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# Fast Prime Number List Generator

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Description:

This is a fast prime number list generator using sieve algorithm. This function return a list of prime numbers which <= argument.

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1. def primes(n):
2.     if n==2: return [2]
3.     elif n<2: return []
4.     s=range(3,n+1,2)
5.     mroot = n ** 0.5
6.     half=(n+1)/2-1
7.     i=0
8.     m=3
9.     while m <= mroot:
10.         if s[i]:
11.             j=(m*m-3)/2
12.             s[j]=0
13.             while j<half:
14.                 s[j]=0
15.                 j+=m
16.         i=i+1
17.         m=2*i+3
18.     return [2]+[x for x in s if x]
19.
20. print primes(13)
21. print primes(3000)
22.
From ActiveState's Python Cookbook area (here).
------------- we get ------------
[2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13]
[2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73,
79, 83, 89, 97, 101, 103, 107, 109, 113, 127, 131, 137, 139, 149, 151, 157, 163
, 167, 173, 179, 181, 191, 193, 197, 199, 211, 223, 227, 229, 233, 239, 241, 251
, 257, 263, 269, 271, 277, 281, 283, 293, 307, 311, 313, 317, 331, 337, 347, 349
, 353, 359, 367, 373, 379, 383, 389, 397, 401, 409, 419, 421, 431, 433, 439, 443
, 449, 457, 461, 463, 467, 479, 487, 491, 499, 503, 509, 521, 523, 541, 547, 557
, 563, 569, 571, 577, 587, 593, 599, 601, 607, 613, 617, 619, 631, 641, 643, 647
, 653, 659, 661, 673, 677, 683, 691, 701, 709, 719, 727, 733, 739, 743, 751, 757
, 761, 769, 773, 787, 797, 809, 811, 821, 823, 827, 829, 839, 853, 857, 859, 863
, 877, 881, 883, 887, 907, 911, 919, 929, 937, 941, 947, 953, 967, 971, 977, 983
, 991, 997, 1009, 1013, 1019, 1021, 1031, 1033, 1039, 1049, 1051, 1061, 1063, 10
69, 1087, 1091, 1093, 1097, 1103, 1109, 1117, 1123, 1129, 1151, 1153, 1163, 1171
, 1181, 1187, 1193, 1201, 1213, 1217, 1223, 1229, 1231, 1237, 1249, 1259, 1277,
1279, 1283, 1289, 1291, 1297, 1301, 1303, 1307, 1319, 1321, 1327, 1361, 1367, 13
73, 1381, 1399, 1409, 1423, 1427, 1429, 1433, 1439, 1447, 1451, 1453, 1459, 1471
, 1481, 1483, 1487, 1489, 1493, 1499, 1511, 1523, 1531, 1543, 1549, 1553, 1559,
1567, 1571, 1579, 1583, 1597, 1601, 1607, 1609, 1613, 1619, 1621, 1627, 1637, 16
57, 1663, 1667, 1669, 1693, 1697, 1699, 1709, 1721, 1723, 1733, 1741, 1747, 1753
, 1759, 1777, 1783, 1787, 1789, 1801, 1811, 1823, 1831, 1847, 1861, 1867, 1871,
1873, 1877, 1879, 1889, 1901, 1907, 1913, 1931, 1933, 1949, 1951, 1973, 1979, 19
87, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2017, 2027, 2029, 2039, 2053, 2063, 2069, 2081
, 2083, 2087, 2089, 2099, 2111, 2113, 2129, 2131, 2137, 2141, 2143, 2153, 2161,
2179, 2203, 2207, 2213, 2221, 2237, 2239, 2243, 2251, 2267, 2269, 2273, 2281, 22
87, 2293, 2297, 2309, 2311, 2333, 2339, 2341, 2347, 2351, 2357, 2371, 2377, 2381
, 2383, 2389, 2393, 2399, 2411, 2417, 2423, 2437, 2441, 2447, 2459, 2467, 2473,
2477, 2503, 2521, 2531, 2539, 2543, 2549, 2551, 2557, 2579, 2591, 2593, 2609, 26
17, 2621, 2633, 2647, 2657, 2659, 2663, 2671, 2677, 2683, 2687, 2689, 2693, 2699
, 2707, 2711, 2713, 2719, 2729, 2731, 2741, 2749, 2753, 2767, 2777, 2789, 2791,
2797, 2801, 2803, 2819, 2833, 2837, 2843, 2851, 2857, 2861, 2879, 2887, 2897, 29
03, 2909, 2917, 2927, 2939, 2953, 2957, 2963, 2969, 2971, 2999]
Jan 30 '07 #1
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kudos
127 Recognized Expert New Member
cool! but why do you do this?
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1. half=(n+1)/2-1
since it equal to
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1. half=n+1
ahhh..it really doesn't matter, I just felt like posting something :)
-kudos
Jan 30 '07 #2
horace1
1,510 Recognized Expert Top Contributor
cool! but why do you do this?
Expand|Select|Wrap|Line Numbers
1. half=(n+1)/2-1
since it equal to
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1. half=n+1
ahhh..it really doesn't matter, I just felt like posting something :)
-kudos
I would have thought that
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1. half=(n+1)/2-1
would evaluate to
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1. half=((n+1)/2)-1
according to the operator precedence rules
http://www.ibiblio.org/g2swap/byteof...recedence.html
Jan 30 '07 #3
bartonc
6,596 Recognized Expert Expert
cool! but why do you do this?
Expand|Select|Wrap|Line Numbers
1. half=(n+1)/2-1
since it equal to
Expand|Select|Wrap|Line Numbers
1. half=n+1
ahhh..it really doesn't matter, I just felt like posting something :)
-kudos
That's the spirit! I miss seeing you avatar on posts these days.
Jan 31 '07 #4
kudos
127 Recognized Expert New Member
ahhhh....i completely forgot that...I should test code myself before I post...:-)

-kudos

I would have thought that
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1. half=(n+1)/2-1
would evaluate to
Expand|Select|Wrap|Line Numbers
1. half=((n+1)/2)-1
according to the operator precedence rules
http://www.ibiblio.org/g2swap/byteof...recedence.html
Feb 1 '07 #5