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Optimized for 0*x ?

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  • Subject: [mg6461] Optimized for 0*x ?
  • From: mrb at (Mike Brewer)
  • Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 23:00:20 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Oxford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

If I execute an expression 
a * x

where a is exactly 0, and x is anything (e.g. Exp[y^2]), does mathematica
know not to evaluate x (which may require some processing)? The reason I
want to know this is because I have a set of variables which become
extremely small during the algorithm, and would like to save some processing
time by using Chop[] to reduce them to 0 exactly.



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