 NAME
 VERSION
 SYNOPSIS
 DESCRIPTION
 ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
 BIGNUM SUPPORT
 PRIMALITY TESTING
 FUNCTIONS
 is_prime
 primes
 next_prime
 prev_prime
 forprimes
 forcomposites
 foroddcomposites
 forsemiprimes
 forfactored
 forsquarefree
 fordivisors
 forpart
 forcomp
 forcomb
 forperm
 forderange
 formultiperm
 forsetproduct
 lastfor
 prime_iterator
 prime_iterator_object
 prime_count
 prime_count_upper
 prime_count_lower
 prime_count_approx
 twin_primes
 twin_prime_count
 twin_prime_count_approx
 semi_primes
 semiprime_count
 semiprime_count_approx
 ramanujan_primes
 ramanujan_prime_count
 ramanujan_prime_count_approx
 ramanujan_prime_count_lower
 ramanujan_prime_count_upper
 sieve_range
 sieve_prime_cluster
 sum_primes
 print_primes
 nth_prime
 nth_prime_upper
 nth_prime_lower
 nth_prime_approx
 nth_twin_prime
 nth_twin_prime_approx
 nth_semiprime
 nth_semiprime_approx
 nth_ramanujan_prime
 nth_ramanujan_prime_approx
 nth_ramanujan_prime_lower
 nth_ramanujan_prime_upper
 is_pseudoprime
 is_euler_pseudoprime
 is_strong_pseudoprime
 is_lucas_pseudoprime
 is_strong_lucas_pseudoprime
 is_extra_strong_lucas_pseudoprime
 is_almost_extra_strong_lucas_pseudoprime
 is_euler_plumb_pseudoprime
 is_perrin_pseudoprime
 is_catalan_pseudoprime
 is_frobenius_pseudoprime
 is_frobenius_underwood_pseudoprime
 is_frobenius_khashin_pseudoprime
 miller_rabin_random
 is_prob_prime
 is_bpsw_prime
 is_provable_prime
 prime_certificate
 is_provable_prime_with_cert
 verify_prime
 is_aks_prime
 is_mersenne_prime
 is_ramanujan_prime
 is_power
 is_prime_power
 is_square
 sqrtint
 rootint
 logint
 lucasu
 lucasv
 lucas_sequence
 gcd
 lcm
 gcdext
 chinese
 vecsum
 vecprod
 vecmin
 vecmax
 vecreduce
 vecany
 vecall
 vecnone
 vecnotall
 vecfirst
 vecfirstidx
 vecextract
 todigits
 todigitstring
 fromdigits
 sumdigits
 invmod
 sqrtmod
 addmod
 mulmod
 powmod
 divmod
 valuation
 hammingweight
 is_square_free
 is_carmichael
 is_quasi_carmichael
 is_semiprime
 is_fundamental
 is_totient
 is_pillai
 is_polygonal
 moebius
 mertens
 euler_phi
 inverse_totient
 jordan_totient
 ramanujan_sum
 exp_mangoldt
 liouville
 chebyshev_theta
 chebyshev_psi
 divisor_sum
 ramanujan_tau
 primorial
 pn_primorial
 consecutive_integer_lcm
 partitions
 carmichael_lambda
 kronecker
 factorial
 factorialmod
 binomial
 hclassno
 bernfrac
 bernreal
 stirling
 harmfrac
 harmreal
 znorder
 znprimroot
 is_primitive_root
 znlog
 legendre_phi
 inverse_li
 numtoperm
 permtonum
 randperm
 shuffle
 RANDOM NUMBERS
 RANDOM PRIMES
 UTILITY FUNCTIONS
 FACTORING FUNCTIONS
 MATHEMATICAL FUNCTIONS
 EXAMPLES
 PRIMALITY TESTING NOTES
 LIMITATIONS
 SEE ALSO
 PERFORMANCE
 AUTHORS
 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 REFERENCES
 COPYRIGHT
NAME
Math::Prime::Util  Utilities related to prime numbers, including fast sieves and factoring
VERSION
Version 0.73
SYNOPSIS
# Nothing is exported by default. List the functions, or use :all.
use Math::Prime::Util ':all'; # import all functions
# The ':rand' tag replaces srand and rand (not done by default)
use Math::Prime::Util ':rand'; # import srand, rand, irand, irand64
# Get a big array reference of many primes
my $aref = primes( 100_000_000 );
# All the primes between 5k and 10k inclusive
$aref = primes( 5_000, 10_000 );
# If you want them in an array instead
my @primes = @{primes( 500 )};
# You can do something for every prime in a range. Twin primes to 10k:
forprimes { say if is_prime($_+2) } 10000;
# Or for the composites in a range
forcomposites { say if is_strong_pseudoprime($_,2) } 10000, 10**6;
# For nonbigints, is_prime and is_prob_prime will always be 0 or 2.
# They return 0 (composite), 2 (prime), or 1 (probably prime)
my $n = 1000003; # for example
say "$n is prime" if is_prime($n);
say "$n is ", (qw(composite maybe_prime? prime))[is_prob_prime($n)];
# Strong pseudoprime test with multiple bases, using MillerRabin
say "$n is a prime or 2/7/61psp" if is_strong_pseudoprime($n, 2, 7, 61);
# Standard and strong LucasSelfridge, and extra strong Lucas tests
say "$n is a prime or lpsp" if is_lucas_pseudoprime($n);
say "$n is a prime or slpsp" if is_strong_lucas_pseudoprime($n);
say "$n is a prime or eslpsp" if is_extra_strong_lucas_pseudoprime($n);
# step to the next prime (returns 0 if not using bigints and we'd overflow)
$n = next_prime($n);
# step back (returns undef if given input 2 or less)
$n = prev_prime($n);
# Return Pi(n)  the number of primes E<lt>= n.
my $primepi = prime_count( 1_000_000 );
$primepi = prime_count( 10**14, 10**14+1000 ); # also does ranges
# Quickly return an approximation to Pi(n)
my $approx_number_of_primes = prime_count_approx( 10**17 );
# Lower and upper bounds. lower <= Pi(n) <= upper for all n
die unless prime_count_lower($n) <= prime_count($n);
die unless prime_count_upper($n) >= prime_count($n);
# Return p_n, the nth prime
say "The ten thousandth prime is ", nth_prime(10_000);
# Return a quick approximation to the nth prime
say "The one trillionth prime is ~ ", nth_prime_approx(10**12);
# Lower and upper bounds. lower <= nth_prime(n) <= upper for all n
die unless nth_prime_lower($n) <= nth_prime($n);
die unless nth_prime_upper($n) >= nth_prime($n);
# Get the prime factors of a number
my @prime_factors = factor( $n );
# Return ([p1,e1],[p2,e2], ...) for $n = p1^e1 * p2*e2 * ...
my @pe = factor_exp( $n );
# Get all divisors other than 1 and n
my @divisors = divisors( $n );
# Or just apply a block for each one
my $sum = 0; fordivisors { $sum += $_ + $_*$_ } $n;
# Euler phi (Euler's totient) on a large number
use bigint; say euler_phi( 801294088771394680000412 );
say jordan_totient(5, 1234); # Jordan's totient
# Moebius function used to calculate Mertens
$sum += moebius($_) for (1..200); say "Mertens(200) = $sum";
# Mertens function directly (more efficient for large values)
say mertens(10_000_000);
# Exponential of Mangoldt function
say "lamba(49) = ", log(exp_mangoldt(49));
# Some more number theoretical functions
say liouville(4292384);
say chebyshev_psi(234984);
say chebyshev_theta(92384234);
say partitions(1000);
# Show all prime partitions of 25
forpart { say "@_" unless scalar grep { !is_prime($_) } @_ } 25;
# List all 3way combinations of an array
my @cdata = qw/apple bread curry donut eagle/;
forcomb { say "@cdata[@_]" } @cdata, 3;
# or all permutations
forperm { say "@cdata[@_]" } @cdata;
# divisor sum
my $sigma = divisor_sum( $n ); # sum of divisors
my $sigma0 = divisor_sum( $n, 0 ); # count of divisors
my $sigmak = divisor_sum( $n, $k );
my $sigmaf = divisor_sum( $n, sub { log($_[0]) } ); # arbitrary func
# primorial n#, primorial p(n)#, and lcm
say "The product of primes below 47 is ", primorial(47);
say "The product of the first 47 primes is ", pn_primorial(47);
say "lcm(1..1000) is ", consecutive_integer_lcm(1000);
# Ei, li, and Riemann R functions
my $ei = ExponentialIntegral($x); # $x a real: $x != 0
my $li = LogarithmicIntegral($x); # $x a real: $x >= 0
my $R = RiemannR($x); # $x a real: $x > 0
my $Zeta = RiemannZeta($x); # $x a real: $x >= 0
# Precalculate a sieve, possibly speeding up later work.
prime_precalc( 1_000_000_000 );
# Free any memory used by the module.
prime_memfree;
# Alternate way to free. When this leaves scope, memory is freed.
my $mf = Math::Prime::Util::MemFree>new;
# Random primes
my($rand_prime);
$rand_prime = random_prime(1000); # random prime <= limit
$rand_prime = random_prime(100, 10000); # random prime within a range
$rand_prime = random_ndigit_prime(6); # random 6digit prime
$rand_prime = random_nbit_prime(128); # random 128bit prime
$rand_prime = random_strong_prime(256); # random 256bit strong prime
$rand_prime = random_maurer_prime(256); # random 256bit provable prime
$rand_prime = random_shawe_taylor_prime(256); # as above
DESCRIPTION
A module for number theory in Perl. This includes prime sieving, primality tests, primality proofs, integer factoring, counts / bounds / approximations for primes, nth primes, and twin primes, random prime generation, and much more.
This module is the fastest on CPAN for almost all operations it supports. This includes Math::Prime::XS, Math::Prime::FastSieve, Math::Factor::XS, Math::Prime::TiedArray, Math::Big::Factors, Math::Factoring, and Math::Primality (when the GMP module is available). For numbers in the 1020 digit range, it is often orders of magnitude faster. Typically it is faster than Math::Pari for 64bit operations.
All operations support both Perl UV's (32bit or 64bit) and bignums. If you want high performance with big numbers (larger than Perl's native 32bit or 64bit size), you should install Math::Prime::Util::GMP and Math::BigInt::GMP. This will be a recurring theme throughout this documentation  while all bignum operations are supported in pure Perl, most methods will be much slower than the C+GMP alternative.
The module is threadsafe and allows concurrency between Perl threads while still sharing a prime cache. It is not itself multithreaded. See the Limitations section if you are using Win32 and threads in your program. Also note that Math::Pari is not threadsafe (and will crash as soon as it is loaded in threads), so if you use Math::BigInt::Pari rather than Math::BigInt::GMP or the default backend, things will go pearshaped.
Two scripts are also included and installed by default:
primes.pl displays primes between start and end values or expressions, with many options for filtering (e.g. twin, safe, circular, good, lucky, etc.). Use
help
to see all the options.factor.pl operates similar to the GNU
factor
program. It supports bigint and expression inputs.
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
There are two environment variables that affect operation. These are typically used for validation of the different methods or to simulate systems that have different support.
MPU_NO_XS
If set to 1
then everything is run in pure Perl. No C functions are loaded or used, as XSLoader is not even called. All toplevel XS functions are replaced by a pure Perl layer (the PPFE.pm module that supplies a "Pure Perl Front End").
Caveat: This does not change whether the GMP backend is used. For as much pure Perl as possible, you will need to set both variables.
If this variable is not set or set to anything other than 1
, the module operates normally.
MPU_NO_GMP
If set to 1
then the Math::Prime::Util::GMP backend is not loaded, and operation will be exactly as if it was not installed.
If this variable is not set or set to anything other than 1
, the module operates normally.
BIGNUM SUPPORT
By default all functions support bignums. For performance, you should install and use Math::BigInt::GMP or Math::BigInt::Pari, and Math::Prime::Util::GMP.
If you are using bigints, here are some performance suggestions:
Install a recent version of Math::Prime::Util::GMP, as that will vastly increase the speed of many of the functions. This does require the GMP library be installed on your system, but this increasingly comes preinstalled or easily available using the OS vendor package installation tool.
Install and use Math::BigInt::GMP or Math::BigInt::Pari, then use
use bigint try => 'GMP,Pari'
in your script, or on the command lineMbigint=lib,GMP
. Large modular exponentiation is much faster using the GMP or Pari backends, as are the math and approximation functions when called with very large inputs.I have run these functions on many versions of Perl, and my experience is that if you're using anything older than Perl 5.14, I would recommend you upgrade if you are using bignums a lot. There are some brittle behaviors on 5.12.4 and earlier with bignums. For example, the default BigInt backend in older versions of Perl will sometimes convert small results to doubles, resulting in corrupted output.
PRIMALITY TESTING
This module provides three functions for general primality testing, as well as numerous specialized functions. The three main functions are: "is_prob_prime" and "is_prime" for general use, and "is_provable_prime" for proofs. For inputs below 2^64
the functions are identical and fast deterministic testing is performed. That is, the results will always be correct and should take at most a few microseconds for any input. This is hundreds to thousands of times faster than other CPAN modules. For inputs larger than 2^64
, an extrastrong BPSW test is used. See the "PRIMALITY TESTING NOTES" section for more discussion.
FUNCTIONS
is_prime
print "$n is prime" if is_prime($n);
Returns 0 is the number is composite, 1 if it is probably prime, and 2 if it is definitely prime. For numbers smaller than 2^64
it will only return 0 (composite) or 2 (definitely prime), as this range has been exhaustively tested and has no counterexamples. For larger numbers, an extrastrong BPSW test is used. If Math::Prime::Util::GMP is installed, some additional primality tests are also performed, and a quick attempt is made to perform a primality proof, so it will return 2 for many other inputs.
Also see the "is_prob_prime" function, which will never do additional tests, and the "is_provable_prime" function which will construct a proof that the input is number prime and returns 2 for almost all primes (at the expense of speed).
For native precision numbers (anything smaller than 2^64
, all three functions are identical and use a deterministic set of tests (selected MillerRabin bases or BPSW). For larger inputs both "is_prob_prime" and "is_prime" return probable prime results using the extrastrong BailliePSW test, which has had no counterexample found since it was published in 1980.
For cryptographic key generation, you may want even more testing for probable primes (NIST recommends some additional MR tests). This can be done using a different test (e.g. "is_frobenius_underwood_pseudoprime") or using additional MR tests with random bases with "miller_rabin_random". Even better, make sure Math::Prime::Util::GMP is installed and use "is_provable_prime" which should be reasonably fast for sizes under 2048 bits. Another possibility is to use "random_maurer_prime" in Math::Prime::Util or "random_shawe_taylor_prime" in Math::Prime::Util which construct random provable primes.
primes
Returns all the primes between the lower and upper limits (inclusive), with a lower limit of 2
if none is given.
An array reference is returned (with large lists this is much faster and uses less memory than returning an array directly).
my $aref1 = primes( 1_000_000 );
my $aref2 = primes( 1_000_000_000_000, 1_000_000_001_000 );
my @primes = @{ primes( 500 ) };
print "$_\n" for @{primes(20,100)};
Sieving will be done if required. The algorithm used will depend on the range and whether a sieve result already exists. Possibilities include primality testing (for very small ranges), a Sieve of Eratosthenes using wheel factorization, or a segmented sieve.
next_prime
$n = next_prime($n);
Returns the next prime greater than the input number. The result will be a bigint if it can not be exactly represented in the native int type (larger than 4,294,967,291
in 32bit Perl; larger than 18,446,744,073,709,551,557
in 64bit).
prev_prime
$n = prev_prime($n);
Returns the prime preceding the input number (i.e. the largest prime that is strictly less than the input). undef
is returned if the input is 2
or lower.
The behavior in various programs of the previous prime function is varied. Pari/GP and Math::Pari returns the input if it is prime, as does "nearest_le" in Math::Prime::FastSieve. When given an input such that the return value will be the first prime less than 2
, Math::Prime::FastSieve, Math::Pari, Pari/GP, and older versions of MPU will return 0
. Math::Primality and the current MPU will return undef
. WolframAlpha returns 2
. Maple gives a range error.
forprimes
forprimes { say } 100,200; # print primes from 100 to 200
$sum=0; forprimes { $sum += $_ } 100000; # sum primes to 100k
forprimes { say if is_prime($_+2) } 10000; # print twin primes to 10k
Given a block and either an end count or a start and end pair, calls the block for each prime in the range. Compared to getting a big array of primes and iterating through it, this is more memory efficient and perhaps more convenient. This will almost always be the fastest way to loop over a range of primes. Nesting and use in threads are allowed.
Math::BigInt objects may be used for the range.
For some uses an iterator ("prime_iterator", "prime_iterator_object") or a tied array (Math::Prime::Util::PrimeArray) may be more convenient. Objects can be passed to functions, and allow early loop exits.
forcomposites
forcomposites { say } 1000;
forcomposites { say } 2000,2020;
Given a block and either an end number or a start and end pair, calls the block for each composite in the inclusive range. The composites, OEIS A002808, are the numbers greater than 1 which are not prime: 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, ...
.
foroddcomposites
Similar to "forcomposites", but skipping all even numbers. The odd composites, OEIS A071904, are the numbers greater than 1 which are not prime and not divisible by two: 9, 15, 21, 25, 27, 33, 35, ...
.
forsemiprimes
Similar to "forcomposites", but only giving composites with exactly two factors. The semiprimes, OEIS A001358, are the products of two primes: 4, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 25, ...
.
This is essentially equivalent to:
forcomposites { if (is_semiprime($_)) { ... } }
forfactored
forfactored { say "$_: @_"; } 100;
Given a block and either an end number or start/end pair, calls the block for each number in the inclusive range. $_
is set to the number while @_
holds the factors. Especially for small inputs or large ranges, This can be faster than calling "factor" on each sequential value.
Similar to the arrays returned by similar functions such as "forpart", the values in @_
are readonly. Any attempt to modify them will result in undefined behavior.
This corresponds to the Pari/GP 2.10 forfactored
function.
forsquarefree
Similar to "forfactored", but skipping numbers in the range that have a repeated factor. Inside the block, the moebius function can be cheaply computed as ((scalar(@_) & 1) ? 1 : 1)
or similar.
This corresponds to the Pari/GP 2.10 forsquarefree
function.
fordivisors
fordivisors { $prod *= $_ } $n;
Given a block and a nonnegative number n
, the block is called with $_
set to each divisor in sorted order. Also see "divisor_sum".
forpart
forpart { say "@_" } 25; # unrestricted partitions
forpart { say "@_" } 25,{n=>5} # ... with exactly 5 values
forpart { say "@_" } 25,{nmax=>5} # ... with <=5 values
Given a nonnegative number n
, the block is called with @_
set to the array of additive integer partitions. The operation is very similar to the forpart
function in Pari/GP 2.6.x, though the ordering is different. The ordering is lexicographic. Use "partitions" to get just the count of unrestricted partitions.
An optional hash reference may be given to produce restricted partitions. Each value must be a nonnegative integer. The allowable keys are:
n restrict to exactly this many values
amin all elements must be at least this value
amax all elements must be at most this value
nmin the array must have at least this many values
nmax the array must have at most this many values
prime all elements must be prime (nonzero) or nonprime (zero)
Like forcomb and forperm, the partition return values are readonly. Any attempt to modify them will result in undefined behavior.
forcomp
Similar to "forpart", but iterates over integer compositions rather than partitions. This can be thought of as all ordering of partitions, or alternately partitions may be viewed as an ordered subset of compositions. The ordering is lexicographic. All options from "forpart" may be used.
The number of unrestricted compositions of n
is 2^(n1)
.
forcomb
Given nonnegative arguments n
and k
, the block is called with @_
set to the k
element array of values from 0
to n1
representing the combinations in lexicographical order. While the binomial function gives the total number, this function can be used to enumerate the choices.
Rather than give a data array as input, an integer is used for n
. A convenient way to map to array elements is:
forcomb { say "@data[@_]" } @data, 3;
where the block maps the combination array @_
to array values, the argument for n
is given the array since it will be evaluated as a scalar and hence give the size, and the argument for k
is the desired size of the combinations.
Like forpart and forperm, the index return values are readonly. Any attempt to modify them will result in undefined behavior.
If the second argument k
is not supplied, then all ksubsets are returned starting with the smallest set k=0
and continuing to k=n
. Each ksubset is in lexicographical order. This is the power set of n
.
This corresponds to the Pari/GP 2.10 forsubset
function.
forperm
Given nonnegative argument n
, the block is called with @_
set to the k
element array of values from 0
to n1
representing permutations in lexicographical order. The total number of calls will be n!
.
Rather than give a data array as input, an integer is used for n
. A convenient way to map to array elements is:
forperm { say "@data[@_]" } @data;
where the block maps the permutation array @_
to array values, and the argument for n
is given the array since it will be evaluated as a scalar and hence give the size.
Like forpart and forcomb, the index return values are readonly. Any attempt to modify them will result in undefined behavior.
forderange
Similar to forperm, but iterates over derangements. This is the set of permutations skipping any which maps an element to its original position.
formultiperm
# Show all anagrams of 'serpent':
formultiperm { say join("",@_) } [split(//,"serpent")];
Similar to "forperm" but takes an array reference as an argument. This is treated as a multiset, and the block will be called with each multiset permutation. While the standard permutation iterator takes a scalar and returns index permutations, this takes the set itself.
If all values are unique, then the results will be the same as a standard permutation. Otherwise, the results will be similar to a standard permutation removing duplicate entries. While generating all permutations and filtering out duplicates works, it is very slow for large sets. This iterator will be much more efficient.
There is no ordering requirement for the input array reference. The results will be in lexicographic order.
forsetproduct
forsetproduct { say "@_" } [1,2,3],[qw/a b c/],[qw/@ $ !/];
Takes zero or more array references as arguments and iterates over the set product (i.e. Cartesian product or cross product) of the lists. The given subroutine is repeatedly called with @_
set to the current list. Since no deduplication is done, this is not literally a set
product.
While zero or one array references are valid, the result is not very interesting. If any array reference is empty, the product is empty, so no subroutine calls are performed.
The subroutine is given an array whose values are aliased to the inputs, and are not set to readonly. Hence modifying the array inside the subroutine will cause sideeffects.
As with other iterators, the lastfor
function will cause an early exit.
lastfor
forprimes { lastfor,return if $_ > 1000; $sum += $_; } 1e9;
Calling lastfor requests that the current for... loop stop after this call. Ideally this would act exactly like a last
inside a loop, but technical reasons mean it does not exit the block early, hence one typically adds a return
if needed.
prime_iterator
my $it = prime_iterator;
$sum += $it>() for 1..100000;
Returns a closurestyle iterator. The start value defaults to the first prime (2) but an initial value may be given as an argument, which will result in the first value returned being the next prime greater than or equal to the argument. For example, this:
my $it = prime_iterator(200); say $it>(); say $it>();
will return 211 followed by 223, as those are the next primes >= 200. On each call, the iterator returns the current value and increments to the next prime.
Other options include "forprimes" (more efficiency, less flexibility), Math::Prime::Util::PrimeIterator (an iterator with more functionality), or Math::Prime::Util::PrimeArray (a tied array).
prime_iterator_object
my $it = prime_iterator_object;
while ($it>value < 100) { say $it>value; $it>next; }
$sum += $it>iterate for 1..100000;
Returns a Math::Prime::Util::PrimeIterator object. A shortcut that loads the package if needed, calls new, and returns the object. See the documentation for that package for details. This object has more features than the simple one above (e.g. the iterator is bidirectional), and also handles iterating across bigints.
prime_count
my $primepi = prime_count( 1_000 );
my $pirange = prime_count( 1_000, 10_000 );
Returns the Prime Count function Pi(n)
, also called primepi
in some math packages. When given two arguments, it returns the inclusive count of primes between the ranges. E.g. (13,17)
returns 2, (14,17)
and (13,16)
return 1, (14,16)
returns 0.
The current implementation decides based on the ranges whether to use a segmented sieve with a fast bit count, or the extended LMO algorithm. The former is preferred for small sizes as well as small ranges. The latter is much faster for large ranges.
The segmented sieve is very memory efficient and is quite fast even with large base values. Its complexity is approximately O(sqrt(a) + (ba))
, where the first term is typically negligible below ~ 10^11
. Memory use is proportional only to sqrt(a)
, with total memory use under 1MB for any base under 10^14
.
The extended LMO method has complexity approximately O(b^(2/3)) + O(a^(2/3))
, and also uses low memory. A calculation of Pi(10^14)
completes in a few seconds, Pi(10^15)
in well under a minute, and Pi(10^16)
in about one minute. In contrast, even parallel primesieve would take over a week on a similar machine to determine Pi(10^16)
.
Also see the function "prime_count_approx" which gives a very good approximation to the prime count, and "prime_count_lower" and "prime_count_upper" which give tight bounds to the actual prime count. These functions return quickly for any input, including bigints.
prime_count_upper
prime_count_lower
my $lower_limit = prime_count_lower($n);
my $upper_limit = prime_count_upper($n);
# $lower_limit <= prime_count(n) <= $upper_limit
Returns an upper or lower bound on the number of primes below the input number. These are analytical routines, so will take a fixed amount of time and no memory. The actual prime_count
will always be equal to or between these numbers.
A common place these would be used is sizing an array to hold the first $n
primes. It may be desirable to use a bit more memory than is necessary, to avoid calling prime_count
.
These routines use verified tight limits below a range at least 2^35
. For larger inputs various methods are used including Dusart (2010), Büthe (2014,2015), and Axler (2014). These bounds do not assume the Riemann Hypothesis. If the configuration option assume_rh
has been set (it is off by default), then the Schoenfeld (1976) bounds can be used for very large values.
prime_count_approx
print "there are about ",
prime_count_approx( 10 ** 18 ),
" primes below one quintillion.\n";
Returns an approximation to the prime_count
function, without having to generate any primes. For values under 10^36
this uses the Riemann R function, which is quite accurate: an error of less than 0.0005%
is typical for input values over 2^32
, and decreases as the input gets larger.
A slightly faster but much less accurate answer can be obtained by averaging the upper and lower bounds.
twin_primes
Returns the lesser of twin primes between the lower and upper limits (inclusive), with a lower limit of 2
if none is given. This is OEIS A001359. Given a twin prime pair (p,q)
with q = p + 2
, p prime
