Benefits of a Lookup Table

This tip submitted by Ali Nawkhas Murad on 2012-02-04 06:36:42. It has been viewed 15356 times.
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The lookup table becomes very important tool when the time is more critical than memory space in your system. In this case a function with tedious and long calculations, consuming too much time can be replaced by a lookup table. A lookup table takes an argument as an index to table to get its corresponding value. For example the factorial function can be substituted by lookup table as shown below:

ULONG64  fac(int  n)
  ULONG64 val[21]  = {1,1,2,6,24,120,720,5040,40320,362880,3628800,39916800,479001600,6227020800,87178291200,
              return val[n];

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