math is hard (to remember)

cabney cabney at
Fri Jul 13 16:00:32 CDT 2001

On 13 Jul 2001, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:

> cabney> If this goes through the whole bitstring, could you get a significant
> cabney> optimization removing zero's from the high end?
> No, it only removes bits from the right end for as many items as there
> are in the list.  No savings there.  And the "unpack" is fast, because
> the integer is already bit-ish.  I doubt you'd find a much faster
> algorithm.

I base my conclusion on the empty $bit variable, post-grep.  I'll
take another look.


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