# Greatest Common Divisor

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Greatest Common Divison

Works with PostgreSQL

8.4

Written in

SQL

Depends on

Nothing

Using a CTE, the calculation of greatest common divisor (gcd) is trivial.

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION gcd( a bigint, b bigint) RETURNS bigint IMMUTABLE STRICT LANGUAGE SQL AS $$ WITH RECURSIVE t(a,b) AS ( VALUES (abs($1)::bigint, abs($2)::bigint) UNION ALL SELECT b, mod(a,b) FROM t WHERE b > 0 ) SELECT a FROM t WHERE b = 0 $$;

Thanks to David Fetter for this query. Thanks to Pasha Golub for the faster, more correct version.