A Recursive Binary Gcd Algorithm
Damien Stehlé and Paul Zimmermann
Abstract:
The binary algorithm is a variant of the Euclidean algorithm that performs
well in practice. We present a quasilinear time recursive algorithm that
computes the greatest common divisor of two integers by simulating a
slightly modified version of the binary algorithm. The structure of our
algorithm is very close to the one of the wellknown
KnuthSchönhage fast gcd algorithm;
although it does not improve on its $O(M(n) \log n)$ complexity,
the description and the proof of
correctness are significantly simpler in our case. This leads to a
simplification of the implementation and to better running times.
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Erratum
We thank Niels Möller for having pointed out to us a mistake in Figure 6
of the article. It should be:
Figure 1:
Algorithm HalfGBgcd.

Each time algorithm HalfGBgcd is called by algorithm
FastGBgcd, k is chosen as
.
Some Statistical Tests Related to the GB Division
Distribution of the quotient of GB(a,b) when a and b are chosen uniformly
in [1,2^101] with nu_2(b) > nu_2(a). 10^6 samples. In percentages.
Notice that quotients with the same bit length appear with equal frequencies.
q 
1 
3 
5 
7 
9 
11 
13 
15 
17 
19 
21 
23 
25 
27 
29 
31 
>32, <64 
>64 
mean 
66.68 
16.74 
4.17 
4.13 
1.02 
1.04 
1.05 
1.03 
0.26 
0.25 
0.26 
0.26 
0.27 
0.25 
0.26 
0.26 
1.04 
1.04 
Average number of divisions in the GB Euclidean execution starting from a,b
when a and b are chosen uniformly in [1,2^n1] with nu_2(b) > nu_2(a).
10^3 samples if n<=100, 10 samples if n>=200.
n 
10 
20 
30 
40 
50 
60 
70 
80 
90 
100 
200 
300 
400 
500 
600 
700 
800 
900 
1000 
mean 
4.9 
10.0 
15.1 
20.3 
25.6 
30.6 
35.6 
40.8 
45.8 
51.0 
104 
155 
207 
253 
308 
357 
406 
469 
518 
worst 
10 
18 
26 
31 
35 
44 
50 
60 
65 
67 
117 
162 
226 
271 
324 
385 
445 
480 
546 
Distribution of the quotients appearing in the GB Euclidean execution starting from a,b
when a and b are chosen uniformly in [1,2^n1] with nu_2(b) > nu_2(a). 1 sample. In percentages.
n 
nbr of quotients 
q=1 
3 
5 
7 
9 
11 
13 
15 
>16 
1000 
491 
64.6 
18.9 
3.9 
4.1 
1.0 
0.6 
1.2 
0.4 
<=5.0 
2000 
1029 
67.5 
15.9 
3.3 
3.7 
1.3 
1.6 
0.8 
1.7 
<=4.2 
3000 
1588 
66.8 
17.3 
4.0 
3.7 
1.6 
1.4 
0.8 
0.8 
<=3.6 
4000 
2085 
68.1 
16.1 
4.3 
3.9 
1.0 
0.9 
1.1 
0.9 
<=3.7 
5000 
2593 
66.6 
17.1 
4.0 
4.0 
1.1 
1.0 
1.1 
1.1 
<=4.0 
6000 
3058 
67.0 
15.7 
4.3 
4.4 
1.4 
0.8 
1.1 
0.9 
<=4.4 
7000 
3613 
65.8 
17.5 
4.4 
4.6 
1.2 
0.6 
0.9 
1.1 
<=3.9 
These experimental results have been explained precisely by the averagecase
analysis of the GB Euclidean algorithm that has been undertaken
by Daireaux,
MaumeDeschamp
and Vallée, in their
article "The Lyapunov Tortoise and the Dyadic Hare".
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