Thomas Lockhart <lockhart(at)fourpalms(dot)org> writes:
>> ... I'd be sorely tempted to replace all three by a single
>> function that takes integer and returns numeric.
> Yikes. Although numeric is theoretically nice, it is hundreds of times
> slower than native doubles.
(a) As a wise man once said, "I can make it arbitrarily fast, if it
doesn't have to give the right answer". (b) The factorial function
doesn't strike me as a performance bottleneck. (c) I have no objection
to offering a double-precision-based gamma function alongside the
integer factorial function. But I think factorial should give an exact
answer as far as is possible before it overflows.
regards, tom lane
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