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Faulty feature of Factor?

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  • Subject: [mg25113] Faulty feature of Factor?
  • From: Jack Goldberg <jackgold at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 03:14:35 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hi group,

Guess what Mathematica returns when you ask for   Factor[x-.1] ?  Don't peek;
guess first.  

If this is a feature, please explain its usefulness.

If this is a (pardon the b-word) bug, how can one get around it?

The same difficulty arises in many other cases, but this seems to me to be
the most egregious.

Thanks everyone.


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