Talk:Table of costs of operations in elliptic curves

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search


What Wikipedia is not[edit]

This article's title says, "DELETE ME" under WP:INDISCRIMINATE and WP:NOT#STATS. Tables of raw data are not the point of Wikipedia. Even if fully referenced, it appears that this article would just a table of statistics taken from another source (I use "taken" in the innocent sense, not to suggest that it would be in violation of copyright.) It appears, therefore, that it should be deleted. Better to put it out of its misery now than later, when more time has been invested in it.

I can imagine an article being developed around the subject -- "the fact that this computation takes x times longer than that means that...." and so forth, but that would not be a mere table. . . . . Jim . . . . Jameslwoodward (talkcontribs) 11:15, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

I don't think it is indiscriminate information - it potentially summarises computational information in a way that would be useful for lookup in an area of interest in cryptography. The issues lie elsewhere: there should be references; and the specifications for the calculation of computational cost should be explained (and shown to be standard in the area). There may in fact be a need to merge some of the related articles, to give proper coverage (and this table would then appear as a summary). Assuming the summary has no value seems to me to be coming at the topic from the wrong direction. Charles Matthews (talk) 12:19, 9 February 2010 (UTC)