, and <q prime>, this function uses p
to represent the pair. Hence the bounds need to include p
, and the returned list will have p
but not q
.
This works just like the "primes" function, though only the first primes of twin prime pairs are returned. Like that function, an array reference is returned.
twin_prime_count
Similar to prime count, but returns the count of twin primes (primes p
where p+2
is also prime). Takes either a single number indicating a count from 2 to the argument, or two numbers indicating a range.
The primes being counted are the first value, so a range of (3,5)
will return a count of two, because both 3
and 5
are counted as twin primes. A range of (12,13)
will return a count of zero, because neither 12+2
nor 13+2
are prime. In contrast, primesieve
requires all elements of a constellation to be within the range to be counted, so would return one for the first example (5
is not counted because its pair 7
is not in the range).
There is no useful formula known for this, unlike prime counts. We sieve for the answer, using some small table acceleration.
twin_prime_count_approx
Returns an approximation to the twin prime count of n
. This returns quickly and has a very small error for large values. The method used is conjecture B of Hardy and Littlewood 1922, as stated in Sebah and Gourdon 2002. For inputs under 10M, a correction factor is additionally applied to reduce the mean squared error.
semi_primes
Returns an array reference to semiprimes between the lower and upper limits (inclusive), with a lower limit of 4
if none is given. This is OEIS A001358. The semiprimes are composite integers which are products of exactly two primes.
This works just like the "primes" function. Like that function, an array reference is returned.
semiprime_count
Similar to prime count, but returns the count of semiprimes (composites with exactly two factors). Takes either a single number indicating a count from 2 to the argument, or two numbers indicating a range.
A fast method that requires computation only to the square root of the range end is used, unless the range is so small that walking it is faster.
semiprime_count_approx
Returns an approximation to the semiprime count of n
. This returns quickly and is typically square root accurate.
ramanujan_primes
Returns the Ramanujan primes R_n between the upper and lower limits (inclusive), with a lower limit of 2
if none is given. This is OEIS A104272. These are the Rn such that if x > Rn
then "prime_count"(n)  "prime_count"(n/2) >= n
.
This has a similar API to the "primes" and "twin_primes" functions, and like them, returns an array reference.
Generating Ramanujan primes takes some effort, including overhead to cover a range. This will be substantially slower than generating standard primes.
ramanujan_prime_count
Similar to prime count, but returns the count of Ramanujan primes. Takes either a single number indicating a count from 2 to the argument, or two numbers indicating a range.
While not nearly as efficient as prime_count, this does use a number of speedups that result it in being much more efficient than generating all the Ramanujan primes.
ramanujan_prime_count_approx
A fast approximation of the count of Ramanujan primes under n
.
ramanujan_prime_count_lower
A fast lower limit on the count of Ramanujan primes under n
.
ramanujan_prime_count_upper
A fast upper limit on the count of Ramanujan primes under n
.
sieve_range
my @candidates = sieve_range(2**1000, 10000, 40000);
Given a start value n
, and native unsigned integers width
and depth
, a sieve of maximum depth depth
is done for the width
consecutive numbers beginning with n
. An array of offsets from the start is returned.
The returned list contains those offsets in the range n
to n+width1
where n + offset
has no prime factors less than depth
.
sieve_prime_cluster
my @s = sieve_prime_cluster(1, 1e9, 2,6,8,12,18,20);
Efficiently finds prime clusters between the first two arguments low
and high
. The remaining arguments describe the cluster. The cluster values must be even, less than 31 bits, and strictly increasing. Given a cluster set C
, the returned values are all primes in the range where p+c
is prime for each c
in the cluster set C
. For returned values under 2^64
, all cluster values are definitely prime. Above this range, all cluster values are BPSW probable primes (no counterexamples known).
This function returns an array rather than an array reference. Typically the number of returned values is much lower than for other primes functions, so this uses the more convenient array return. This function has an identical signature to the function of the same name in Math::Prime::Util:GMP.
The cluster is described as offsets from 0, with the implicit prime at 0. Hence an empty list is asking for all primes (the cluster p+0
). A list with the single value 2
will find all twin primes (the cluster where p+0
and p+2
are prime). The list 2,6,8
will find prime quadruplets. Note that there is no requirement that the list denote a constellation (a cluster with minimal distance)  the list 42,92,606
is just fine.
sum_primes
Returns the summation of primes between the lower and upper limits (inclusive), with a lower limit of 2
if none is given. This is essentially similar to either of:
$sum = 0; forprimes { $sum += $_ } $low,$high; $sum;
# or
vecsum( @{ primes($low,$high) } );
but is much more efficient.
The current implementation is a smalltableenhanced sieve count for sums that fit in a UV, an efficient sieve count for small ranges, and a Legendre sum method for larger values.
While this is fairly efficient, the state of the art is Kim Walisch's primesum. It is recommended for very large values, as it can be hundreds of times faster.
print_primes
print_primes(1_000_000); # print the first 1 million primes
print_primes(1000, 2000); # print primes in range
print_primes(2,1000,fileno(STDERR)) # print to a different descriptor
With a single argument this prints all primes from 2 to n
to standard out. With two arguments it prints primes between low
and high
to standard output. With three arguments it prints primes between low
and high
to the file descriptor given. If the file descriptor cannot be written to, this will croak with "print_primes write error". It will produce identical output to:
forprimes { say } $low,$high;
The point of this function is just efficiency. It is over 10x faster than using say
, print
, or printf
, though much more limited in functionality. A later version may allow a file handle as the third argument.
nth_prime
say "The ten thousandth prime is ", nth_prime(10_000);
Returns the prime that lies in index n
in the array of prime numbers. Put another way, this returns the smallest p
such that Pi(p) >= n
.
Like most programs with similar functionality, this is onebased. nth_prime(0)
returns undef
, nth_prime(1)
returns 2
.
For relatively small inputs (below 1 million or so), this does a sieve over a range containing the nth prime, then counts up to the number. This is fairly efficient in time and memory. For larger values, create a lowbiased estimate using the inverse logarithmic integral, use a fast prime count, then sieve in the small difference.
While this method is thousands of times faster than generating primes, and doesn't involve big tables of precomputed values, it still can take a fair amount of time for large inputs. Calculating the 10^12th
prime takes about 1 second, the 10^13th
prime takes under 10 seconds, and the 10^14th
prime (3475385758524527) takes under 30 seconds. Think about whether a bound or approximation would be acceptable, as they can be computed analytically.
If the result is larger than a native integer size (32bit or 64bit), the result will take a very long time. A later version of Math::Prime::Util::GMP may include this functionality which would help for 32bit machines.
nth_prime_upper
nth_prime_lower
my $lower_limit = nth_prime_lower($n);
my $upper_limit = nth_prime_upper($n);
# For all $n: $lower_limit <= nth_prime($n) <= $upper_limit
Returns an analytical upper or lower bound on the Nth prime. No sieving is done, so these are fast even for large inputs.
For tiny values of n
. exact answers are returned. For small inputs, an inverse of the opposite prime count bound is used. For larger values, the Dusart (2010) and Axler (2013) bounds are used.
nth_prime_approx
say "The one trillionth prime is ~ ", nth_prime_approx(10**12);
Returns an approximation to the nth_prime
function, without having to generate any primes. For values where the nth prime is smaller than 2^64
, the inverse Riemann R function is used. For larger values, the inverse logarithmic integral is used.
The value returned will not necessarily be prime. This applies to all the following nth prime approximations, where the returned value is close to the real value, but no effort is made to coerce the result to the nearest set element.
nth_twin_prime
Returns the Nth twin prime. This is done via sieving and counting, so is not very fast for large values.
nth_twin_prime_approx
Returns an approximation to the Nth twin prime. A curve fit is used for small inputs (under 1200), while for larger inputs a binary search is done on the approximate twin prime count.
nth_semiprime
Returns the Nth semiprime, similar to where a forsemiprimes
loop would end after N
iterations, but much more efficiently.
nth_semiprime_approx
Returns an approximation to the Nth semiprime. Curve fitting is used to get a fairly close approximation that is orders of magnitude better than the simple n log n / log log n
approximation for large n
.
nth_ramanujan_prime
Returns the Nth Ramanujan prime. For reasonable size values of n
, e.g. under 10^8
or so, this is relatively efficient for single calls. If multiple calls are being made, it will be much more efficient to get the list once.
nth_ramanujan_prime_approx
A fast approximation of the Nth Ramanujan prime.
nth_ramanujan_prime_lower
A fast lower limit on the Nth Ramanujan prime.
nth_ramanujan_prime_upper
A fast upper limit on the Nth Ramanujan prime.
is_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number n
and one or more nonzero positive bases as input. Returns 1
if the input is a probable prime to each base, 0
if not. This is the simple Fermat primality test. Removing primes, given base 2 this produces the sequence OEIS A001567.
For practical use, "is_strong_pseudoprime" is a much stronger test with similar or better performance.
Note that there is a set of composites (the Carmichael numbers) that will pass this test for all bases. This downside is not shared by the Euler and strong probable prime tests (also called the SolovayStrassen and MillerRabin tests).
is_euler_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number n
and one or more nonzero positive bases as input. Returns 1
if the input is an Euler probable prime to each base, 0
if not. This is the Euler test, sometimes called the EulerJacobi test. Removing primes, given base 2 this produces the sequence OEIS A047713.
If 0 is returned, then the number really is a composite. If 1 is returned, then it is either a prime or an Euler pseudoprime to all the given bases. Given enough distinct bases, the chances become very high that the number is actually prime.
This test forms the basis of the SolovayStrassen test, which is a precursor to the MillerRabin test (which uses the strong probable prime test). There are no analogies to the Carmichael numbers for this test. For the Euler test, at most 1/2 of witnesses pass for a composite, while at most 1/4 pass for the strong pseudoprime test.
is_strong_pseudoprime
my $maybe_prime = is_strong_pseudoprime($n, 2);
my $probably_prime = is_strong_pseudoprime($n, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17);
Takes a positive number n
and one or more nonzero positive bases as input. Returns 1
if the input is a strong probable prime to each base, 0
if not.
If 0 is returned, then the number really is a composite. If 1 is returned, then it is either a prime or a strong pseudoprime to all the given bases. Given enough distinct bases, the chances become very, very high that the number is actually prime.
This is usually used in combination with other tests to make either stronger tests (e.g. the strong BPSW test) or deterministic results for numbers less than some verified limit (e.g. it has long been known that no more than three selected bases are required to give correct primality test results for any 32bit number). Given the small chances of passing multiple bases, there are some math packages that just use multiple MR tests for primality testing.
Even inputs other than 2 will always return 0 (composite). While the algorithm does run with even input, most sources define it only on odd input. Returning composite for all non2 even input makes the function match most other implementations including Math::Primality's is_strong_pseudoprime
function.
is_lucas_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number as input, and returns 1 if the input is a standard Lucas probable prime using the Selfridge method of choosing D, P, and Q (some sources call this a LucasSelfridge pseudoprime). Removing primes, this produces the sequence OEIS A217120.
is_strong_lucas_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number as input, and returns 1 if the input is a strong Lucas probable prime using the Selfridge method of choosing D, P, and Q (some sources call this a strong LucasSelfridge pseudoprime). This is one half of the BPSW primality test (the MillerRabin strong pseudoprime test with base 2 being the other half). Removing primes, this produces the sequence OEIS A217255.
is_extra_strong_lucas_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number as input, and returns 1 if the input passes the extra strong Lucas test (as defined in Grantham 2000). This test has more stringent conditions than the strong Lucas test, and produces about 60% fewer pseudoprimes. Performance is typically 2030% faster than the strong Lucas test.
The parameters are selected using the BaillieOEIS method method: increment P
from 3
until jacobi(D,n) = 1
. Removing primes, this produces the sequence OEIS A217719.
is_almost_extra_strong_lucas_pseudoprime
This is similar to the "is_extra_strong_lucas_pseudoprime" function, but does not calculate U
, so is a little faster, but also weaker. With the current implementations, there is little reason to prefer this unless trying to reproduce specific results. The extrastrong implementation has been optimized to use similar features, removing most of the performance advantage.
An optional second argument (an integer between 1 and 256) indicates the increment amount for P
parameter selection. The default value of 1 yields the parameter selection described in "is_extra_strong_lucas_pseudoprime", creating a pseudoprime sequence which is a superset of the latter's pseudoprime sequence OEIS A217719. A value of 2 yields the method used by Pari.
Because the U = 0
condition is ignored, this produces about 5% more pseudoprimes than the extrastrong Lucas test. However this is still only 66% of the number produced by the strong LucasSelfridge test. No BPSW counterexamples have been found with any of the Lucas tests described.
is_euler_plumb_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number n
as input and returns 1 if n
passes Colin Plumb's Euler Criterion primality test. Pseudoprimes to this test are a subset of the base 2 Fermat and Euler tests, but a superset of the base 2 strong pseudoprime (MillerRabin) test.
The main reason for this test is that is a bit more efficient than other probable prime tests.
is_perrin_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number n
as input and returns 1 if n
divides P(n)
where P(n)
is the Perrin number of n
. The Perrin sequence is defined by P(n) = P(n2) + P(n3)
with P(0) = 3, P(1) = 0, P(2) = 2
.
While pseudoprimes are relatively rare (the first two are 271441 and 904631), infinitely many exist. They have significant overlap with the base2 pseudoprimes and strong pseudoprimes, making the test inferior to the Lucas or Frobenius tests for combined testing. The pseudoprime sequence is OEIS A013998.
The implementation uses modular prefilters, Montgomery math, and the Adams/Shanks doubling method. This is significantly more efficient than other known implementations.
An optional second argument r
indicates whether to run additional tests. With r=1
, P(n) = 1 mod n
is also verified, creating the "minimal restricted" test. With r=2
, the full signature is also tested using the Adams and Shanks (1982) rules (without the quadratic form test). With r=3
, the full signature is testing using the Grantham (2000) test, which additionally does not allow pseudoprimes to be divisible by 2 or 23. The minimal restricted pseudoprime sequence is OEIS A018187.
is_catalan_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number n
as input and returns 1 if 1^((n1/2)) C_((n1/2)
is congruent to 2 mod n
, where C_n
is the nth Catalan number. The nth Catalan number is equal to binomial(2n,n)/(n+1)
. All odd primes satisfy this condition, and only three known composites.
The pseudoprime sequence is OEIS A163209.
There is no known efficient method to perform the Catalan primality test, so it is a curiosity rather than a practical test. The implementation uses a method from Charles Greathouse IV (2015) and results from Aebi and Cairns (2008) to produce results many orders of magnitude faster than other known implementations, but it is still vastly slower than other compositeness tests.
is_frobenius_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number n
as input, and two optional parameters a
and b
, and returns 1 if the n
is a Frobenius probable prime with respect to the polynomial x^2  ax + b
. Without the parameters, b = 2
and a
is the least positive odd number such that (a^24bn) = 1
. This selection has no pseudoprimes below 2^64
and none known. In any case, the discriminant a^24b
must not be a perfect square.
Some authors use the Fibonacci polynomial x^2x1
corresponding to (1,1)
as the default method for a Frobenius probable prime test. This creates a weaker test than most other parameter choices (e.g. over twenty times more pseudoprimes than (3,5)
), so is not used as the default here. With the (1,1)
parameters the pseudoprime sequence is OEIS A212424.
The Frobenius test is a stronger test than the Lucas test. Any Frobenius (a,b)
pseudoprime is also a Lucas (a,b)
pseudoprime but the converse is not true, as any Frobenius (a,b)
pseudoprime is also a Fermat pseudoprime to the base b
. We can see that with the default parameters this is similar to, but somewhat weaker than, the BPSW test used by this module (which uses the strong and extrastrong versions of the probable prime and Lucas tests respectively).
Also see the more efficient "is_frobenius_khashin_pseudoprime" and "is_frobenius_underwood_pseudoprime" which have no known counterexamples and run quite a bit faster.
is_frobenius_underwood_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number as input, and returns 1 if the input passes the efficient Frobenius test of Paul Underwood. This selects a parameter a
as the least nonnegative integer such that (a^24n)=1
, then verifies that (x+2)^(n+1) = 2a + 5 mod (x^2ax+1,n)
. This combines a Fermat and Lucas test with a cost of only slightly more than 2 strong pseudoprime tests. This makes it similar to, but faster than, a regular Frobenius test.
There are no known pseudoprimes to this test and extensive computation has shown no counterexamples under 2^50
. This test also has no overlap with the BPSW test, making it a very effective method for adding additional certainty. Performance at 1e12 is about 60% slower than BPSW.
is_frobenius_khashin_pseudoprime
Takes a positive number as input, and returns 1 if the input passes the Frobenius test of Sergey Khashin. This ensures n
is not a perfect square, selects the parameter c
as the smallest odd prime such that (cn)=1
, then verifies that (1+D)^n = (1D) mod n
where D = sqrt(c) mod n
.
There are no known pseudoprimes to this test and Khashin (2018) shows there are no counterexamples under 2^64
. Performance at 1e12 is about 40% slower than BPSW.
miller_rabin_random
Takes a positive number (n
) as input and a positive number (k
) of bases to use. Performs k
MillerRabin tests using uniform random bases between 2 and n2
.
This should not be used in place of "is_prob_prime", "is_prime", or "is_provable_prime". Those functions will be faster and provide better results than running k
MillerRabin tests. This function can be used if one wants more assurances for nonproven primes, such as for cryptographic uses where the size is large enough that proven primes are not desired.
is_prob_prime
my $prob_prime = is_prob_prime($n);
# Returns 0 (composite), 2 (prime), or 1 (probably prime)
Takes a positive number as input and returns back either 0 (composite), 2 (definitely prime), or 1 (probably prime).
For 64bit input (native or bignum), this uses either a deterministic set of MillerRabin tests (1, 2, or 3 tests) or a strong BPSW test consisting of a single base2 strong probable prime test followed by a strong Lucas test. This has been verified with Jan Feitsma's 2PSP database to produce no false results for 64bit inputs. Hence the result will always be 0 (composite) or 2 (prime).
For inputs larger than 2^64
, an extrastrong BailliePSW primality test is performed (also called BPSW or BSW). This is a probabilistic test, so only 0 (composite) and 1 (probably prime) are returned. There is a possibility that composites may be returned marked prime, but since the test was published in 1980, not a single BPSW pseudoprime has been found, so it is extremely likely to be prime. While we believe (Pomerance 1984) that an infinite number of counterexamples exist, there is a weak conjecture (Martin) that none exist under 10000 digits.
is_bpsw_prime
Given a positive number input, returns 0 (composite), 2 (definitely prime), or 1 (probably prime), using the BPSW primality test (extrastrong variant). Normally one of the "is_prime" in Math::Prime::Util or "is_prob_prime" in Math::Prime::Util functions will suffice, but those functions do pretests to find easy composites. If you know this is not necessary, then calling "is_bpsw_prime" may save a small amount of time.
is_provable_prime
say "$n is definitely prime" if is_provable_prime($n) == 2;
Takes a positive number as input and returns back either 0 (composite), 2 (definitely prime), or 1 (probably prime). This gives it the same return values as "is_prime" and "is_prob_prime". Note that numbers below 2^64 are considered proven by the deterministic set of MillerRabin bases or the BPSW test. Both of these have been tested for all small (64bit) composites and do not return false positives.
Using the Math::Prime::Util::GMP module is highly recommended for doing primality proofs, as it is much, much faster. The pure Perl code is just not fast for this type of operation, nor does it have the best algorithms. It should suffice for proofs of up to 40 digit primes, while the latest MPU::GMP works for primes of hundreds of digits (thousands with an optional larger polynomial set).
The pure Perl implementation uses theorem 5 of BLS75 (Brillhart, Lehmer, and Selfridge's 1975 paper), an improvement on the PocklingtonLehmer test. This requires n1
to be factored to (n/2)^(1/3))
. This is often fast, but as n
gets larger, it takes exponentially longer to find factors.
Math::Prime::Util::GMP implements both the BLS75 theorem 5 test as well as ECPP (elliptic curve primality proving). It will typically try a quick n1
proof before using ECPP. Certificates are available with either method. This results in proofs of 200digit primes in under 1 second on average, and many hundreds of digits are possible. This makes it significantly faster than Pari 2.1.7's is_prime(n,1)
which is the default for Math::Pari.
prime_certificate
my $cert = prime_certificate($n);
say verify_prime($cert) ? "proven prime" : "not prime";
Given a positive integer n
as input, returns a primality certificate as a multiline string. If we could not prove n
prime, an empty string is returned (n
may or may not be composite). This may be examined or given to "verify_prime" for verification. The latter function contains the description of the format.
is_provable_prime_with_cert
Given a positive integer as input, returns a two element array containing the result of "is_provable_prime": 0 definitely composite 1 probably prime 2 definitely prime and a primality certificate like "prime_certificate". The certificate will be an empty string if the first element is not 2.
verify_prime
my $cert = prime_certificate($n);
say verify_prime($cert) ? "proven prime" : "not prime";
Given a primality certificate, returns either 0 (not verified) or 1 (verified). Most computations are done using pure Perl with Math::BigInt, so you probably want to install and use Math::BigInt::GMP, and ECPP certificates will be faster with Math::Prime::Util::GMP for its elliptic curve computations.
If the certificate is malformed, the routine will carp a warning in addition to returning 0. If the verbose
option is set (see "prime_set_config") then if the validation fails, the reason for the failure is printed in addition to returning 0. If the verbose
option is set to 2 or higher, then a message indicating success and the certificate type is also printed.
A certificate may have arbitrary text before the beginning (the primality routines from this module will not have any extra text, but this way verbose output from the prover can be safely stored in a certificate). The certificate begins with the line:
[MPU  Primality Certificate]
All lines in the certificate beginning with #
are treated as comments and ignored, as are blank lines. A version number may follow, such as:
Version 1.0
For all inputs, base 10 is the default, but at any point this may be changed with a line like:
Base 16
where allowed bases are 10, 16, and 62. This module will only use base 10, so its routines will not output Base commands.
Next, we look for (using "100003" as an example):
Proof for:
N 100003
where the text Proof for:
indicates we will read an N
value. Skipping comments and blank lines, the next line should be "N " followed by the number.
After this, we read one or more blocks. Each block is a proof of the form:
If Q is prime, then N is prime.
Some of the blocks have more than one Q value associated with them, but most only have one. Each block has its own set of conditions which must be verified, and this can be done completely selfcontained. That is, each block is independent of the other blocks and may be processed in any order. To be a complete proof, each block must successfully verify. The block types and their conditions are shown below.
Finally, when all blocks have been read and verified, we must ensure we can construct a proof tree from the set of blocks. The root of the tree is the initial N
, and for each node (block), all Q
values must either have a block using that value as its N
or Q
must be less than 2^64
and pass BPSW.
Some other certificate formats (e.g. Primo) use an ordered chain, where the first block must be for the initial N
, a single Q
is given which is the implied N
for the next block, and so on. This simplifies validation implementation somewhat, and removes some redundant information from the certificate, but has no obvious way to add proof types such as Lucas or the various BLS75 theorems that use multiple factors. I decided that the most general solution was to have the certificate contain the set in any order, and let the verifier do the work of constructing the tree.
The blocks begin with the text "Type ..." where ... is the type. One or more values follow. The defined types are:
Small

