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if I reduce the runtime from 100s to 80s, what's my % improvement?

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"Improvement" implies you are measuring performance. Performance is proportional to the inverse of wallclock time.

Therefore, if you want to quote a percentage improvement, you would calculate performance like so:
new = 1/80s = 0.0125 units of work per second
old = 1/100s = 0.0100 units of work per second

improvement = new/old = 0.0125/0.0100 = 1.25x or +25%

The 20% figure is accurate if you are quoting a reduction in wallclock time, but you would typically phrase that as -20%, because wallclock time decreased.

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