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Id: 62918
Status: resolved
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Queue: Math-BigInt

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Subject: _modpow(x, y, z) returns 1, not 0, when x = 0 and y > 0
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Mathematically, 0^a (mod b) = 0, when a and b are positive integers. The Math::BigInt::Calc library returns 1, not 0. Here is a code snipped that prints 1, not 0, as it should: ---------------------------------------- use strict; use warnings; use Math::BigInt::Calc; my $CALC = 'Math::BigInt::Calc'; my $x = $CALC -> _new(0); my $y = $CALC -> _new(5); my $z = $CALC -> _new(3); my $ans = $CALC -> _modpow($x, $y, $z); # ($x ** $y) % $z print $CALC -> _str($ans), "\n"; ----------------------------------------
Subject: Re: [rt.cpan.org #62918] _modpow(x, y, z) returns 1, not 0, when x = 0 and y > 0
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:09:19 -0800
To: bug-Math-BigInt [...] rt.cpan.org
From: Jonathan Leto <jonathan [...] leto.net>
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Howdy, Show quoted text
>     Subject: _modpow(x, y, z) returns 1, not 0, when x = 0 and y > 0
[snip] Show quoted text
> Mathematically, > >  0^a (mod b) = 0, when a and b are positive integers.
This is correct, and is actually true for all a, b != 0. Show quoted text
> > The Math::BigInt::Calc library returns 1, not 0. Here is a code snipped > that prints 1, not 0, as it should: > > ---------------------------------------- > use strict; > use warnings; > use Math::BigInt::Calc; > > my $CALC = 'Math::BigInt::Calc'; > > my $x = $CALC -> _new(0); > my $y = $CALC -> _new(5); > my $z = $CALC -> _new(3); > > my $ans = $CALC -> _modpow($x, $y, $z);   # ($x ** $y) % $z
I think your above comment is wrong, which is confusing, it should be: # $x ** ( $y % $z ) Show quoted text
> print $CALC -> _str($ans), "\n"; > ---------------------------------------- >
I think this is a valid bug. If you could turn this code into a failing test, that would be really useful. Duke -- Jonathan "Duke" Leto jonathan@leto.net http://leto.net
On Thu Nov 11 13:01:48 2010, LETO wrote: Show quoted text
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> > Mathematically, > > > >  0^a (mod b) = 0, when a and b are positive integers.
> > This is correct, and is actually true for all a, b != 0.
Yes, but Math::BigInt::Calc only deals with non-negative integers. The stuff for negative a and b is taken care of in Math::BigInt->bmodpow() front-end. Show quoted text
> > my $ans = $CALC -> _modpow($x, $y, $z);   # ($x ** $y) % $z
> > I think your above comment is wrong, which is confusing, it should be: > > # $x ** ( $y % $z )
The documentation in Math::BigInt says ($num**$exp) % $mod), a comment in the source of Math::BigInt::Calc says # modulus of power ($x ** $y) % $z, and if you google "modular exponentiation", I think you will see that this is the most common definition. Personally, I haven't seen any other definition than this, but that doesn't mean no-one uses it. Show quoted text
> I think this is a valid bug. If you could turn this code into a > failing test, that would be really useful.
I have fixed the code and added test cases. Florian will receive a Github pull request some day soon.


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