Type Small N 5791
N must be less than 2^64 and be prime (use BPSW or deterministic MR).
BLS3

Type BLS3 N 2297612322987260054928384863 Q 16501461106821092981 A 5
A simple n1 style proof using BLS75 theorem 3. This block verifies if: a Q is odd b Q > 2 c Q divides N1 . Let M = (N1)/Q d MQ+1 = N e M > 0 f 2Q+1 > sqrt(N) g A^((N1)/2) mod N = N1 h A^(M/2) mod N != N1
Pocklington

Type Pocklington N 2297612322987260054928384863 Q 16501461106821092981 A 5
A simple n1 style proof using generalized Pocklington. This is more restrictive than BLS3 and much more than BLS5. This is Primo's type 1, and this module does not currently generate these blocks. This block verifies if: a Q divides N1 . Let M = (N1)/Q b M > 0 c M < Q d MQ+1 = N e A > 1 f A^(N1) mod N = 1 g gcd(A^M  1, N) = 1
BLS15

Type BLS15 N 8087094497428743437627091507362881 Q 175806402118016161687545467551367 LP 1 LQ 22
A simple n+1 style proof using BLS75 theorem 15. This block verifies if: a Q is odd b Q > 2 c Q divides N+1 . Let M = (N+1)/Q d MQ1 = N e M > 0 f 2Q1 > sqrt(N) . Let D = LP*LP  4*LQ g D != 0 h Jacobi(D,N) = 1 . Note: V_{k} indicates the Lucas V sequence with LP,LQ i V_{m/2} mod N != 0 j V_{(N+1)/2} mod N == 0
BLS5

Type BLS5 N 8087094497428743437627091507362881 Q[1] 98277749 Q[2] 3631 A[0] 11 
A more sophisticated n1 proof using BLS theorem 5. This requires N1 to be factored only to
(N/2)^(1/3)
. While this looks much more complicated, it really isn't much more work. The biggest drawback is just that we have multiple Q values to chain rather than a single one. This block verifies if:a N > 2 b N is odd . Note: the block terminates on the first line starting with a C<>. . Let Q[0] = 2 . Let A[i] = 2 if Q[i] exists and A[i] does not c For each i (0 .. maxi): c1 Q[i] > 1 c2 Q[i] < N1 c3 A[i] > 1 c4 A[i] < N c5 Q[i] divides N1 . Let F = N1 divided by each Q[i] as many times as evenly possible . Let R = (N1)/F d F is even e gcd(F, R) = 1 . Let s = integer part of R / 2F . Let f = fractional part of R / 2F . Let P = (F+1) * (2*F*F + (r1)*F + 1) f n < P g s = 0 OR r^28s is not a perfect square h For each i (0 .. maxi): h1 A[i]^(N1) mod N = 1 h2 gcd(A[i]^((N1)/Q[i])1, N) = 1
ECPP

