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what's the point of pow()?

P: n/a
it's a serious question: why does the builtin pow function exist?

for two argument pow we've got **. there's no add() for + or mul()
for *....

and three argument pow-with-modulo seems like specilaist usage that
belongs in the standard lib, not in the core. I know about crypto and
number theory uses. are there others?

it's obviously useful for something or else it would be slated for
removal in python 3000, surely?

Richard

Aug 9 '07 #1
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