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Old 2005-01-28, 14:18   #8
Peter Nelson
 
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Default Hypercalc

Firstly, the PERL interpreter is readily available for Windows platforms so you should have no problems with this.

Secondly, you may assume that anyone reading this forum knows what a factorial is, (or will look it up readily). The other math concepts discussed here are much more advanced. The explanation of what you mean by superfactorial was however, appropriate.

Thirdly,

Details about precision etc above are a bit vague.

I was able to google for "Hypercalc" and perl and found it at

http://home.earthlink.net/~mrob/pub/perl/hypercalc.txt

A URL like this would have assisted your original post immensely.

The comments explains that hypercalc uses logs once it gets beyond its capacity. And, as numbers get bigger, the precision decreases.

Observations are that a version in a compiled language like C would run much faster than a perl implementation.

Some people might dismiss this as a gimmick, merely to put down someone who is showing off their shiny new Texas Instruments scientific calculator by illustrating its inadequacies in number range etc.

Although prime95 does not have capability or need to work with such big numbers, this calculator might be useful to people in fields of science, engineering or mathematics. The method used in the source code might also be borrowed to incorporate the algorithm into another program, if appropriate.
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