Type ECPP N 175806402118016161687545467551367 A 96642115784172626892568853507766 B 111378324928567743759166231879523 M 175806402118016177622955224562171 Q 2297612322987260054928384863 X 3273750212 Y 82061726986387565872737368000504
An elliptic curve primality block, typically generated with an Atkin/Morain ECPP implementation, but this should be adequate for anything using the AtkinGoldwasserKilianMorain style certificates. Some basic elliptic curve math is needed for these. This block verifies if:
. Note: A and B are allowed to be negative, with 1 not uncommon. . Let A = A % N . Let B = B % N a N > 0 b gcd(N, 6) = 1 c gcd(4*A^3 + 27*B^2, N) = 1 d Y^2 mod N = X^3 + A*X + B mod N e M >= N  2*sqrt(N) + 1 f M <= N + 2*sqrt(N) + 1 g Q > (N^(1/4)+1)^2 h Q < N i M != Q j Q divides M . Note: EC(A,B,N,X,Y) is the point (X,Y) on Y^2 = X^3 + A*X + B, mod N . All values work in affine coordinates, but in theory other . representations work just as well. . Let POINT1 = (M/Q) * EC(A,B,N,X,Y) . Let POINT2 = M * EC(A,B,N,X,Y) [ = Q * POINT1 ] k POINT1 is not the identity l POINT2 is the identity
is_aks_prime
say "$n is definitely prime" if is_aks_prime($n);
Takes a nonnegative number as input, and returns 1 if the input passes the AgrawalKayalSaxena (AKS) primality test. This is a deterministic unconditional primality test which runs in polynomial time for general input.
While this is an important theoretical algorithm, and makes an interesting example, it is hard to overstate just how impractically slow it is in practice. It is not used for any purpose in nontheoretical work, as it is literally millions of times slower than other algorithms. From R.P. Brent, 2010: "AKS is not a practical algorithm. ECPP is much faster." We have ECPP, and indeed it is much faster.
This implementation uses theorem 4.1 from Bernstein (2003). It runs substantially faster than the original, v6 revised paper with Lenstra improvements, or the late 2002 improvements of Voloch and Bornemann. The GMP implementation uses a binary segmentation method for modular polynomial multiplication (see Bernstein's 2007 Quartic paper), which reduces to a single scalar multiplication, at which GMP excels. Because of this, the GMP implementation is likely to be faster once the input is larger than 2^33
.
is_mersenne_prime
say "2^6071 (M607) is a Mersenne prime" if is_mersenne_prime(607);
Takes a nonnegative number p
as input and returns 1 if the Mersenne number 2^p1
is prime. Since an enormous effort has gone into testing these, a list of known Mersenne primes is used to accelerate this. Beyond the highest sequential Mersenne prime (currently 37,156,667) this performs pretesting followed by the LucasLehmer test.
The LucasLehmer test is a deterministic unconditional test that runs very fast compared to other primality methods for numbers of comparable size, and vastly faster than any known generalform primality proof methods. While this test is fast, the GMP implementation is not nearly as fast as specialized programs such as prime95
. Additionally, since we use the table for "small" numbers, testing via this function call will only occur for numbers with over 9.8 million digits. At this size, tools such as prime95
are greatly preferred.
is_ramanujan_prime
Takes a positive number n
as input and returns back either 0 or 1, indicating whether n
is a Ramanujan prime. Numbers that can be produced by the functions "ramanujan_primes" and "nth_ramanujan_prime" will return 1, while all other numbers will return 0.
There is no simple function for this predicate, so Ramanujan primes through at least n
are generated, then a search is performed for n
. This is not efficient for multiple calls.
is_power
say "$n is a perfect square" if is_power($n, 2);
say "$n is a perfect cube" if is_power($n, 3);
say "$n is a ", is_power($n), "th power";
Given a single nonnegative integer input n
, returns k if n = r^k
for some integer r > 1, k > 1
, and 0 otherwise. The k returned is the largest possible. This can be used in a boolean statement to determine if n
is a perfect power.
If given two arguments n
and k
, returns 1 if n
is a kth
power, and 0 otherwise. For example, if k=2
then this detects perfect squares. Setting k=0
gives behavior like the first case (the largest root is found and its value is returned).
If a third argument is present, it must be a scalar reference. If n
is a kth power, then this will be set to the kth root of n
. For example:
my $n = 222657534574035968;
if (my $pow = is_power($n, 0, \my $root)) { say "$n = $root^$pow" }
# prints: 222657534574035968 = 2948^5
This corresponds to Pari/GP's ispower
function with integer arguments.
is_prime_power
Given an integer input n
, returns k
if n = p^k
for some prime p, and zero otherwise.
If a second argument is present, it must be a scalar reference. If the return value is nonzero, then it will be set to p
.
This corresponds to Pari/GP's isprimepower
function.
is_square
Given a positive integer n
, returns 1 if n
is a perfect square, 0 otherwise. This is identical to is_power(n,2)
.
This corresponds to Pari/GP's issquare
function.
sqrtint
Given a nonnegative integer input n
, returns the integer square root. For native integers, this is equal to int(sqrt(n))
.
This corresponds to Pari/GP's sqrtint
function.
rootint
Given an nonnegative integer n
and positive exponent k
, return the integer kth root of n
. This is the largest integer r
such that r^k <= n
.
If a third argument is present, it must be a scalar reference. It will be set to r^k
.
Technically if n
is negative and k
is odd, the root exists and is equal to sign(n) * rootint(abs(n),k)
. It was decided to follow the behavior of Pari/GP and Math::BigInt and disallow negative n
.
This corresponds to Pari/GP's sqrtnint
function.
logint
say "decimal digits: ", 1+logint($n, 10);
say "digits in base 12: ", 1+logint($n, 12);
my $be; my $e = logint(1000,2, \$be);
say "smallest power of 2 less than 1000: 2^$e = $be";
Given a nonzero positive integer n
and an integer base b
greater than 1, returns the largest integer e
such that b^e <= n
.
If a third argument is present, it must be a scalar reference. It will be set to b^e
.
This corresponds to Pari/GP's logint
function.
lucasu
say "Fibonacci($_) = ", lucasu(1,1,$_) for 0..100;
Given integers P
, Q
, and the nonnegative integer k
, computes U_k
for the Lucas sequence defined by P
,Q
. These include the Fibonacci numbers (1,1
), the Pell numbers (2,1
), the Jacobsthal numbers (1,2
), the Mersenne numbers (3,2
), and more.
This corresponds to OpenPFGW's lucasU
function and gmpy2's lucasu
function.
lucasv
say "Lucas($_) = ", lucasv(1,1,$_) for 0..100;
Given integers P
, Q
, and the nonnegative integer k
, computes V_k
for the Lucas sequence defined by P
,Q
. These include the Lucas numbers (1,1
).
This corresponds to OpenPFGW's lucasV
function and gmpy2's lucasv
function.
lucas_sequence
my($U, $V, $Qk) = lucas_sequence($n, $P, $Q, $k)
Computes U_k
, V_k
, and Q_k
for the Lucas sequence defined by P
,Q
, modulo n
. The modular Lucas sequence is used in a number of primality tests and proofs. The following conditions must hold: P < n
; Q < n
; k >= 0
; n >= 2
.
gcd
Given a list of integers, returns the greatest common divisor. This is often used to test for coprimality.
lcm
Given a list of integers, returns the least common multiple. Note that we follow the semantics of Mathematica, Pari, and Perl 6, re:
lcm(0, n) = 0 Any zero in list results in zero return
lcm(n,m) = lcm(n, m) We use the absolute values
gcdext
Given two integers x
and y
, returns u,v,d
such that d = gcd(x,y)
and u*x + v*y = d
. This uses the extended Euclidian algorithm to compute the values satisfying Bézout's Identity.
This corresponds to Pari's gcdext
function, which was renamed from bezout
out Pari 2.6. The results will hence match "bezout" in Math::Pari.
chinese
say chinese( [14,643], [254,419], [87,733] ); # 87041638
Solves a system of simultaneous congruences using the Chinese Remainder Theorem (with extension to noncoprime moduli). A list of [a,n]
pairs are taken as input, each representing an equation x ≡ a mod n
. If no solution exists, undef
is returned. If a solution is returned, the modulus is equal to the lcm of all the given moduli (see "lcm". In the standard case where all values of n
are coprime, this is just the product. The n
values must be positive integers, while the a
values are integers.
Comparison to similar functions in other software:
Math::ModInt::ChineseRemainder:
cr_combine( mod(a1,m1), mod(a2,m2), ... )
Pari/GP:
chinese( [Mod(a1,m1), Mod(a2,m2), ...] )
Mathematica:
ChineseRemainder[{a1, a2, ...}{m1, m2, ...}]
vecsum
say "Totient sum 500,000: ", vecsum(euler_phi(0,500_000));
Returns the sum of all arguments, each of which must be an integer. This is similar to List::Util's "sum0" in List::Util function, but has a very important difference. List::Util turns all inputs into doubles and returns a double, which will mean incorrect results with large integers. vecsum
sums (signed) integers and returns the untruncated result. Processing is done on native integers while possible.
vecprod
say "Totient product 5,000: ", vecprod(euler_phi(1,5_000));
Returns the product of all arguments, each of which must be an integer. This is similar to List::Util's "product" in List::Util function, but keeps all results as integers and automatically switches to bigints if needed.
vecmin
say "Smallest Totient 100k200k: ", vecmin(euler_phi(100_000,200_000));
Returns the minimum of all arguments, each of which must be an integer. This is similar to List::Util's "min" in List::Util function, but has a very important difference. List::Util turns all inputs into doubles and returns a double, which gives incorrect results with large integers. vecmin
validates and compares all results as integers. The validation step will make it a little slower than "min" in List::Util but this prevents accidental and unintentional use of floats.
vecmax
say "Largest Totient 100k200k: ", vecmax(euler_phi(100_000,200_000));
Returns the maximum of all arguments, each of which must be an integer. This is similar to List::Util's "max" in List::Util function, but has a very important difference. List::Util turns all inputs into doubles and returns a double, which gives incorrect results with large integers. vecmax
validates and compares all results as integers. The validation step will make it a little slower than "max" in List::Util but this prevents accidental and unintentional use of floats.
vecreduce
say "Count of nonzero elements: ", vecreduce { $a + !!$b } (0,@v);
my $checksum = vecreduce { $a ^ $b } @{twin_primes(1000000)};
Does a reduce operation via left fold. Takes a block and a list as arguments. The block uses the special local variables a
and b
representing the accumulation and next element respectively, with the result of the block being used for the new accumulation. No initial element is used, so undef
will be returned with an empty list.
The interface is exactly the same as "reduce" in List::Util. This was done to increase portability and minimize confusion. See chapter 7 of Higher Order Perl (or many other references) for a discussion of reduce with empty or singularelement lists. It is often a good idea to give an identity element as the first list argument.
While operations like vecmin, vecmax, vecsum, vecprod, etc. can be fairly easily done with this function, it will not be as efficient. There are a wide variety of other functions that can be easily made with reduce, making it a useful tool.
vecany
vecall
vecnone
vecnotall
vecfirst
say "all values are Carmichael" if vecall { is_carmichael($_) } @n;
Short circuit evaluations of a block over a list. Takes a block and a list as arguments. The block is called with $_
set to each list element, and evaluation on list elements is done until either all list values have been evaluated or the result condition can be determined. For instance, in the example of vecall
above, evaluation stops as soon as any value returns false.
The interface is exactly the same as the any
, all
, none
, notall
, and first
functions in List::Util. This was done to increase portability and minimize confusion. Unlike other vector functions like vecmax
, vecmax
, vecsum
, etc. there is no added value to using these versus the ones from List::Util. They are here for convenience.
These operations can fairly easily be mapped to scalar(grep {...} @n)
, but that does not shortcircuit and is less obvious.
vecfirstidx
say "first Carmichael is index ", vecfirstidx { is_carmichael($_) } @n;
Returns the index of the first element in a list that evaluates to true. Just like vecfirst, but returns the index instead of the value. Returns 1 if the item could not be found.
This interface matches firstidx
and first_index
from List::MoreUtils.
vecextract
say "Power set: ", join(" ",vecextract(\@v,$_)) for 0..2**scalar(@v)1;
@word = vecextract(["a".."z"], [15, 17, 8, 12, 4]);
Extracts elements from an array reference based on a mask, with the result returned as an array. The mask is either an unsigned integer which is treated as a bit mask, or an array reference containing integer indices.
If the second argument is an integer, each bit set in the mask results in the corresponding element from the array reference to be returned. Bits are read from the right, so a mask of 1
returns the first element, while 5
will return the first and third. The mask may be a bigint.
If the second argument is an array reference, then its elements will be used as zerobased indices into the first array. Duplicate values are allowed and the ordering is preserved. Hence these are equivalent:
vecextract($aref, $iref);
@$aref[@$iref];
todigits
say "product of digits of n: ", vecprod(todigits($n));
Given an integer n
, return an array of digits of n
. An optional second integer argument specifies a base (default 10). For example, given a base of 2, this returns an array of binary digits of n
. An optional third argument specifies a length for the returned array. The result will be either have upper digits truncated or have leading zeros added. This is most often used with base 2, 8, or 16.
The values returned may be readonly. todigits(0)
returns an empty array. The base must be at least 2, and is limited to an int. Length must be at least zero and is limited to an int.
This corresponds to Pari's digits
and binary
functions, and Mathematica's IntegerDigits
function.
todigitstring
say "decimal 456 in hex is ", todigitstring(456, 16);
say "last 4 bits of $n are: ", todigitstring($n, 2, 4);
Similar to "todigits" but returns a string. For bases <= 10, this is equivalent to joining the array returned by "todigits". For bases between 11 and 36, lower case characters a
to z
are used to represent larger values. This makes todigitstring($n,16)
return a usable hex string.
This corresponds to Mathematica's IntegerString
function.
fromdigits
say "hex 1c8 in decimal is ", fromdigits("1c8", 16);
say "Base 3 array to number is: ", fromdigits([0,1,2,2,2,1,0],3);
This takes either a string or array reference, and an optional base (default 10). With a string, each character will be interpreted as a digit in the given base, with both upper and lower case denoting values 11 through 36. With an array reference, the values indicate the entries in that location, and values larger than the base are allowed (results are carried). The result is a number (either a native integer or a bigint).
This corresponds to Pari's fromdigits
function and Mathematica's FromDigits
function.
sumdigits
# Sum digits of primes to 1 million.
my $s=0; forprimes { $s += sumdigits($_); } 1e6; say $s;
Given an input n
, return the sum of the digits of n
. Any nondigit characters of n
are ignored (including negative signs and decimal points). This is similar to the command vecsum(split(//,$n))
but faster, allows nonpositiveinteger inputs, and can sum in other bases.
An optional second argument indicates the base of the input number. This defaults to 10, and must be between 2 and 36. Any character that is outside the range 0
to base1
will be ignored.
If no base is given and the input number n
begins with 0x
or 0b
then it will be interpreted as a string in base 16 or 2 respectively.
Regardless of the base, the output sum is a decimal number.
This is similar but not identical to Pari's sumdigits
function from version 2.8 and later. The Pari/GP function always takes the input as a decimal number, uses the optional base as a base to first convert to, then sums the digits. This can be done with either vecsum(todigits($n, $base))
or sumdigits(todigitstring($n,$base))
.
invmod
say "The inverse of 42 mod 2017 = ", invmod(42,2017);
Given two integers a
and n
, return the inverse of a
modulo n
. If not defined, undef is returned. If defined, then the return value multiplied by a
equals 1
modulo n
.
The results correspond to the Pari result of lift(Mod(1/a,n))
. The semantics with respect to negative arguments match Pari. Notably, a negative n
is negated, which is different from Math::BigInt, but in both cases the return value is still congruent to 1
modulo n
as expected.
sqrtmod
Given two integers a
and n
, return the square root of a
mod n
. If no square root exists, undef is returned. If defined, the return value r
will always satisfy r^2 = a mod n
.
If the modulus is prime, the function will always return r
, the smaller of the two square roots (the other being r mod p
. If the modulus is composite, one of possibly many square roots will be returned, and it will not necessarily be the smallest.
addmod
Given three integers a
, b
, and n
where n
is positive, return (a+b) mod n
. This is particularly useful when dealing with numbers that are larger than a halfword but still native size. No bigint package is needed and this can be 10200x faster than using one.
mulmod
Given three integers a
, b
, and n
where n
is positive, return (a*b) mod n
. This is particularly useful when n
fits in a native integer. No bigint package is needed and this can be 10200x faster than using one.
powmod
Given three integers a
, b
, and n
where n
is positive, return (a ** b) mod n
. Typically binary exponentiation is used, so the process is very efficient. With native size inputs, no bigint library is needed.
divmod
Given three integers a
, b
, and n
where n
is positive, return (a/b) mod n
. This is done as (a * (1/b mod n)) mod n
. If no inverse of b
mod n
exists then undef if returned.
valuation
say "$n is divisible by 2 ", valuation($n,2), " times.";
Given integers n
and k
, returns the numbers of times n
is divisible by k
. This is a very limited version of the algebraic valuation meaning, just applied to integers. This corresponds to Pari's valuation
function. 0
is returned if n
or k
is one of the values 1
, 0
, or 1
.
hammingweight
Given an integer n
, returns the binary Hamming weight of abs(n)
. This is also called the population count, and is the number of 1s in the binary representation. This corresponds to Pari's hammingweight
function for t_INT
arguments.
is_square_free
say "$n has no repeating factors" if is_square_free($n);
Returns 1 if the input n
has no repeated factor.
is_carmichael
for (1..1e6) { say if is_carmichael($_) } # Carmichaels under 1,000,000
Returns 1 if the input n
is a Carmichael number. These are composites that satisfy b^(n1) ≡ 1 mod n
for all 1 < b < n
relatively prime to n
. Alternately Korselt's theorem says these are composites such that n
is squarefree and p1
divides n1
for all prime divisors p
of n
.
For inputs larger than 50 digits after removing very small factors, this uses a probabilistic test since factoring the number could take unreasonably long. The first 150 primes are used for testing. Any that divide n
are checked for squarefreeness and the Korselt condition, while those that do not divide n
are used as the pseudoprime base. The chances of a nonCarmichael passing this test are less than 2^150
.
This is the OEIS series A002997.
is_quasi_carmichael
Returns 0 if the input n
is not a quasiCarmichael number, and the number of bases otherwise. These are squarefree composites that satisfy p+b
divides n+b
for all prime factors p
or n
and for one or more nonzero integer b
.
This is the OEIS series A257750.
is_semiprime
Given a positive integer n
, returns 1 if n
is a semiprime, 0 otherwise. A semiprime is the product of exactly two primes.
The boolean result is the same as scalar(factor(n)) == 2
, but this function performs shortcuts that can greatly speed up the operation.
is_fundamental
Given an integer d
, returns 1 if d
is a fundamental discriminant, 0 otherwise. We consider 1 to be a fundamental discriminant.
This is the OEIS series A003658 (positive) and OEIS series A003657 (negative).
This corresponds to Pari's isfundamental
function.
is_totient
Given an integer n
, returns 1 if there exists an integer x
where euler_phi(x) == n
.
This corresponds to Pari's istotient
function, though without the optional second argument to return an x
. Math::NumSeq::Totient also has a similar function.
Also see "inverse_totient" which gives the count or list of values that produce a given totient. This function is more efficient than getting the full count or list.
is_pillai
Given a positive integer n
, if there exists a v
where v! % n == n1
and n % v != 1
, then v
is returned. Otherwise 0.
For n prime, this is the OEIS series A063980.
is_polygonal
Given integers x
and s
, return 1 if x is an sgonal number, 0 otherwise. s
must be greater than 2.
If a third argument is present, it must be a scalar reference. It will be set to n if x is the nth sgonal number. If the function returns 0, then it will be unchanged.
This corresponds to Pari's ispolygonal
function.
moebius
say "$n is square free" if moebius($n) != 0;
$sum += moebius($_) for (1..200); say "Mertens(200) = $sum";
say "Mertens(2000) = ", vecsum(moebius(0,2000));
Returns μ(n), the Möbius function (also known as the Moebius, Mobius, or MoebiusMu function) for an integer input. This function is 1 if n = 1
, 0 if n
is not squarefree (i.e. n
has a repeated factor), and 1^t
if n
is a product of t
distinct primes. This is an important function in prime number theory. Like SAGE, we define moebius(0) = 0
for convenience.
If called with two arguments, they define a range low
to high
, and the function returns an array with the value of the Möbius function for every n from low to high inclusive. Large values of high will result in a lot of memory use. The algorithm used for ranges is Deléglise and Rivat (1996) algorithm 4.1, which is a segmented version of Lioen and van de Lune (1994) algorithm 3.2.
The return values are readonly constants. This should almost never come up, but it means trying to modify aliased return values will cause an exception (modifying the returned scalar or array is fine).
