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Topic: Integer test for perfect square
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Re: Integer test for perfect square
Posted: Mar 12, 2009 12:58 PM
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On Mar 12, 10:46 am, Jack Schmidt <>
> > Is there an integer test for a perfect square? Say I
> > have a large positive integer (1000 digits), and I
> > want to know if it's a perfect square, and I don't
> > have floating point available. I ended up getting
> > around this by factoring the number, but I wonder if
> > there's a quicker way.

> See Henri Cohen's "A course in computational algebraic
> number theory." Springer-Verlag, 1993. ISBN 3-540-55640-0
> You want algorithm 1.7.3.  Roughly speaking, you
> first check if the number is a square modulo some
> small numbers (11, 63, 64, 65 is suggested), then
> square the integer square root.
> This is much faster than factoring.

I guess Cohen outlines a way to find the integer square root without
using floating point? Some form of Newton's method?

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