Algebraic simplification: a guide for the perplexed

  title={Algebraic simplification: a guide for the perplexed},
  author={J. Moses},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  • J. Moses
  • Published 1971
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Commun. ACM
Algebraic simplification is examined first from the point of view of a user who needs to comprehend a large expression, and second from the point of view of a designer who wants to construct a useful and efficient system. First we describe various techniques akin to substitution. These techniques can be used to decrease the size of an expression and make it more intelligible to a user. Then we delineate the spectrum of approaches to the design of automatic simplification capabilities in an… Expand
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