mertens
say "Mertens(10M) = ", mertens(10_000_000); # = 1037
Returns M(n), the Mertens function for a nonnegative integer input. This function is defined as sum(moebius(1..n))
, but calculated more efficiently for large inputs. For example, computing Mertens(100M) takes:
time approx mem
0.4s 0.1MB mertens(100_000_000)
3.0s 880MB vecsum(moebius(1,100_000_000))
56s 0MB $sum += moebius($_) for 1..100_000_000
The summation of individual terms via factoring is quite expensive in time, though uses O(1) space. Using the range version of moebius is much faster, but returns a 100M element array which, even though they are shared constants, is not good for memory at this size. In comparison, this function will generate the equivalent output via a sieving method that is relatively memory frugal and very fast. The current method is a simple n^1/2
version of Deléglise and Rivat (1996), which involves calculating all moebius values to n^1/2
, which in turn will require prime sieving to n^1/4
.
Various algorithms exist for this, using differing quantities of μ(n). The simplest way is to efficiently sum all n
values. Benito and Varona (2008) show a clever and simple method that only requires n/3
values. Deléglise and Rivat (1996) describe a segmented method using only n^1/3
values. The current implementation does a simple nonsegmented n^1/2
version of their method. Kuznetsov (2011) gives an alternate method that he indicates is even faster. Lastly, one of the advanced prime count algorithms could be theoretically used to create a faster solution.
euler_phi
say "The Euler totient of $n is ", euler_phi($n);
Returns φ(n), the Euler totient function (also called Euler's phi or phi function) for an integer value. This is an arithmetic function which counts the number of positive integers less than or equal to n
that are relatively prime to n
.
Given the definition used, euler_phi
will return 0 for all n < 1
. This follows the logic used by SAGE. Mathematica and Pari return euler_phi(n)
for n < 0
. Mathematica returns 0 for n = 0
, Pari pre2.6.2 raises an exception, and Pari 2.6.2 and newer returns 2.
If called with two arguments, they define a range low
to high
, and the function returns a list with the totient of every n from low to high inclusive.
inverse_totient
In array context, given a positive integer n
, returns the complete list of values x
where euler_phi(x) = n
. This can be a memory intensive operation if there are many values.
In scalar context, returns just the count of values. This is faster and uses substantially less memory. The list/scalar distinction is similar to "factor" and "divisors".
This roughly corresponds to the Maple function InverseTotient
, and the hidden Mathematica function EulerPhiInverse
. The algorithm used is from Max Alekseyev (2016).
jordan_totient
say "Jordan's totient J_$k($n) is ", jordan_totient($k, $n);
Returns Jordan's totient function for a given integer value. Jordan's totient is a generalization of Euler's totient, where jordan_totient(1,$n) == euler_totient($n)
This counts the number of ktuples less than or equal to n that form a coprime tuple with n. As with euler_phi
, 0 is returned for all n < 1
. This function can be used to generate some other useful functions, such as the Dedekind psi function, where psi(n) = J(2,n) / J(1,n)
.
ramanujan_sum
Returns Ramanujan's sum of the two positive variables k
and n
. This is the sum of the nth powers of the primitive kth roots of unity.
exp_mangoldt
say "exp(lambda($_)) = ", exp_mangoldt($_) for 1 .. 100;
Returns EXP(Λ(n)), the exponential of the Mangoldt function (also known as von Mangoldt's function) for an integer value. The Mangoldt function is equal to log p if n is prime or a power of a prime, and 0 otherwise. We return the exponential so all results are integers. Hence the return value for exp_mangoldt
is:
p if n = p^m for some prime p and integer m >= 1
1 otherwise.
liouville
Returns λ(n), the Liouville function for a nonnegative integer input. This is 1 raised to Ω(n) (the total number of prime factors).
chebyshev_theta
say chebyshev_theta(10000);
Returns θ(n), the first Chebyshev function for a nonnegative integer input. This is the sum of the logarithm of each prime where p <= n
. This is effectively:
my $s = 0; forprimes { $s += log($_) } $n; return $s;
chebyshev_psi
say chebyshev_psi(10000);
Returns ψ(n), the second Chebyshev function for a nonnegative integer input. This is the sum of the logarithm of each prime power where p^k <= n
for an integer k. An alternate but slower computation is as the summatory Mangoldt function, such as:
my $s = 0; for (1..$n) { $s += log(exp_mangoldt($_)) } return $s;
divisor_sum
say "Sum of divisors of $n:", divisor_sum( $n );
say "sigma_2($n) = ", divisor_sum($n, 2);
say "Number of divisors: sigma_0($n) = ", divisor_sum($n, 0);
This function takes a positive integer as input and returns the sum of its divisors, including 1 and itself. An optional second argument k
may be given, which will result in the sum of the kth
powers of the divisors to be returned.
This is known as the sigma function (see Hardy and Wright section 16.7). The API is identical to Pari/GP's sigma
function, and not dissimilar to Mathematica's DivisorSigma[k,n]
function. This function is useful for calculating things like aliquot sums, abundant numbers, perfect numbers, etc.
With various k
values, the results are the OEIS sequences OEIS series A000005 (k=0
, number of divisors), OEIS series A000203 (k=1
, sum of divisors), OEIS series A001157 (k=2
, sum of squares of divisors), OEIS series A001158 (k=4
, sum of cubes of divisors), etc.
The second argument may also be a code reference, which is called for each divisor and the results are summed. This allows computation of other functions, but will be less efficient than using the numeric second argument. This corresponds to Pari/GP's sumdiv
function.
An example of the 5th Jordan totient (OEIS A059378):
divisor_sum( $n, sub { my $d=shift; $d**5 * moebius($n/$d); } );
though we have a function "jordan_totient" which is more efficient.
For numeric second arguments (sigma computations), the result will be a bigint if necessary. For the code reference case, the user must take care to return bigints if overflow will be a concern.
ramanujan_tau
Takes a positive integer as input and returns the value of Ramanujan's tau function. The result is a signed integer. This corresponds to Pari v2.8's tauramanujan
function and Mathematica's RamanujanTau
function.
This currently uses a simple method based on divisor sums, which does not have a good computational growth rate. Pari's implementation uses Hurwitz class numbers and is more efficient for large inputs.
primorial
$prim = primorial(11); # 11# = 2*3*5*7*11 = 2310
Returns the primorial n#
of the positive integer input, defined as the product of the prime numbers less than or equal to n
. This is the OEIS series A034386: primorial numbers second definition.
primorial(0) == 1
primorial($n) == pn_primorial( prime_count($n) )
The result will be a Math::BigInt object if it is larger than the native bit size.
Be careful about which version (primorial
or pn_primorial
) matches the definition you want to use. Not all sources agree on the terminology, though they should give a clear definition of which of the two versions they mean. OEIS, Wikipedia, and Mathworld are all consistent, and these functions should match that terminology. This function should return the same result as the mpz_primorial_ui
function added in GMP 5.1.
pn_primorial
$prim = pn_primorial(5); # p_5# = 2*3*5*7*11 = 2310
Returns the primorial number p_n#
of the positive integer input, defined as the product of the first n
prime numbers (compare to the factorial, which is the product of the first n
natural numbers). This is the OEIS series A002110: primorial numbers first definition.
pn_primorial(0) == 1
pn_primorial($n) == primorial( nth_prime($n) )
The result will be a Math::BigInt object if it is larger than the native bit size.
consecutive_integer_lcm
$lcm = consecutive_integer_lcm($n);
Given an unsigned integer argument, returns the least common multiple of all integers from 1 to n
. This can be done by manipulation of the primes up to n
, resulting in much faster and memoryfriendly results than using a factorial.
partitions
Calculates the partition function p(n) for a nonnegative integer input. This is the number of ways of writing the integer n as a sum of positive integers, without restrictions. This corresponds to Pari's numbpart
function and Mathematica's PartitionsP
function. The values produced in order are OEIS series A000041.
This uses a combinatorial calculation, which means it will not be very fast compared to Pari, Mathematica, or FLINT which use the Rademacher formula using multiprecision floating point. In 10 seconds:
70 Integer::Partition
90 MPU forpart { $n++ }
10_000 MPU pure Perl partitions
250_000 MPU GMP partitions
35_000_000 Pari's numbpart
500_000_000 Jonathan Bober's partitions_c.cc v0.6
If you want the enumerated partitions, see "forpart".
carmichael_lambda
Returns the Carmichael function (also called the reduced totient function, or Carmichael λ(n)) of a positive integer argument. It is the smallest positive integer m
such that a^m = 1 mod n
for every integer a
coprime to n
. This is OEIS series A002322.
kronecker
Returns the Kronecker symbol (an)
for two integers. The possible return values with their meanings for odd prime n
are:
0 a = 0 mod n
1 a is a quadratic residue mod n (a = x^2 mod n for some x)
1 a is a quadratic nonresidue mod n (no a where a = x^2 mod n)
The Kronecker symbol is an extension of the Jacobi symbol to all integer values of n
from the latter's domain of positive odd values of n
. The Jacobi symbol is itself an extension of the Legendre symbol, which is only defined for odd prime values of n
. This corresponds to Pari's kronecker(a,n)
function, Mathematica's KroneckerSymbol[n,m]
function, and GMP's mpz_kronecker(a,n)
, mpz_jacobi(a,n)
, and mpz_legendre(a,n)
functions.
factorial
Given positive integer argument n
, returns the factorial of n
, defined as the product of the integers 1 to n
with the special case of factorial(0) = 1
. This corresponds to Pari's factorial(n)
and Mathematica's Factorial[n]
functions.
factorialmod
Given two positive integer arguments n
and m
, returns n! mod m
. This is much faster than computing the large factorial(n)
followed by a mod operation.
While very efficient, this is not state of the art. Currently, Fredrik Johansson's fast multipoint polynomial evaluation method as used in FLINT is the fastest known method. This becomes noticeable for n
> 10^8
or so, and the O(n^.5) versus O(n) complexity makes it quite extreme as the input gets larger.
binomial
Given integer arguments n
and k
, returns the binomial coefficient n*(n1)*...*(nk+1)/k!
, also known as the choose function. Negative arguments use the Kronenburg extensions. This corresponds to Pari's binomial(n,k)
function, Mathematica's Binomial[n,k]
function, and GMP's mpz_bin_ui
function.
For negative arguments, this matches Mathematica. Pari does not implement the n < 0, k <= n
extension and instead returns 0
for this case. GMP's API does not allow negative k
but otherwise matches. Math::BigInt does not implement any extensions and the results for n < 0, k
0> are undefined.
hclassno
Returns 12 times the HurwitzKronecker class number of the input integer n
. This will always be an integer due to the premultiplication by 12. The result is 0
for any input less than zero or congruent to 1 or 2 mod 4.
This is related to Pari's qfbhclassno(n)
where hclassno(n)
for positive n
equals 12 * qfbhclassno(n)
in Pari/GP. This is OEIS A259825.
bernfrac
Returns the Bernoulli number B_n
for an integer argument n
, as a rational number represented by two Math::BigInt objects. B_1 = 1/2. This corresponds to Pari's bernfrac(n)
and Mathematica's BernoulliB
functions.
Having a modern version of Math::Prime::Util::GMP installed will make a big difference in speed. That module uses a fast Pi/Zeta method. Our pure Perl backend uses the Seidel method as shown by Peter Luschny. This is faster than Math::Pari which uses an older algorithm, but quite a bit slower than modern Pari, Mathematica, or our GMP backend.
This corresponds to Pari's bernfrac
function and Mathematica's BernoulliB
function.
bernreal
Returns the Bernoulli number B_n
for an integer argument n
, as a Math::BigFloat object using the default precision. An optional second argument may be given specifying the precision to be used.
This corresponds to Pari's bernreal
function.
stirling
say "s(14,2) = ", stirling(14, 2);
say "S(14,2) = ", stirling(14, 2, 2);
say "L(14,2) = ", stirling(14, 2, 3);
Returns the Stirling numbers of either the first kind (default), the second kind, or the third kind (the unsigned Lah numbers), with the kind selected as an optional third argument. It takes two nonnegative integer arguments n
and k
plus the optional type
. This corresponds to Pari's stirling(n,k,{type})
function and Mathematica's StirlingS1
/ StirlingS2
functions.
Stirling numbers of the first kind are 1^(nk)
times the number of permutations of n
symbols with exactly k
cycles. Stirling numbers of the second kind are the number of ways to partition a set of n
elements into k
nonempty subsets. The Lah numbers are the number of ways to split a set of n
elements into k
nonempty lists.
harmfrac
Returns the Harmonic number H_n
for an integer argument n
, as a rational number represented by two Math::BigInt objects. The harmonic numbers are the sum of reciprocals of the first n
natural numbers: 1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + ... + 1/n
.
Binary splitting (Fredrik Johansson's elegant formulation) is used.
This corresponds to Mathematica's HarmonicNumber
function.
harmreal
Returns the Harmonic number H_n
for an integer argument n
, as a Math::BigFloat object using the default precision. An optional second argument may be given specifying the precision to be used.
For large n
values, using a lower precision may result in faster computation as an asymptotic formula may be used. For precisions of 13 or less, native floating point is used for even more speed.
znorder
$order = znorder(2, next_prime(10**16)6);
Given two positive integers a
and n
, returns the multiplicative order of a
modulo n
. This is the smallest positive integer k
such that a^k ≡ 1 mod n
. Returns 1 if a = 1
. Returns undef if a = 0
or if a
and n
are not coprime, since no value will result in 1 mod n.
This corresponds to Pari's znorder(Mod(a,n))
function and Mathematica's MultiplicativeOrder[a,n]
function.
znprimroot
Given a positive integer n
, returns the smallest primitive root of (Z/nZ)^*
, or undef
if no root exists. A root exists when euler_phi($n) == carmichael_lambda($n)
, which will be true for all prime n
and some composites.
OEIS A033948 is a sequence of integers where the primitive root exists, while OEIS A046145 is a list of the smallest primitive roots, which is what this function produces.
is_primitive_root
Given two nonnegative numbers a
and n
, returns 1
if a
is a primitive root modulo n
, and 0
if not. If a
is a primitive root, then euler_phi(n)
is the smallest e
for which a^e = 1 mod n
.
znlog
$k = znlog($a, $g, $p)
Returns the integer k
that solves the equation a = g^k mod p
, or undef if no solution is found. This is the discrete logarithm problem.
The implementation for native integers first applies SilverPohligHellman on the group order to possibly reduce the problem to a set of smaller problems. The solutions are then performed using a mixture of trial, Shanks' BSGS, and Pollard's DLP Rho.
The PP implementation is less sophisticated, with only a memoryheavy BSGS being used.
legendre_phi
$phi = legendre_phi(1000000000, 41);
Given a nonnegative integer n
and a nonnegative prime number a
, returns the Legendre phi function (also called Legendre's sum). This is the count of positive integers <= n
which are not divisible by any of the first a
primes.
inverse_li
$approx_prime_count = inverse_li(1000000000);
Given a nonnegative integer n
, returns the least integer value k
such that Li(k)
>= n>. Since the logarithmic integral Li(n)
is a good approximation to the number of primes less than n
, this function is a good simple approximation to the nth prime.
numtoperm
@p = numtoperm(10,654321); # @p=(1,8,2,7,6,5,3,4,9,0)
Given a nonnegative integer n
and integer k
, return the rank k
lexicographic permutation of n
elements. k
will be interpreted as mod n!
.
This will match iteration number k
(zero based) of "forperm".
This corresponds to Pari's numtoperm(n,k)
function, though Pari uses an implementation specific ordering rather than lexicographic.
permtonum
$k = permtonum([1,8,2,7,6,5,3,4,9,0]); # $k = 654321
Given an array reference containing integers from 0
to n
, returns the lexicographic permutation rank of the set. This is the inverse of the "numtoperm" function. All integers up to n
must be present.
This will match iteration number k
(zero based) of "forperm". The result will be between 0
and n!1
.
This corresponds to Pari's permtonum(n)
function, though Pari uses an implementation specific ordering rather than lexicographic.
randperm
@p = randperm(100); # returns shuffled 0..99
@p = randperm(100,4) # returns 4 elements from shuffled 0..99
@s = @data[randperm(1+$#data)]; # shuffle an array
@p = @data[randperm(1+$#data,2)]; # pick 2 from an array
With a single argument n
, this returns a random permutation of the values from 0
to n1
.
When given a second argument k
, the returned list will have only k
elements. This is more efficient than truncating the full shuffled list.
The randomness comes from our CSPRNG.
shuffle
@shuffled = shuffle(@data);
Takes a list as input, and returns a random permutation of the list. Like randperm, the randomness comes from our CSPRNG.
This function is functionally identical to the shuffle
function in List::Util. The only difference is the random source (Chacha20 with better randomness, a larger period, and a larger state). This does make it slower.
If the entire shuffled array is desired, this is faster than slicing with "randperm" as shown in its example above. If, however, a "pick" operation is desired, e.g. pick 2 random elements from a large array, then the slice technique can be hundreds of times faster.
RANDOM NUMBERS
OVERVIEW
Prior to version 5.20, Perl's rand
function used the system rand function. This meant it varied by system, and was almost always a poor choice. For 5.20, Perl standardized on drand48
and includes the source so there are no system dependencies. While this was an improvement, drand48
is not a good PRNG. It really only has 32 bits of random values, and fails many statistical tests. See http://www.pcgrandom.org/statisticaltests.html for more information.
There are much better choices for standard random number generators, such as the Mersenne Twister, PCG, or Xoroshiro128+. Someday perhaps Perl will get one of these to replace drand48. In the mean time, Math::Random::MTwist provides numerous features and excellent performance, or this module.
Since we often deal with random primes for cryptographic purposes, we have additional requirements. This module uses a CSPRNG for its random stream. In particular, ChaCha20, which is the same algorithm used by BSD's arc4random
and /dev/urandom
on BSD and Linux 4.8+. Seeding is performed at startup using the Win32 Crypto API (on Windows), /dev/urandom
, /dev/random
, or Crypt::PRNG, whichever is found first.
We use the original ChaCha definition rather than RFC7539. This means a 64bit counter, resulting in a period of 2^72 bytes or 2^68 calls to drand or <irand64>. This compares favorably to the 2^48 period of Perl's drand48
. It has a 512bit state which is significantly larger than the 48bit drand48
state. When seeding, 320 bits (40 bytes) are used. Among other things, this means all 52! permutations of a shuffled card deck are possible, which is not true of "shuffle" in List::Util.
One might think that performance would suffer from using a CSPRNG, but benchmarking shows it is less than one might expect. does not seem to be the case. The speed of irand, irand64, and drand are within 20% of the fastest existing modules using nonCSPRNG methods, and 2 to 20 times faster than most. While a faster underlying RNG is useful, the Perl call interface overhead is a majority of the time for these calls. Carefully tuning that interface is critical.
For performance on large amounts of data, see the tables in "random_bytes".
Each thread uses its own context, meaning seeding in one thread has no impact on other threads. In addition to improved security, this is better for performance than a single context with locks. If explicit control of multiple independent streams are needed then using a more specific module is recommended. I believe Crypt::PRNG (part of CryptX) and Bytes::Random::Secure are good alternatives.
Using the :rand
export option will define rand
and srand
as similar but improved versions of the system functions of the same name, as well as "irand" and "irand64".
irand
$n32 = irand; # random 32bit integer
Returns a random 32bit integer using the CSPRNG.
irand64
$n64 = irand64; # random 64bit integer
Returns a random 64bit integer using the CSPRNG (on 64bit Perl).
drand
$f = drand; # random floating point value in [0,1)
$r = drand(25.33); # random floating point value in [0,25.33)
Returns a random NV (Perl's native floating point) using the CSPRNG. The API is similar to Perl's rand
but giving better results.
The number of bits returned is equal to the number of significand bits of the NV type used in the Perl build. By default Perl uses doubles and the returned values have 53 bits (even on 32bit Perl). If Perl is built with long double or quadmath support, each value may have 64 or even 113 bits. On newer Perls, one can check the Config variable nvmantbits
to see how many are filled.
This gives substantially better quality random numbers than the default Perl rand
function. Among other things, on modern Perl's, rand
uses drand48, which has 32 bits of notverygood randomness and 16 more bits of obvious patterns (e.g. the 48th bit alternates, the 47th has a period of 4, etc.). Output from rand
fails at least 5 tests from the TestU01 SmallCrush suite, while our function easily passes.
With the ":rand" tag, this function is additionally exported as rand
.
random_bytes
$str = random_bytes(32); # 32 random bytes
Given an unsigned number n
of bytes, returns a string filled with random data from the CSPRNG. Performance for large quantities:
Module/Method Rate Type
  
