Suppose I have a function that returns a polynomial in x,


but it is quite slow, so I memoize this. However, doing GetPoly[params,2y] or similar do not utilize the memoized data, it does the same computation now with 2y.

What is the best way to reuse the existing computation?

The solution I can cook up is to use an auxiliary function that computes the polynomial symbolically, and then substitute with the actual symbol/value:


Is this the best solution to my problem? What is the convention to do this in a package?

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    $\begingroup$ Does the calculation of the polynomial change at all based on x, or only the parameters? That is, is there ever a case where to get from GetPloy[params1, x1] to GetPloy[params1, x2] is more complicated than simply substituting x2 for x1? $\endgroup$ – Jason B. Mar 11 '16 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ It is not clear how your code looks like so maybe this question dealing with a memoization technique for certain polynomials: Why does Expand not work within a function? and answers providing correct implementations will be helpful. $\endgroup$ – Artes Mar 11 '16 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ Seen this? $\endgroup$ – J. M.'s ennui Mar 11 '16 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ @JasonB: Simply substituting. That's exactly what happens. But different params give different polynomials. $\endgroup$ – Per Alexandersson Mar 11 '16 at 17:27
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    $\begingroup$ @PerAlexandersson Then I would definitely do it the way you have at the end of the post. $\endgroup$ – Jason B. Mar 11 '16 at 19:41

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