GCD of random linear combinations

Joachim Von Zur Gathen*, Igor E. Shparlinski

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We show that for arbitrary positive integers a1, . . ., a m with probability 6/π2 + o(1), the gcd of two linear combinations of these integers with rather small random integer coefficients coincides with gcd(a1, . . ., am). This naturally leads to a probabilistic algorithm for computing the gcd of several integers, with probability 6/π2 + o(1), via just one gcd of two numbers with about the same size as the initial data (namely the above linear combinations). This algorithm can be repeated to achieve any desired confidence level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalAlgorithmica (New York)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006


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