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    Invented a sieve

    Hey guys! this is a question for people who know what to do with inventions.

    I've been playing around with prime number sieves in java and I ended up making a sieve that is faster than the sieve of atkin (which I hear is the fastest known one so far). First of all, is this enough of a big deal to try to release it or would nobody even care? Second, if it is a big deal, then who do I go to and how do I prevent from someone else taking the credit?

    Any suggestions would be great!
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    If you want to release it free, publish it on a major site like github. Then you can ask people to peer review the algorithm. If you're confident in the algorithm, I suggest talking with a university to have the algorithm peer reviewed. (I recommend publishing it before doing this though)

    Be prepared to be met with skepticism. Primes are an extremely well studied field, and the chances of someone randomly "ending up" developing a faster novel algorithm is extremely low (but not impossible).

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    • womp3 agrees : Thanks! I've never used github but I'll check it out.

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    What is the computational complexity of your algorithm, and how much memory does it use?
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