uint64_t n)
+ \{
+ z_t p, f, two;
+ uint64_t *ns, s = 1, i = 1;
+ zinit(p), zinit(f), zinit(two);
+ zseti(r, 1), zseti(p, 1), zseti(f, n), zseti(two, 2);
+ ns = alloca(zbits(f) * sizeof(*ns));
+ while (n > 1) \{
+ if (n & 1) \{
+ ns[i++] = n;
+ s += n >>= 1;
+ \} else \{
+ zmul(r, r, (zsetu(f, n), f));
+ n -= 1;
+ \}
+ \}
+ for (zseti(f, 1); i-- > 0; zmul(r, r, p);)
+ for (n = ns[i]; zcmpu(f, n); zadd(f, f, two))
+ zmul(p, p, f);
+ zlsh(r, r, s);
+ zfree(two), zfree(f), zfree(p);
+ \}
+\end{alltt}
+

\subsection{Subfactorial}
\label{sec:Subfactorial}
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