Charles Greathouse on Thu, 09 Dec 2010 07:23:04 +0100

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Exposing library functions to GP

I've been thinking about the changes I make between my GP scripts and
Pari library functions.  One function that has been very useful is
Z_factor_until: often just 'one more factor' is enough to exit a
function, while a complete factorization may be hard to find.  For
example, consider the case of a function checking if a number is a

I'm not sure if suggestions of this sort are welcome.  The guidelines
"We classify changes to PARI into four rough classes, where changes of
the first three types are almost certain to be accepted."
seem to discourage new functions, though perhaps this is an extension
to an existing function rather than a new function.

The natural next question: if this was added to GP, what would be the best way?

One way would be to simply add parser codes for the function in its
current form.  Another would be to add it as an option in factorint
(what would be the best way?).  Another option would be to make a
standalone function, perhaps called findfactor, that would return a
proper factor of the number, unless the number is a probable prime (in
which case it could return 1, the number itself, or throw an error; I
tend to favor the first option).

Charles Greathouse
Case Western Reserve University