[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Martin v. Loewis martin@v.loewis.de
27 May 2002 08:21:59 +0200

pinard@iro.umontreal.ca (Fran=E7ois Pinard) writes:

> > I also use 2.0 as the lowest common denominator.
> Linguistic problem :-).  Should we say "greatest" instead of "lowest"?
> Granted that the greatest common denominator is not "greatest" in any oth=
> way, but it is lower or equal than any of the things we consider.  The re=
> "lowest" common denominator might be very close to nothing, might it not?

For any two natural numbers, the lowest common denominator is
1. Finding the greatest (largest?) common denominator is indeed what
involves an algorithm.