Math::Prime::Util::GMP 1067 MB/s CSPRNG  ISAAC
ntheory random_bytes 384 MB/s CSPRNG  ChaCha20
Crypt::PRNG 140 MB/s CSPRNG  Fortuna
Crypt::OpenSSL::Random 32 MB/s CSPRNG  SHA1 counter
Math::Random::ISAAC::XS 15 MB/s CSPRNG  ISAAC
ntheory entropy_bytes 13 MB/s CSPRNG  /dev/urandom
Crypt::Random 12 MB/s CSPRNG  /dev/urandom
Crypt::Urandom 12 MB/s CSPRNG  /dev/urandom
Bytes::Random::Secure 6 MB/s CSPRNG  ISAAC
ntheory pure perl ISAAC 5 MB/s CSPRNG  ISAAC (no XS)
Math::Random::ISAAC::PP 2.5 MB/s CSPRNG  ISAAC (no XS)
ntheory pure perl ChaCha 1.0 MB/s CSPRNG  ChaCha20 (no XS)
Data::Entropy::Algorithms 0.5 MB/s CSPRNG  AESCTR
Math::Random::MTwist 927 MB/s PRNG  Mersenne Twister
Bytes::Random::XS 109 MB/s PRNG  drand48
pack CORE::rand 25 MB/s PRNG  drand48 (no XS)
Bytes::Random 2.6 MB/s PRNG  drand48 (no XS)
entropy_bytes
Similar to random_bytes, but directly using the entropy source. This is not normally recommended as it can consume shared system resources and is typically slow  on the computer that produced the "random_bytes" chart above, using dd
generated the same 13 MB/s performance as our "entropy_bytes" function.
The actual performance will be highly system dependent.
urandomb
$n32 = urandomb(32); # Classic irand32, returns a UV
$n = urandomb(1024); # Random integer less than 2^1024
Given a number of bits b
, returns a random unsigned integer less than 2^b
. The result will be uniformly distributed between 0
and 2^b1
inclusive.
urandomm
$n = urandomm(100); # random integer in [0,99]
$n = urandomm(1024); # random integer in [0,1023]
Given a positive integer n
, returns a random unsigned integer less than n
. The results will be uniformly distributed between 0
and n1
inclusive. Care is taken to prevent modulo bias.
csrand
Takes a binary string data
as input and seeds the internal CSPRNG. This is not normally needed as system entropy is used as a seed on startup. For best security this should be 16128 bytes of good entropy. No more than 1024 bytes will be used.
With no argument, reseeds using system entropy, which is preferred.
If the secure
configuration has been set, then this will croak if given an argument. This allows for control of reseeding with entropy the module gets itself, but not user supplied.
srand
Takes a single UV argument and seeds the CSPRNG with it, as well as returning it. If no argument is given, a new UV seed is constructed. Note that this creates a very weak seed from a cryptographic standpoint, so it is useful for testing or simulations but "csrand" is recommended, or keep using the system entropy default seed.
The API is nearly identical to the system function srand
. It uses a UV which can be 64bit rather than always 32bit. The behaviour for undef
, empty string, empty list, etc. is slightly different (we treat these as 0).
This function is not exported with the ":all" tag, but is with ":rand".
If the secure
configuration has been set, this function will croak. Manual seeding using srand
is not compatible with cryptographic security.
rand
An alias for "drand", not exported unless the ":rand" tag is used.
random_factored_integer
my($n, $factors) = random_factored_integer(1000000);
Given a positive nonzero input n
, returns a uniform random integer in the range 1
to n
, along with an array reference containing the factors.
This uses Kalai's algorithm for generating random integers along with their factorization, and is much faster than the naive method of generating random integers followed by a factorization. A later implementation may use Bach's more efficient algorithm.
RANDOM PRIMES
random_prime
my $small_prime = random_prime(1000); # random prime <= limit
my $rand_prime = random_prime(100, 10000); # random prime within a range
Returns a pseudorandomly selected prime that will be greater than or equal to the lower limit and less than or equal to the upper limit. If no lower limit is given, 2 is implied. Returns undef if no primes exist within the range.
The goal is to return a uniform distribution of the primes in the range, meaning for each prime in the range, the chances are equally likely that it will be seen. This is removes from consideration such algorithms as PRIMEINC
, which although efficient, gives very nonrandom output. This also implies that the numbers will not be evenly distributed, since the primes are not evenly distributed. Stated differently, the random prime functions return a uniformly selected prime from the set of primes within the range. Hence given random_prime(1000)
, the numbers 2, 3, 487, 631, and 997 all have the same probability of being returned.
For small numbers, a random index selection is done, which gives ideal uniformity and is very efficient with small inputs. For ranges larger than this ~16bit threshold but within the native bit size, a Monte Carlo method is used. This also gives ideal uniformity and can be very fast for reasonably sized ranges. For even larger numbers, we partition the range, choose a random partition, then select a random prime from the partition. This gives some loss of uniformity but results in many fewer bits of randomness being consumed as well as being much faster.
random_ndigit_prime
say "My 4digit prime number is: ", random_ndigit_prime(4);
Selects a random ndigit prime, where the input is an integer number of digits. One of the primes within that range (e.g. 1000  9999 for 4digits) will be uniformly selected.
If the number of digits is greater than or equal to the maximum native type, then the result will be returned as a BigInt. However, if the nobigint
configuration option is on, then output will be restricted to native size numbers, and requests for more digits than natively supported will result in an error. For better performance with large bit sizes, install Math::Prime::Util::GMP.
random_nbit_prime
my $bigprime = random_nbit_prime(512);
Selects a random nbit prime, where the input is an integer number of bits. A prime with the nth bit set will be uniformly selected.
For bit sizes of 64 and lower, "random_prime" is used, which gives completely uniform results in this range. For sizes larger than 64, Algorithm 1 of Fouque and Tibouchi (2011) is used, wherein we select a random odd number for the lower bits, then loop selecting random upper bits until the result is prime. This allows a more uniform distribution than the general "random_prime" case while running slightly faster (in contrast, for large bit sizes "random_prime" selects a random upper partition then loops on the values within the partition, which very slightly skews the results towards smaller numbers).
The result will be a BigInt if the number of bits is greater than the native bit size. For better performance with large bit sizes, install Math::Prime::Util::GMP.
random_strong_prime
my $bigprime = random_strong_prime(512);
Constructs an nbit strong prime using Gordon's algorithm. We consider a strong prime p to be one where
p is large. This function requires at least 128 bits.
p1 has a large prime factor r.
p+1 has a large prime factor s
r1 has a large prime factor t
Using a strong prime in cryptography guards against easy factoring with algorithms like Pollard's Rho. Rivest and Silverman (1999) present a case that using strong primes is unnecessary, and most modern cryptographic systems agree. First, the smoothness does not affect more modern factoring methods such as ECM. Second, modern factoring methods like GNFS are far faster than either method so make the point moot. Third, due to key size growth and advances in factoring and attacks, for practical purposes, using large random primes offer security equivalent to strong primes.
Similar to "random_nbit_prime", the result will be a BigInt if the number of bits is greater than the native bit size. For better performance with large bit sizes, install Math::Prime::Util::GMP.
random_proven_prime
my $bigprime = random_proven_prime(512);
Constructs an nbit random proven prime. Internally this may use "is_provable_prime"("random_nbit_prime") or "random_maurer_prime" depending on the platform and bit size.
random_proven_prime_with_cert
my($n, $cert) = random_proven_prime_with_cert(512)
Similar to "random_proven_prime", but returns a twoelement array containing the nbit provable prime along with a primality certificate. The certificate is the same as produced by "prime_certificate" or "is_provable_prime_with_cert", and can be parsed by "verify_prime" or any other software that understands MPU primality certificates.
random_maurer_prime
my $bigprime = random_maurer_prime(512);
Construct an nbit provable prime, using the FastPrime algorithm of Ueli Maurer (1995). This is the same algorithm used by Crypt::Primes. Similar to "random_nbit_prime", the result will be a BigInt if the number of bits is greater than the native bit size.
The performance with Math::Prime::Util::GMP installed is hundreds of times faster, so it is highly recommended.
The differences between this function and that in Crypt::Primes are described in the "SEE ALSO" section.
Internally this additionally runs the BPSW probable prime test on every partial result, and constructs a primality certificate for the final result, which is verified. These provide additional checks that the resulting value has been properly constructed.
If you don't need absolutely proven results, then it is somewhat faster to use "random_nbit_prime" either by itself or with some additional tests, e.g. "miller_rabin_random" and/or "is_frobenius_underwood_pseudoprime". One could also run is_provable_prime on the result, but this will be slow.
random_maurer_prime_with_cert
my($n, $cert) = random_maurer_prime_with_cert(512)
As with "random_maurer_prime", but returns a twoelement array containing the nbit provable prime along with a primality certificate. The certificate is the same as produced by "prime_certificate" or "is_provable_prime_with_cert", and can be parsed by "verify_prime" or any other software that understands MPU primality certificates. The proof construction consists of a single chain of BLS3
types.
random_shawe_taylor_prime
my $bigprime = random_shawe_taylor_prime(8192);
Construct an nbit provable prime, using the ShaweTaylor algorithm in section C.6 of FIPS 1864. This uses 512 bits of randomness and SHA256 as the hash. This is a slightly simpler and older (1986) method than Maurer's 1999 construction. It is a bit faster than Maurer's method, and uses less system entropy for large sizes. The primary reason to use this rather than Maurer's method is to use the FIPS 1864 algorithm.
Similar to "random_nbit_prime", the result will be a BigInt if the number of bits is greater than the native bit size. For better performance with large bit sizes, install Math::Prime::Util::GMP. Also see "random_maurer_prime" and "random_proven_prime".
Internally this additionally runs the BPSW probable prime test on every partial result, and constructs a primality certificate for the final result, which is verified. These provide additional checks that the resulting value has been properly constructed.
random_shawe_taylor_prime_with_cert
my($n, $cert) = random_shawe_taylor_prime_with_cert(4096)
As with "random_shawe_taylor_prime", but returns a twoelement array containing the nbit provable prime along with a primality certificate. The certificate is the same as produced by "prime_certificate" or "is_provable_prime_with_cert", and can be parsed by "verify_prime" or any other software that understands MPU primality certificates. The proof construction consists of a single chain of Pocklington
types.
random_semiprime
Takes a positive integer number of bits bits
, returns a random semiprime of exactly bits
bits. The result has exactly two prime factors (hence semiprime).
The factors will be approximately equal size, which is typical for cryptographic use. For example, a 64bit semiprime of this type is the product of two 32bit primes. bits
must be 4
or greater.
Some effort is taken to select uniformly from the universe of bits
bit semiprimes. This takes slightly longer than some methods that do not select uniformly.
random_unrestricted_semiprime
Takes a positive integer number of bits bits
, returns a random semiprime of exactly bits
bits. The result has exactly two prime factors (hence semiprime).
The factors are uniformly selected from the universe of all bits
bit semiprimes. This means semiprimes with one factor equal to 2
will be most common, 3
next most common, etc. bits
must be 3
or greater.
Some effort is taken to select uniformly from the universe of bits
bit semiprimes. This takes slightly longer than some methods that do not select uniformly.
UTILITY FUNCTIONS
prime_precalc
prime_precalc( 1_000_000_000 );
Let the module prepare for fast operation up to a specific number. It is not necessary to call this, but it gives you more control over when memory is allocated and gives faster results for multiple calls in some cases. In the current implementation this will calculate a sieve for all numbers up to the specified number.
prime_memfree
prime_memfree;
Frees any extra memory the module may have allocated. Like with prime_precalc
, it is not necessary to call this, but if you're done making calls, or want things cleanup up, you can use this. The object method might be a better choice for complicated uses.
Math::Prime::Util::MemFree>new
my $mf = Math::Prime::Util::MemFree>new;
# perform operations. When $mf goes out of scope, memory will be recovered.
This is a more robust way of making sure any cached memory is freed, as it will be handled by the last MemFree
object leaving scope. This means if your routines were inside an eval that died, things will still get cleaned up. If you call another function that uses a MemFree object, the cache will stay in place because you still have an object.
prime_get_config
my $cached_up_to = prime_get_config>{'precalc_to'};
Returns a reference to a hash of the current settings. The hash is copy of the configuration, so changing it has no effect. The settings include:
verbose verbose level. 1 or more will result in extra output.
precalc_to primes up to this number are calculated
maxbits the maximum number of bits for native operations
xs 0 or 1, indicating the XS code is available
gmp 0 or 1, indicating GMP code is available
maxparam the largest value for most functions, without bigint
maxdigits the max digits in a number, without bigint
maxprime the largest representable prime, without bigint
maxprimeidx the index of maxprime, without bigint
assume_rh whether to assume the Riemann hypothesis (default 0)
secure disable ability to manually seed the CSPRNG
prime_set_config
prime_set_config( assume_rh => 1 );
Allows setting of some parameters. Currently the only parameters are:
verbose The default setting of 0 will generate no extra output.
Setting to 1 or higher results in extra output. For
example, at setting 1 the AKS algorithm will indicate
the chosen r and s values. At setting 2 it will output
a sequence of dots indicating progress. Similarly, for
random_maurer_prime, setting 3 shows real time progress.
Factoring large numbers is another place where verbose
settings can give progress indications.
xs Allows turning off the XS code, forcing the Pure Perl
code to be used. Set to 0 to disable XS, set to 1 to
reenable. You probably will never want to do this.
gmp Allows turning off the use of L<Math::Prime::Util::GMP>,
which means using Pure Perl code for big numbers. Set
to 0 to disable GMP, set to 1 to reenable.
You probably will never want to do this.
assume_rh Allows functions to assume the Riemann hypothesis is
true if set to 1. This defaults to 0. Currently this
setting only impacts prime count lower and upper
bounds, but could later be applied to other areas such
as primality testing. A later version may also have a
way to indicate whether no RH, RH, GRH, or ERH is to
be assumed.
secure The CSPRNG may no longer be manually seeded. Once set,
this option cannot be disabled. L</srand> will croak
if called, and L</csrand> will croak if called with any
arguments. L</csrand> with no arguments is still allowed,
as that will use system entropy without giving anything
to the caller. The point of this option is to ensure that
any called functions do not try to control the RNG.
FACTORING FUNCTIONS
factor
my @factors = factor(3_369_738_766_071_892_021);
# returns (204518747,16476429743)
Produces the prime factors of a positive number input, in numerical order. The product of the returned factors will be equal to the input. n = 1
will return an empty list, and n = 0
will return 0. This matches Pari.
In scalar context, returns Ω(n), the total number of prime factors (OEIS A001222). This corresponds to Pari's bigomega(n)
function and Mathematica's PrimeOmega[n]
function. This is same result that we would get if we evaluated the resulting array in scalar context.
The current algorithm does a little trial division, a check for perfect powers, followed by combinations of Pollard's Rho, SQUFOF, and Pollard's p1. The combination is applied to each nonprime factor found.
Factoring bigints works with pure Perl, and can be very handy on 32bit machines for numbers just over the 32bit limit, but it can be very slow for "hard" numbers. Installing the Math::Prime::Util::GMP module will speed up bigint factoring a lot, and all future effort on large number factoring will be in that module. If you do not have that module for some reason, use the GMP or Pari version of bigint if possible (e.g. use bigint try => 'GMP,Pari'
), which will run 23x faster (though still 100x slower than the real GMP code).
factor_exp
my @factor_exponent_pairs = factor_exp(29513484000);
# returns ([2,5], [3,4], [5,3], [7,2], [11,1], [13,2])
# factor(29513484000)
# returns (2,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,3,5,5,5,7,7,11,13,13)
Produces pairs of prime factors and exponents in numerical factor order. This is more convenient for some algorithms. This is the same form that Mathematica's FactorInteger[n]
and Pari/GP's factorint
functions return. Note that Math::Pari transposes the Pari result matrix.
In scalar context, returns ω(n), the number of unique prime factors (OEIS A001221). This corresponds to Pari's omega(n)
function and Mathematica's PrimeNu[n]
function. This is same result that we would get if we evaluated the resulting array in scalar context.
The internals are identical to "factor", so all comments there apply. Just the way the factors are arranged is different.
divisors
my @divisors = divisors(30); # returns (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15, 30)
Produces all the divisors of a positive number input, including 1 and the input number. The divisors are a power set of multiplications of the prime factors, returned as a uniqued sorted list. The result is identical to that of Pari's divisors
and Mathematica's Divisors[n]
functions.
In scalar context this returns the sigma0 function (see Hardy and Wright section 16.7). This is OEIS A000005. The results is identical to evaluating the array in scalar context, but more efficient. This corresponds to Pari's numdiv
and Mathematica's DivisorSigma[0,n]
functions.
Also see the "for_divisors" functions for looping over the divisors.
trial_factor
my @factors = trial_factor($n);
Produces the prime factors of a positive number input. The factors will be in numerical order. For large inputs this will be very slow. Like all the specificalgorithm *_factor
routines, this is not exported unless explicitly requested.
fermat_factor
my @factors = fermat_factor($n);
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. The particular algorithm is Knuth's algorithm C. For small inputs this will be very fast, but it slows down quite rapidly as the number of digits increases. It is very fast for inputs with a factor close to the midpoint (e.g. a semiprime p*q where p and q are the same number of digits).
holf_factor
my @factors = holf_factor($n);
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. An optional number of rounds can be given as a second parameter. It is possible the function will be unable to find a factor, in which case a single element, the input, is returned. This uses Hart's One Line Factorization with no premultiplier. It is an interesting alternative to Fermat's algorithm, and there are some inputs it can rapidly factor. Overall it has the same advantages and disadvantages as Fermat's method.
lehman_factor
my @factors = lehman_factor($n);
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. An optional argument, defaulting to 0 (false), indicates whether to run trial division. Without trial division, is possible the function will be unable to find a factor, in which case a single element, the input, is returned.
This is Warren D. Smith's Lehman core with minor modifications. It is limited to 42bit inputs: n < 8796393022208
.
squfof_factor
my @factors = squfof_factor($n);
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. An optional number of rounds can be given as a second parameter. It is possible the function will be unable to find a factor, in which case a single element, the input, is returned. This function typically runs very fast.
prho_factor
pbrent_factor
my @factors = prho_factor($n);
my @factors = pbrent_factor($n);
# Use a very small number of rounds
my @factors = prho_factor($n, 1000);
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. An optional number of rounds can be given as a second parameter. These attempt to find a single factor using Pollard's Rho algorithm, either the original version or Brent's modified version. These are more specialized algorithms usually used for prefactoring very large inputs, as they are very fast at finding small factors.
pminus1_factor
my @factors = pminus1_factor($n);
my @factors = pminus1_factor($n, 1_000); # set B1 smoothness
my @factors = pminus1_factor($n, 1_000, 50_000); # set B1 and B2
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. This is Pollard's p1
method, using two stages with default smoothness settings of 1_000_000 for B1, and 10 * B1
for B2. This method can rapidly find a factor p
of n
where p1
is smooth (it has no large factors).
pplus1_factor
my @factors = pplus1_factor($n);
my @factors = pplus1_factor($n, 1_000); # set B1 smoothness
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. This is Williams' p+1
method, using one stage and two predefined initial points.
ecm_factor
my @factors = ecm_factor($n);
my @factors = ecm_factor($n, 100, 400, 10); # B1, B2, # of curves
Produces factors, not necessarily prime, of the positive number input. This is the elliptic curve method using two stages.
MATHEMATICAL FUNCTIONS
ExponentialIntegral
my $Ei = ExponentialIntegral($x);
Given a nonzero floating point input x
, this returns the realvalued exponential integral of x
, defined as the integral of e^t/t dt
from infinity
to x
.
If the bignum module has been loaded, all inputs will be treated as if they were Math::BigFloat objects.
For nonBigInt/BigFloat inputs, the result should be accurate to at least 14 digits.
For BigInt / BigFloat inputs, full accuracy and performance is obtained only if Math::Prime::Util::GMP is installed. If this module is not available, then other methods are used and give at least 14 digits of accuracy: continued fractions (x < 1
), rational Chebyshev approximation ( 1 < x < 0
), a convergent series (small positive x
), or an asymptotic divergent series (large positive x
).
LogarithmicIntegral
my $li = LogarithmicIntegral($x)
Given a positive floating point input, returns the floating point logarithmic integral of x
, defined as the integral of dt/ln t
from 0
to x
. If given a negative input, the function will croak. The function returns 0 at x = 0
, and infinity
at x = 1
.
This is often known as li(x)
. A related function is the offset logarithmic integral, sometimes known as Li(x)
which avoids the singularity at 1. It may be defined as Li(x) = li(x)  li(2)
. Crandall and Pomerance use the term li0
for this function, and define li(x) = Li0(x)  li0(2)
. Due to this terminology confusion, it is important to check which exact definition is being used.
If the bignum module has been loaded, all inputs will be treated as if they were Math::BigFloat objects.
For nonBigInt/BigFloat objects, the result should be accurate to at least 14 digits.
For BigInt / BigFloat inputs, full accuracy and performance is obtained only if Math::Prime::Util::GMP is installed.
RiemannZeta
my $z = RiemannZeta($s);
Given a floating point input s
where s >= 0
, returns the floating point value of ζ(s)1, where ζ(s) is the Riemann zeta function. One is subtracted to ensure maximum precision for large values of s
. The zeta function is the sum from k=1 to infinity of 1 / k^s
. This function only uses real arguments, so is basically the Euler Zeta function.
If the bignum module has been loaded, all inputs will be treated as if they were Math::BigFloat objects.
For nonBigInt/BigFloat objects, the result should be accurate to at least 14 digits. The XS code uses a rational Chebyshev approximation between 0.5 and 5, and a series for other values. The PP code uses an identical series for all values.
For BigInt / BigFloat inputs, full accuracy and performance is obtained only if Math::Prime::Util::GMP is installed. If this module is not available, then other methods are used and give at least 14 digits of accuracy: Either Borwein (1991) algorithm 2, or the basic series. Math::BigFloat RT 43692 can produce incorrect highaccuracy computations when GMP is not used.
RiemannR
my $r = RiemannR($x);
Given a positive nonzero floating point input, returns the floating point value of Riemann's R function. Riemann's R function gives a very close approximation to the prime counting function.
If the bignum module has been loaded, all inputs will be treated as if they were Math::BigFloat objects.
For nonBigInt/BigFloat objects, the result should be accurate to at least 14 digits.
For BigInt / BigFloat inputs, full accuracy and performance is obtained only if Math::Prime::Util::GMP is installed. If this module are not available, accuracy should be 35 digits.
LambertW
Returns the principal branch of the Lambert W function of a real value. Given a value k
this solves for W
in the equation k = We^W
. The input must not be less than 1/e
. This corresponds to Pari's lambertw
function and Mathematica's ProductLog
/ LambertW
function.
This function handles all real value inputs with noncomplex return values. This is a superset of Pari's lambertw
which is similar but only for positive arguments. Mathematica's function is much more detailed, with both branches, complex arguments, and complex results.
Calculation will be done with C long doubles if the input is a standard scalar, but if bignum is in use or if the input is a BigFloat type, then extended precision results will be used.
Speed of the native code is about half of the fastest native code (Veberic's C++), and about 30x faster than Pari/GP. However the bignum calculation is slower than Pari/GP.
Pi
my $tau = 2 * Pi; # $tau = 6.28318530717959
my $tau = 2 * Pi(40); # $tau = 6.283185307179586476925286766559005768394
With no arguments, returns the value of Pi as an NV. With a positive integer argument, returns the value of Pi with the requested number of digits (including the leading 3). The return value will be an NV if the number of digits fits in an NV (typically 15 or less), or a Math::BigFloat object otherwise.
For sizes over 10k digits, having either Math::Prime::Util::GMP or Math::BigInt::GMP installed will help performance. For sizes over 50k the one is highly recommended.
EXAMPLES
Print Fibonacci numbers:
perl Mntheory=:all E 'say lucasu(1,1,$_) for 0..20'
Print strong pseudoprimes to base 17 up to 10M:
# Similar to A001262's isStrongPsp function, but much faster
perl MMath::Prime::Util=:all E 'forcomposites { say if is_strong_pseudoprime($_,17) } 10000000;'
Print some primes above 64bit range:
perl MMath::Prime::Util=:all Mbigint E 'my $start=100000000000000000000; say join "\n", @{primes($start,$start+1000)}'
# Another way
perl MMath::Prime::Util=:all E 'forprimes { say } "100000000000000000039", "100000000000000000993"'
# Similar using Math::Pari:
# perl MMath::Pari=:int,PARI,nextprime E 'my $start = PARI "100000000000000000000"; my $end = $start+1000; my $p=nextprime($start); while ($p <= $end) { say $p; $p = nextprime($p+1); }'
Generate Carmichael numbers (OEIS A002997):
perl Mntheory=:all E 'foroddcomposites { say if is_carmichael($_) } 1e6;'
# Less efficient, similar to Mathematica or MAGMA:
perl Mntheory=:all E 'foroddcomposites { say if $_ % carmichael_lambda($_) == 1 } 1e6;'
Examining the η3(x) function of Planat and Solé (2011):
sub nu3 {
my $n = shift;
my $phix = chebyshev_psi($n);
my $nu3 = 0;
foreach my $nu (1..3) {
$nu3 += (moebius($nu)/$nu)*LogarithmicIntegral($phix**(1/$nu));
}
return $nu3;
}
say prime_count(1000000);
say prime_count_approx(1000000);
say nu3(1000000);
Construct and use a SophieGermain prime iterator:
sub make_sophie_germain_iterator {
my $p = shift  2;
my $it = prime_iterator($p);
return sub {
do { $p = $it>() } while !is_prime(2*$p+1);
$p;
};
}
my $sgit = make_sophie_germain_iterator();
print $sgit>(), "\n" for 1 .. 10000;
Project Euler, problem 3 (Largest prime factor):
use Math::Prime::Util qw/factor/;
use bigint; # Only necessary for 32bit machines.
say 0+(factor(600851475143))[1]
Project Euler, problem 7 (10001st prime):
use Math::Prime::Util qw/nth_prime/;
say nth_prime(10_001);
Project Euler, problem 10 (summation of primes):
use Math::Prime::Util qw/sum_primes/;
say sum_primes(2_000_000);
# ... or do it a little more manually ...
use Math::Prime::Util qw/forprimes/;
my $sum = 0;
forprimes { $sum += $_ } 2_000_000;
say $sum;
# ... or do it using a big list ...
use Math::Prime::Util qw/vecsum primes/;
say vecsum( @{primes(2_000_000)} );
Project Euler, problem 21 (Amicable numbers):
use Math::Prime::Util qw/divisor_sum/;
my $sum = 0;
foreach my $x (1..10000) {
my $y = divisor_sum($x)$x;
$sum += $x + $y if $y > $x && $x == divisor_sum($y)$y;
}
say $sum;
# Or using a pipeline:
use Math::Prime::Util qw/vecsum divisor_sum/;
say vecsum( map { divisor_sum($_) }
grep { my $y = divisor_sum($_)$_;
$y > $_ && $_==(divisor_sum($y)$y) }
1 .. 10000 );
Project Euler, problem 41 (Pandigital prime), brute force command line:
perl MMath::Prime::Util=primes MList::Util=first E 'say first { /1/&&/2/&&/3/&&/4/&&/5/&&/6/&&/7/} reverse @{primes(1000000,9999999)};'
Project Euler, problem 47 (Distinct primes factors):
use Math::Prime::Util qw/pn_primorial factor_exp/;
my $n = pn_primorial(4); # Start with the first 4factor number
# factor_exp in scalar context returns the number of distinct prime factors
$n++ while (factor_exp($n) != 4  factor_exp($n+1) != 4  factor_exp($n+2) != 4  factor_exp($n+3) != 4);
say $n;
Project Euler, problem 69, stupid brute force solution (about 1 second):
use Math::Prime::Util qw/euler_phi/;
my ($maxn, $maxratio) = (0,0);
foreach my $n (1..1000000) {
my $ndivphi = $n / euler_phi($n);
($maxn, $maxratio) = ($n, $ndivphi) if $ndivphi > $maxratio;
}
say "$maxn $maxratio";
Here is the right way to do PE problem 69 (under 0.03s):
use Math::Prime::Util qw/pn_primorial/;
my $n = 0;
$n++ while pn_primorial($n+1) < 1000000;
say pn_primorial($n);
Project Euler, problem 187, stupid brute force solution, 1 to 2 minutes:
use Math::Prime::Util qw/forcomposites factor/;
my $nsemis = 0;
forcomposites { $nsemis++ if scalar factor($_) == 2; } int(10**8)1;
say $nsemis;
Here is one of the best ways for PE187: under 20 milliseconds from the command line. Much faster than Pari, and competitive with Mathematica.
use Math::Prime::Util qw/forprimes prime_count/;
my $limit = shift  int(10**8);
$limit;
my ($sum, $pc) = (0, 1);
forprimes {
$sum += prime_count(int($limit/$_)) + 1  $pc++;
} int(sqrt($limit));
say $sum;
To get the result of "matches" in Math::Factor::XS:
use Math::Prime::Util qw/divisors/;
sub matches {
my @d = divisors(shift);
return map { [$d[$_],$d[$#d$_]] } 1..(@d1)>>1;
}
my $n = 139650;
say "$n = ", join(" = ", map { "$_>[0]·$_>[1]" } matches($n));
or its matches
function with the skip_multiples
option:
sub matches {
my @d = divisors(shift);
return map { [$d[$_],$d[$#d$_]] }
grep { my $div=$d[$_]; !scalar(grep {!($div % $d[$_])} 1..$_1) }
1..(@d1)>>1; }
}
Compute OEIS A054903 just like CRG4s Pari example:
use Math::Prime::Util qw/forcomposite divisor_sum/;
forcomposites {
say if divisor_sum($_)+6 == divisor_sum($_+6)
} 9,1e7;
Construct the table shown in OEIS A046147:
use Math::Prime::Util qw/znorder euler_phi gcd/;
foreach my $n (1..100) {
if (!znprimroot($n)) {
say "$n ";
} else {
my $phi = euler_phi($n);
my @r = grep { gcd($_,$n) == 1 && znorder($_,$n) == $phi } 1..$n1;
say "$n ", join(" ", @r);
}
}
Find the 7digit palindromic primes in the first 20k digits of Pi:
use Math::Prime::Util qw/Pi is_prime/;
my $pi = "".Pi(20000); # make sure we only stringify once
for my $pos (2 .. length($pi)7) {
my $s = substr($pi, $pos, 7);
say "$s at $pos" if $s eq reverse($s) && is_prime($s);
}
# Or we could use the regex engine to find the palindromes:
while ($pi =~ /(([1379])(\d)(\d)\d\4\3\2)/g) {
say "$1 at ",pos($pi)7 if is_prime($1)
}
The Bell numbers B_n:
sub B { my $n = shift; vecsum(map { stirling($n,$_,2) } 0..$n) }
say "$_ ",B($_) for 1..50;
Recognizing tetrahedral numbers (OEIS A000292):
sub is_tetrahedral {
my $n6 = vecprod(6,shift);
my $k = rootint($n6,3);
vecprod($k,$k+1,$k+2) == $n6;
}
Recognizing powerful numbers (e.g. ispowerful
from Pari/GP):
sub ispowerful { 0 + vecall { $_>[1] > 1 } factor_exp(shift); }
Convert from binary to hex (3000x faster than Math::BaseConvert):
my $hex_string = todigitstring(fromdigits($bin_string,2),16);
Calculate and print derangements using permutations:
my @data = qw/a b c d/;
forperm { say "@data[@_]" unless vecany { $_[$_]==$_ } 0..$#_ } @data;
# Using forderange directly is faster
Compute the subfactorial of n (OEIS A000166):
sub subfactorial { my $n = shift;
vecsum(map{ vecprod((1)**($n$_),binomial($n,$_),factorial($_)) }0..$n);
}
Compute subfactorial (number of derangements) using simple recursion:
sub subfactorial { my $n = shift;
use bigint;
($n < 1) ? 1 : $n * subfactorial($n1) + (1)**$n;
}
PRIMALITY TESTING NOTES
Above 2^64
, "is_prob_prime" performs an extrastrong BPSW test which is fast (a little less than the time to perform 3 MillerRabin tests) and has no known counterexamples. If you trust the primality testing done by Pari, Maple, SAGE, FLINT, etc., then this function should be appropriate for you. "is_prime" will do the same BPSW test as well as some additional testing, making it slightly more time consuming but less likely to produce a false result. This is a little more stringent than Mathematica. "is_provable_prime" constructs a primality proof. If a certificate is requested, then either BLS75 theorem 5 or ECPP is performed. Without a certificate, the method is implementation specific (currently it is identical, but later releases may use APRCL). With Math::Prime::Util::GMP installed, this is quite fast through 300 or so digits.
Math systems 30 years ago typically used MillerRabin tests with k
bases (usually fixed bases, sometimes random) for primality testing, but these have generally been replaced by some form of BPSW as used in this module. See Pinch's 1993 paper for examples of why using k
MR tests leads to poor results. The three exceptions in common contemporary use I am aware of are:
 libtommath

