Feature #4831


Added by mame (Yusuke Endoh) over 9 years ago. Updated about 3 years ago.

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lib/prime provides Integer#prime_division, but I always forget the name.
I think that #prime_factors is more suitable. I'd like to hear opinions
of English natives. What do you think?

Yusuke Endoh

Updated by drbrain (Eric Hodel) over 9 years ago

Yes, #prime_factors and #factors are synonyms.


Updated by shyouhei (Shyouhei Urabe) almost 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Assigned

Updated by yhara (Yutaka HARA) over 8 years ago

  • Target version changed from 2.0.0 to 2.6

Updated by naruse (Yui NARUSE) about 3 years ago

  • Target version deleted (2.6)

Updated by yugui (Yuki Sonoda) about 3 years ago

I am not against adding such an alias but I'd like to think with more inputs. At this moment, I don't have strong reason to justify the name.

From a certain perspective, the alias is simply wrong because the method returns not only prime factors of the receiver but also their multiplicities -- i.e. the prime division of the receiver.
For me, 200.prime_factors sometimes looks to return (or yield) [2, 2, 2, 5, 5] as MATLAB does.

Mame, do you have any concrete examples which support your expectation to the return value? Or any suggestions from native English speakers or mathematicians?

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