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Re: Code optimization


Hi,

Instead of writing

 foo =(expression 1)/(obscenely complex expression )+ (expression 2)/
(obscenely complex expression )

it pays out to do something like :

denominator = obscenely complex expression ;

foo=(expression 1)/denominator + (expression 2)/denominator

Mathematica will calculate the complex expression once and store the
result in denominator
and only use that for later occurances of denominator.

If you use

denominator := obscenely complex expression ;

instead, it will recalculate the complex stuff each time denominator
is encountered.

Markus


>
> foo =(expression 1)/denominator + (expression 2)/denominator
>
> where "denominator" is itself a complex expression. Is it worthwhile for
> me to compute "denominator" once and use it explicitly in foo, or will
> Mathematica cleverly deduce that it needs to be computed only once?
>
> My guess is that Mathematica is an interpreter so it will not optimize the code.
>
> Steve Gray


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