# Lecture14 - Lecture 14 Factoring Algorithms(Taken from...

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Lecture 14: Factoring Algorithms (Taken from Stinson section 4.8 and Elementary Number Theory , Rosen) Fermat Factorization Note that if n (odd) n = ab, then we can rewrite n = s 2 - t 2 , for some value of s and t, since n = (s-t)(s+t), where s = (a+b)/2 and t=(a-b)/2. Both s and t are integers since a and b must both be odd. Now, to use the Fermat factorization, let n = s 2 - t 2 , then we have that t 2 = s 2 - n. Simply start plugging in successive values for s starting with the minimal s for which s 2 > n, until you find a solution for t. Example: n=6077, start s=78. 78 2 - 6077 = 7 79 2 - 6077 = 164 80 2 - 6077 = 323 81 2 - 6077 = 484 = 22 2 , so 6077 = 81 2 - 22 2 = (81 - 22)(81 + 22) = 59x103 Pollard Rho Method Given that n=pq, the basic idea behind this method is to find to integers x and y such that p | (x - y) but n does NOT divide into x - y. Once you find these integers, computing gcd(n, x-y) will yield a non-trivial factor of n. The manner in which the Pollard Rho Method suggests finding x and y is as follows: x 0 = 2 (or any random value mod n) x k+1 f(x k ) mod n f should be a polynomial that produces a large set of numbers before it repeats. A function that works well in practice is f(x) = x 2 + 1. Even when we produce this sequence of values, it would seem as if we should check the difference between each pair of numbers produced. This is O(m 2 ) GCD calls if m values

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