Division still cost more than multiplication?
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- Subject: [mg24253] Division still cost more than multiplication?
- From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
- Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 23:10:35 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Stanford University
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
Old-time FORTRAN programmers (like me) were taught (at least in early days) that division cost a lot more machine cycles than multiplication. So, if you had an expression like y = x/c that was going to be called many times inside a loop, where x and y were variables and c a constant, you'd code this as: (Outside the loop) cInverse = 1/c; (Begin loop structure) y = cInverse * x Does this still make any sense in Mathematica? Or is it a primitive relic of long-gone days?