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Old 2017-02-27, 20:36   #5
"mahfoud belhadj"
Feb 2017
Kitchener, Ontario

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the problem with Fermat factoring method is that it is just one of what I call sequential methods. You are looking for a square to add to your number to get another square. And because we have no way of knowing where to start, we end up having to try one square after another another. So they can't be made efficient. Under certain circumstances, it can worse than using simple division. Try using Fermat method for say 13*643 and see how fast it converges to the solution. Then try division by primes below sqrt(13*643).
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