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From S├ębastien Brisard (Created) (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (MATH-686) Add methods negate() / reciprocal() to the FieldElement interface
Date Fri, 07 Oct 2011 13:05:30 GMT
Add methods negate() / reciprocal() to the FieldElement interface

                 Key: MATH-686
             Project: Commons Math
          Issue Type: New Feature
            Reporter: S├ębastien Brisard
            Priority: Trivial
             Fix For: 3.0

As discussed on the mailing list, it is proposed to add two methods to the {{FieldElement}}
* {{negate()}} : returns the additive inverse of {{this}} element.
* {{reciprocal()}} : returns the multiplicative inverse of {{this}} element.

Several name couples have been proposed by Phil
# {{negate}}, {{invert}}
# {{opposite}}, {{reciprocal}}
# {{additiveInverse}}, {{multiplicativeInverse}}

Looking at the classes implementing this interface in the core CM library, we find that
* {{Complex}}, {{Dfp}}, {{BigFraction}} and {{Fraction}} already have a {{negate()}} method.
* Besides, {{BigFraction}} and {{Fraction}} already have a {{reciprocal()}} method.

So the best naming option would seem to be (for the time being) a mixture of what Phil proposed.
I realize it's not completely satisfactory because one is a noun and one a verb. However that's
what would induce the least changes to the CM library. As a second step, it will be easier
to change consistently the names of all classes implementing {{FieldElement}}.

So I propose to introduce {{negate()}} and {{reciprocal()}} in the {{FieldElement}} interface.

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