Uses the first
k
prime bases. This is problematic for cryptographic use, as there are known methods (e.g. Arnault 1994) for constructing counterexamples. The number of bases required to avoid false results is unreasonably high, hence performance is slow even if one ignores counterexamples. Unfortunately this is the multiprecision math library used for Perl 6 and at least one CPAN Crypto module.  GMP/MPIR

Uses a set of
k
staticrandom bases. The bases are randomly chosen using a PRNG that is seeded identically each call (the seed changes with each release). This offers a very slight advantage over using the firstk
prime bases, but not much. See, for example, Nicely's mpz_probab_prime_p pseudoprimes page.  Math::Pari (not recent Pari/GP)

Pari 2.1.7 is the default version installed with the Math::Pari module. It uses 10 random MR bases (the PRNG uses a fixed seed set at compile time). Pari 2.3.0 was released in May 2006 and it, like all later releases through at least 2.6.1, use BPSW / APRCL, after complaints of false results from using MR tests. For example, it will indicate 9 is prime about 1 out of every 276k calls.
Basically the problem is that it is just too easy to get counterexamples from running k
MR tests, forcing one to use a very large number of tests (at least 20) to avoid frequent false results. Using the BPSW test results in no known counterexamples after 30+ years and runs much faster. It can be enhanced with one or more random bases if one desires, and will still be much faster.
Using k
fixed bases has another problem, which is that in any adversarial situation we can assume the inputs will be selected such that they are one of our counterexamples. Now we need absurdly large numbers of tests. This is like playing "pick my number" but the number is fixed forever at the start, the guesser gets to know everyone else's guesses and results, and can keep playing as long as they like. It's only valid if the players are completely oblivious to what is happening.
LIMITATIONS
Perl versions earlier than 5.8.0 have problems doing exact integer math. Some operations will flip signs, and many operations will convert intermediate or output results to doubles, which loses precision on 64bit systems. This causes numerous functions to not work properly. The test suite will try to determine if your Perl is broken (this only applies to really old versions of Perl compiled for 64bit when using numbers larger than ~ 2^49
). The best solution is updating to a more recent Perl.
The module is threadsafe and should allow good concurrency on all platforms that support Perl threads except Win32. With Win32, either don't use threads or make sure prime_precalc
is called before using primes
, prime_count
, or nth_prime
with large inputs. This is only an issue if you use nonCygwin Win32 and call these routines from within Perl threads.
Because the loop functions like "forprimes" use MULTICALL
, there is some odd behavior with anonymous sub creation inside the block. This is shared with most XS modules that use MULTICALL
, and is rarely seen because it is such an unusual use. An example is:
forprimes { my $var = "p is $_"; push @subs, sub {say $var}; } 50;
$_>() for @subs;
This can be worked around by using double braces for the function, e.g. forprimes {{ ... }} 50
.
SEE ALSO
This section describes other CPAN modules available that have some feature overlap with this one. Also see the "REFERENCES" section. Please let me know if any of this information is inaccurate. Also note that just because a module doesn't match what I believe are the best set of features doesn't mean it isn't perfect for someone else.
I will use SoE to indicate the Sieve of Eratosthenes, and MPU to denote this module (Math::Prime::Util). Some quick alternatives I can recommend if you don't want to use MPU:
Math::Prime::FastSieve is the alternative module I use for basic functionality with small integers. It's fast and simple, and has a good set of features.
Math::Primality is the alternative module I use for primality testing on bigints. The downside is that it can be slow, and the functions other than primality tests are very slow.
Math::Pari if you want the kitchen sink and can install it and handle using it. There are still some functions it doesn't do well (e.g. prime count and nth_prime).
Math::Prime::XS has is_prime
and primes
functionality. There is no bigint support. The is_prime
function uses wellwritten trial division, meaning it is very fast for small numbers, but terribly slow for large 64bit numbers. MPU is similarly fast with small numbers, but becomes faster as the size increases. MPXS's prime sieve is an unoptimized nonsegmented SoE which returns an array. Sieve bases larger than 10^7
start taking inordinately long and using a lot of memory (gigabytes beyond 10^10
). E.g. primes(10**9, 10**9+1000)
takes 36 seconds with MPXS, but only 0.0001 seconds with MPU.
Math::Prime::FastSieve supports primes
, is_prime
, next_prime
, prev_prime
, prime_count
, and nth_prime
. The caveat is that all functions only work within the sieved range, so are limited to about 10^10
. It uses a fast SoE to generate the main sieve. The sieve is 23x slower than the base sieve for MPU, and is nonsegmented so cannot be used for larger values. Since the functions work with the sieve, they are very fast. The fast bitvectorlookup functionality can be replicated in MPU using prime_precalc
but is not required.
Bit::Vector supports the primes
and prime_count
functionality in a somewhat similar way to Math::Prime::FastSieve. It is the slowest of all the XS sieves, and has the most memory use. It is faster than pure Perl code.
Crypt::Primes supports random_maurer_prime
functionality. MPU has more options for random primes (ndigit, nbit, ranged, strong, and ST) in addition to Maurer's algorithm. MPU does not have the critical bug RT81858. MPU has a more uniform distribution as well as return a larger subset of primes (RT81871). MPU does not depend on Math::Pari though can run slow for bigints unless the Math::BigInt::GMP or Math::BigInt::Pari modules are installed. Having Math::Prime::Util::GMP installed makes the speed vastly faster. Crypt::Primes is hardcoded to use Crypt::Random which uses /dev/random (blocking source), while MPU uses its own ChaCha20 implementation seeded from /dev/urandom or Win32. MPU can return a primality certificate. What Crypt::Primes has that MPU does not is the ability to return a generator.
Math::Factor::XS calculates prime factors and factors, which correspond to the "factor" and "divisors" functions of MPU. Its functions do not support bigints. Both are implemented with trial division, meaning they are very fast for really small values, but become very slow as the input gets larger (factoring 19 digit semiprimes is over 1000 times slower). The function count_prime_factors
can be done in MPU using scalar factor($n)
. See the "EXAMPLES" section for a 2line function replicating matches
.
Math::Big version 1.12 includes primes
functionality. The current code is only usable for very tiny inputs as it is incredibly slow and uses lots of memory. RT81986 has a patch to make it run much faster and use much less memory. Since it is in pure Perl it will still run quite slow compared to MPU.
Math::Big::Factors supports factorization using wheel factorization (smart trial division). It supports bigints. Unfortunately it is extremely slow on any input that isn't the product of just small factors. Even 7 digit inputs can take hundreds or thousands of times longer to factor than MPU or Math::Factor::XS. 19digit semiprimes will take hours versus MPU's single milliseconds.
Math::Factoring is a placeholder module for bigint factoring. Version 0.02 only supports trial division (the PollardRho method does not work).
Math::Prime::TiedArray allows random access to a tied primes array, almost identically to what MPU provides in Math::Prime::Util::PrimeArray. MPU has attempted to fix Math::Prime::TiedArray's shift bug (RT58151). MPU is typically much faster and will use less memory, but there are some cases where MP:TA is faster (MP:TA stores all entries up to the largest request, while MPU:PA stores only a window around the last request).
List::Gen is very interesting and includes a builtin primes iterator as well as a is_prime
filter for arbitrary sequences. Unfortunately both are very slow.
Math::Primality supports is_prime
, is_pseudoprime
, is_strong_pseudoprime
, is_strong_lucas_pseudoprime
, next_prime
, prev_prime
, prime_count
, and is_aks_prime
functionality. This is a great little module that implements primality functionality. It was the first CPAN module to support the BPSW test. All inputs are processed using GMP, so it of course supports bigints. In fact, Math::Primality was made originally with bigints in mind, while MPU was originally targeted to native integers, but both have added better support for the other. The main differences are extra functionality (MPU has more functions) and performance. With native integer inputs, MPU is generally much faster, especially with "prime_count". For bigints, MPU is slower unless the Math::Prime::Util::GMP module is installed, in which case MPU is 24x faster. Math::Primality also installs a primes.pl
program, but it has much less functionality than the one included with MPU.
Math::NumSeq does not have a onetoone mapping between functions in MPU, but it does offer a way to get many similar results such as primes, twin primes, SophieGermain primes, lucky primes, moebius, divisor count, factor count, Euler totient, primorials, etc. Math::NumSeq is set up for accessing these values in order rather than for arbitrary values, though a few sequences support random access. The primary advantage I see is the uniform access mechanism for a lot of sequences. For those methods that overlap, MPU is usually much faster. Importantly, most of the sequences in Math::NumSeq are limited to 32bit indices.
"cr_combine" in Math::ModInt::ChineseRemainder is similar to MPU's "chinese", and in fact they use the same algorithm. The former module uses caching of moduli to speed up further operations. MPU does not do this. This would only be important for cases where the lcm is larger than a native int (noting that use in cryptography would always have large moduli).
For combinations and permutations there are many alternatives. One difference with nearly all of them is that MPU's "forcomb" and "forperm" functions don't operate directly on a user array but on generic indices. Math::Combinatorics and Algorithm::Combinatorics have more features, but will be slower. List::Permutor does permutations with an iterator. Algorithm::FastPermute and Algorithm::Permute are very similar but can be 210x faster than MPU (they use the same userblock structure but twiddle the user array each call).
There are numerous modules to perform a set product (also called Cartesian product or cross product). These include Set::Product, Math::Cartesian::Product, Set::Scalar, and Set::CrossProduct, as well as a few others. The Set::CartesianProduct::Lazy module provides random access, albeit rather slowly. Our "forsetproduct" matches Set::Product in both high performance and functionality (that module's single function "product" in Set::Product is essentially identical to ours).
Math::Pari supports a lot of features, with a great deal of overlap. In general, MPU will be faster for native 64bit integers, while it differs for bigints (Pari will always be faster if Math::Prime::Util::GMP is not installed; with it, it varies by function). Note that Pari extends many of these functions to other spaces (Gaussian integers, complex numbers, vectors, matrices, polynomials, etc.) which are beyond the realm of this module. Some of the highlights:
isprime

