# Memoization

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**Memoization** is a technique for storing values of a function instead of recomputing them each time the function is called.

A classic example is the recursive computation of Fibonacci numbers.

The immediate implementation of Fibonacci numbers without memoization is horribly slow.

Tryslow_fib 30

slow_fib :: Integer -> Integer slow_fib 1 = 1 slow_fib 2 = 1 slow_fib n = slow_fib (n-2) + slow_fib (n-1)

The memoized version is much faster.

Trymemoized_fib 10000

memoized_fib :: Integer -> Integer memoized_fib = let fib' 0 = 0 fib' 1 = 1 fib' n = memoized_fib (n-2) + memoized_fib (n-1) in (map fib' [0 ..] !!)