Re: What's a "snowplow"? (Pai Technology)
Sat, 12 Nov 1994 02:03:27 GMT

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From: (Pai Technology)
Keywords: history, comment
Organization: HiNet
References: 94-11-064
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 1994 02:03:27 GMT

Jonathan Eifrig ( wrote:
: What's a "snowplow"? If it's a compiler term, its certainly fallen from
: favor, as no compiler text I can find mentions it.

>From <<The Art of Computer Programming: Volume 3>>, page 254:

    A clever way to show that 2P is indeed the expected run length was dis-
    covered by E. F. Moore, who compared the situation to a snowplow on a cir-
    cular track [U.S. Patent 2983904 (1961), cols. 3-4]. ...

Eventually, when all the 7 volumes are completed, this will be a
compiler text...

Hao-yang Wang
Pai Technology, Inc.
[For the humor impaired, this is a sorting technique which has no connection
I can see to compilers. Unless someone knows where to find Dave Ahl, looks
like this will remain a mystery. -John]

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