The default Math::Pari is built with Pari 2.1.7. This uses 10 MR tests with randomly chosen bases (fixed seed, but doesn't reset each invocation like GMP's
is_probab_prime
). This has a much greater chance of false positives compared to the BPSW test  some composites such as9
,88831
,38503
, etc. (OEIS A141768) have a surprisingly high chance of being indicated prime. Usingisprime($n,1)
will perform ann1
proof, but this becomes unreasonably slow past 70 or so digits.If Math::Pari is built using Pari 2.3.5 (this requires manual configuration) then the primality tests are completely different. Using
ispseudoprime
will perform a BPSW test and is quite a bit faster than the older test.isprime
now does an APRCL proof (fast, but no certificate).Math::Primality uses a strong BPSW test, which is the standard BPSW test based on the 1980 paper. It has no known counterexamples (though like all these tests, we know some exist). Pari 2.3.5 (and through at least 2.6.2) uses an almostextrastrong BPSW test for its
ispseudoprime
function. This is deterministic for native integers, and should be excellent for bigints, with a slightly lower chance of counterexamples than the traditional strong test. Math::Prime::Util uses the full extrastrong BPSW test, which has an even lower chance of counterexample. With Math::Prime::Util::GMP,is_prime
adds an extra MR test using a random base, which further reduces the probability of a composite being allowed to pass. primepi

Only available with version 2.3 of Pari. Similar to MPU's "prime_count" function in API, but uses a naive counting algorithm with its precalculated primes, so is not of practical use. Incidently, Pari 2.6 (not usable from Perl) has fixed the precalculation requirement so it is more useful, but is still thousands of times slower than MPU.
primes

Doesn't support ranges, requires bumping up the precalculated primes for larger numbers, which means knowing in advance the upper limit for primes. Support for numbers larger than 400M requires using Pari version 2.3.5. If that is used, sieving is about 2x faster than MPU, but doesn't support segmenting.
factorint

Similar to MPU's "factor_exp" though with a slightly different return. MPU offers "factor" for a linear array of prime factors where n = p1 * p2 * p3 * ... as (p1,p2,p3,...) and "factor_exp" for an array of factor/exponent pairs where: n = p1^e1 * p2^e2 * ... as ([p1,e1],[p2,e2],...) Pari/GP returns an array similar to the latter. Math::Pari returns a transposed matrix like: n = p1^e1 * p2^e2 * ... as ([p1,p2,...],[e1,e2,...]) Slower than MPU for all 64bit inputs on an x86_64 platform, it may be faster for large values on other platforms. With the newer Math::Prime::Util::GMP releases, bigint factoring is slightly faster on average in MPU.
divisors

Similar to MPU's "divisors".
forprime
,forcomposite
,fordiv
,sumdiv

Similar to MPU's "forprimes", "forcomposites", "fordivisors", and "divisor_sum".
eulerphi
,moebius

Similar to MPU's "euler_phi" and "moebius". MPU is 220x faster for native integers. MPU also supported range inputs, which can be much more efficient. With bigint arguments, MPU is slightly faster than Math::Pari if the GMP backend is available, but very slow without.
gcd
,lcm
,kronecker
,znorder
,znprimroot
,znlog

Similar to MPU's "gcd", "lcm", "kronecker", "znorder", "znprimroot", and "znlog". Pari's
znprimroot
only returns the smallest root for prime powers. The behavior is undefined when the group is not cyclic (sometimes it throws an exception, sometimes it returns an incorrect answer, sometimes it hangs). MPU's "znprimroot" will always return the smallest root if it exists, andundef
otherwise. Similarly, MPU's "znlog" will return the smallestx
and work with nonprimitiverootg
, which is similar to Pari/GP 2.6, but not the older versions in Math::Pari. The performance of "znlog" is quite good compared to older Pari/GP, but much worse than 2.6's new methods. sigma

Similar to MPU's "divisor_sum". MPU is ~10x faster when the result fits in a native integer. Once things overflow it is fairly similar in performance. However, using Math::BigInt can slow things down quite a bit, so for best performance in these cases using a Math::GMP object is best.
numbpart
,forpart

Similar to MPU's "partitions" and "forpart". These functions were introduced in Pari 2.3 and 2.6, hence are not in Math::Pari.
numbpart
produce identical results topartitions
, but Pari is much faster. forpart is very similar to Pari's function, but produces a different ordering (MPU is the standard antilexicographical, Pari uses a size sort). Currently Pari is somewhat faster due to Perl function call overhead. When using restrictions, Pari has much better optimizations. eint1

Similar to MPU's "ExponentialIntegral".
zeta

MPU has "RiemannZeta" which takes nonnegative real inputs, while Pari's function supports negative and complex inputs.
Overall, Math::Pari supports a huge variety of functionality and has a sophisticated and mature code base behind it (noting that the Pari library used is about 10 years old now). For native integers, typically Math::Pari will be slower than MPU. For bigints, Math::Pari may be superior and it rarely has any performance surprises. Some of the unique features MPU offers include super fast prime counts, nth_prime, ECPP primality proofs with certificates, approximations and limits for both, random primes, fast Mertens calculations, Chebyshev theta and psi functions, and the logarithmic integral and Riemann R functions. All with fairly minimal installation requirements.
PERFORMANCE
First, for those looking for the state of the art nonPerl solutions:
 Primality testing

For general numbers smaller than 2000 or so digits, MPU is the fastest solution I am aware of (it is faster than Pari 2.7, PFGW, and FLINT). For very large inputs, PFGW is the fastest primality testing software I'm aware of. It has fast trial division, and is especially fast on many special forms. It does not have a BPSW test however, and there are quite a few counterexamples for a given base of its PRP test, so it is commonly used for fast filtering of large candidates. A test such as the BPSW test in this module is then recommended.
 Primality proofs

Primo is the best method for open source primality proving for inputs over 1000 digits. Primo also does well below that size, but other good alternatives are David Cleaver's mpzaprcl, the APRCL from the modern Pari package, or the standalone ECPP from this module with large polynomial set.
 Factoring

yafu, msieve, and gmpecm are all good choices for large inputs. The factoring code in this module (and all other CPAN modules) is very limited compared to those.
 Primes

primesieve and yafu are the fastest publically available code I am aware of. Primesieve will additionally take advantage of multiple cores with excellent efficiency. Tomás Oliveira e Silva's private code may be faster for very large values, but isn't available for testing.
Note that the Sieve of Atkin is not faster than the Sieve of Eratosthenes when both are well implemented. The only Sieve of Atkin that is even competitive is Bernstein's super optimized primegen, which runs on par with the SoE in this module. The SoE's in Pari, yafu, and primesieve are all faster.
 Prime Counts and Nth Prime

Outside of private research implementations doing prime counts for
n > 2^64
, this module should be close to state of the art in performance, and supports results up to2^64
. Further performance improvements are planned, as well as expansion to larger values.The fastest solution for small inputs is a hybrid table/sieve method. This module does this for values below 60M. As the inputs get larger, either the tables have to grow exponentially or speed must be sacrificed. Hence this is not a good general solution for most uses.
PRIME COUNTS
Counting the primes to 800_000_000
(800 million):
Time (s) Module Version Notes
   
0.001 Math::Prime::Util 0.37 using extended LMO
0.007 Math::Prime::Util 0.12 using Lehmer's method
0.27 Math::Prime::Util 0.17 segmented mod30 sieve
0.39 Math::Prime::Util::PP 0.24 Perl (Lehmer's method)
0.9 Math::Prime::Util 0.01 mod30 sieve
2.9 Math::Prime::FastSieve 0.12 decent oddnumber sieve
11.7 Math::Prime::XS 0.26 needs some optimization
15.0 Bit::Vector 7.2
48.9 Math::Prime::Util::PP 0.14 Perl (fastest I know of)
170.0 Faster Perl sieve (net) 201201 array of odds
548.1 RosettaCode sieve (net) 201206 simplistic Perl
3048.1 Math::Primality 0.08 Perl + Math::GMPz
>20000 Math::Big 1.12 Perl, > 26GB RAM used
Python's standard modules are very slow: MPMATH v0.17 primepi
takes 169.5s and 25+ GB of RAM. SymPy 0.7.1 primepi
takes 292.2s. However there are very fast solutions written by Robert William Hanks (included in the xt/ directory of this distribution): pure Python in 12.1s and NUMPY in 2.8s.
PRIMALITY TESTING
 Small inputs: is_prime from 1 to 20M

2.0s Math::Prime::Util (sieve lookup if prime_precalc used) 2.5s Math::Prime::FastSieve (sieve lookup) 3.3s Math::Prime::Util (trial + deterministic MR) 10.4s Math::Prime::XS (trial) 19.1s Math::Pari w/2.3.5 (BPSW) 52.4s Math::Pari (10 random MR) 480s Math::Primality (deterministic MR)
 Large native inputs: is_prime from 10^16 to 10^16 + 20M

4.5s Math::Prime::Util (BPSW) 24.9s Math::Pari w/2.3.5 (BPSW) 117.0s Math::Pari (10 random MR) 682s Math::Primality (BPSW) 30 HRS Math::Prime::XS (trial) These inputs are too large for Math::Prime::FastSieve.
 bigints: is_prime from 10^100 to 10^100 + 0.2M

2.2s Math::Prime::Util (BPSW + 1 random MR) 2.7s Math::Pari w/2.3.5 (BPSW) 13.0s Math::Primality (BPSW) 35.2s Math::Pari (10 random MR) 38.6s Math::Prime::Util w/o GMP (BPSW) 70.7s Math::Prime::Util (n1 or ECPP proof) 102.9s Math::Pari w/2.3.5 (APRCL proof)
MPU is consistently the fastest solution, and performs the most stringent probable prime tests on bigints.
Math::Primality has a lot of overhead that makes it quite slow for native size integers. With bigints we finally see it work well.
Math::Pari built with 2.3.5 not only has a better primality test versus the default 2.1.7, but runs faster. It still has quite a bit of overhead with native size integers. Pari/GP 2.5.0 takes 11.3s, 16.9s, and 2.9s respectively for the tests above. MPU is still faster, but clearly the time for native integers is dominated by the calling overhead.
FACTORING
Factoring performance depends on the input, and the algorithm choices used are still being tuned. Math::Factor::XS is very fast when given input with only small factors, but it slows down rapidly as the smallest factor increases in size. For numbers larger than 32 bits, Math::Prime::Util can be 100x or more faster (a number with only very small factors will be nearly identical, while a semiprime may be 3000x faster). Math::Pari is much slower with native sized inputs, probably due to calling overhead. For bigints, the Math::Prime::Util::GMP module is needed or performance will be far worse than Math::Pari. With the GMP module, performance is pretty similar from 20 through 70 digits, which the caveat that the current MPU factoring uses more memory for 60+ digit numbers.
This slide presentation has a lot of data on 64bit and GMP factoring performance I collected in 2009. Assuming you do not know anything about the inputs, trial division and optimized Fermat or Lehman work very well for small numbers (<= 10 digits), while native SQUFOF is typically the method of choice for 1118 digits (I've seen claims that a lightweight QS can be faster for 15+ digits). Some form of Quadratic Sieve is usually used for inputs in the 19100 digit range, and beyond that is the General Number Field Sieve. For serious factoring, I recommend looking at yafu, msieve, gmpecm, GGNFS, and Pari. The latest yafu should cover most uses, with GGNFS likely only providing a benefit for numbers large enough to warrant distributed processing.
PRIMALITY PROVING
The n1
proving algorithm in Math::Prime::Util::GMP compares well to the version included in Pari. Both are pretty fast to about 60 digits, and work reasonably well to 80 or so before starting to take many minutes per number on a fast computer. Version 0.09 and newer of MPU::GMP contain an ECPP implementation that, while not state of the art compared to closed source solutions, works quite well. It averages less than a second for proving 200digit primes including creating a certificate. Times below 200 digits are faster than Pari 2.3.5's APRCL proof. For larger inputs the bottleneck is a limited set of discriminants, and time becomes more variable. There is a larger set of discriminants on github that help, with 300digit primes taking ~5 seconds on average and typically under a minute for 500digits. For primality proving with very large numbers, I recommend Primo.
RANDOM PRIME GENERATION
Seconds per prime for random prime generation on a early 2015 Macbook Pro (2.7 GHz i5) with Math::BigInt::GMP and Math::Prime::Util::GMP installed.
bits random +testing Maurer ShwTylr CPMaurer
     
64 0.00002 +0.000009 0.00004 0.00004 0.019
128 0.00008 +0.00014 0.00018 0.00012 0.051
256 0.0004 +0.0003 0.00085 0.00058 0.13
512 0.0023 +0.0007 0.0048 0.0030 0.40
1024 0.019 +0.0033 0.034 0.025 1.78
2048 0.26 +0.014 0.41 0.25 8.02
4096 2.82 +0.11 4.4 3.0 66.7
8192 23.7 +0.65 50.8 38.7 929.4
random = random_nbit_prime (results pass BPSW)
random+ = additional time for 3 MR and a Frobenius test
maurer = random_maurer_prime
ShwTylr = random_shawe_taylor_prime
CPMaurer = Crypt::Primes::maurer
"random_nbit_prime" is reasonably fast, and for most purposes should suffice. For cryptographic purposes, one may want additional tests or a proven prime. Additional tests are quite cheap, as shown by the time for three extra MR and a Frobenius test. At these bit sizes, the chances a composite number passes BPSW, three more MR tests, and a Frobenius test is extraordinarily small.
"random_proven_prime" provides a randomly selected prime with an optional certificate, without specifying the particular method. With GMP installed this always uses Maurer's algorithm as it is the best compromise between speed and diversity.
"random_maurer_prime" constructs a provable prime. A primality test is run on each intermediate, and it also constructs a complete primality certificate which is verified at the end (and can be returned). While the result is uniformly distributed, only about 10% of the primes in the range are selected for output. This is a result of the FastPrime algorithm and is usually unimportant.
"random_shawe_taylor_prime" similarly constructs a provable prime. It uses a simpler construction method. It is slightly faster than Maurer's algorithm but provides less diversity (even fewer primes in the range are selected, though for typical cryptographic sizes this is not important). The Perl implementation uses a single large random seed followed by SHA256 as specified by FIPS 1864. The GMP implementation uses the same FIPS 1864 algorithm but uses its own CSPRNG which may not be SHA256.
"maurer" in Crypt::Primes times are included for comparison. It is reasonably fast for small sizes but gets slow as the size increases. It is 10 to 500 times slower than this module's GMP methods. It does not perform any primality checks on the intermediate results or the final result (I highly recommended running a primality test on the output). Additionally important for servers, "maurer" in Crypt::Primes uses excessive system entropy and can grind to a halt if /dev/random
is exhausted (it can take days to return).
AUTHORS
Dana Jacobsen <dana@acm.org>
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Eratosthenes of Cyrene provided the elegant and simple algorithm for finding primes.
Terje Mathisen, A.R. Quesada, and B. Van Pelt all had useful ideas which I used in my wheel sieve.
The SQUFOF implementation being used is a slight modification to the public domain racing version written by Ben Buhrow. Enhancements with ideas from Ben's later code as well as Jason Papadopoulos's public domain implementations are planned for a later version.
The LMO implementation is based on the 2003 preprint from Christian Bau, as well as the 2006 paper from Tomás Oliveira e Silva. I also want to thank Kim Walisch for the many discussions about prime counting.
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Marc Deléglise and Joöl Rivat, "Computing the summation of the Möbius function", Experimental Mathematics, v5, n4, pp 291295, 1996. Enhances the Möbius computation in Lioen/van de Lune, and gives a very efficient way to compute the Mertens function. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.em/1047565447
Pierre Dusart, "Autour de la fonction qui compte le nombre de nombres premiers", PhD thesis, 1998. In French. The mathematics is readable and highly recommended reading if you're interested in prime number bounds. http://www.unilim.fr/laco/theses/1998/T1998_01.html
Pierre Dusart, "Estimates of Some Functions Over Primes without R.H.", preprint, 2010. Updates to the best nonRH bounds for prime count and nth prime. http://arxiv.org/abs/1002.0442/
PierreAlain Fouque and Mehdi Tibouchi, "Close to Uniform Prime Number Generation With Fewer Random Bits", preprint, 2011. Describes random prime distributions, their algorithm for creating random primes using few random bits, and comparisons to other methods. Definitely worth reading for the discussions of uniformity. http://eprint.iacr.org/2011/481
Walter M. Lioen and Jan van de Lune, "Systematic Computations on Mertens' Conjecture and Dirichlet's Divisor Problem by Vectorized Sieving", in From Universal Morphisms to Megabytes, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, pp. 421432, 1994. Describes a nice way to compute a range of Möbius values. http://walter.lioen.com/papers/LL94.pdf
Ueli M. Maurer, "Fast Generation of Prime Numbers and Secure PublicKey Cryptographic Parameters", 1995. Generating random provable primes by building up the prime. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.26.2151
Gabriel Mincu, "An Asymptotic Expansion", Journal of Inequalities in Pure and Applied Mathematics, v4, n2, 2003. A very readable account of Cipolla's 1902 nth prime approximation. http://www.emis.de/journals/JIPAM/images/153_02_JIPAM/153_02.pdf
Vincent Pegoraro and Philipp Slusallek, "On the Evaluation of the ComplexValued Exponential Integral", Journal of Graphics, GPU, and Game Tools, v15, n3, pp 183198, 2011. http://www.cs.utah.edu/~vpegorar/research/2011_JGT/paper.pdf
William H. Press et al., "Numerical Recipes", 3rd edition.
Hans Riesel, "Prime Numbers and Computer Methods for Factorization", Birkh?user, 2nd edition, 1994. Lots of information, some code, easy to follow.
David M. Smith, "MultiplePrecision Exponential Integral and Related Functions", ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, v37, n4, 2011. http://myweb.lmu.edu/dmsmith/toms2011.pdf
Douglas A. Stoll and Patrick Demichel , "The impact of ζ(s) complex zeros on π(x) for x < 10^{10^{13}}", "Mathematics of Computation", v80, n276, pp 23812394, October 2011. http://www.ams.org/journals/mcom/201180276/S002557182011024774/home.html
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