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Division without using divide operator

megha joshi
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Joined: Feb 20, 2007
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I am looking for the program/algorithm to implement division without
using divide operator?

I know the subtraction solution...I was looking for a more efficient solution ...something like bits manipulation of some kind?
Stan James
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The right shift operator will divide by powers of 2. That's the only shortcut I use. Here are a few notes on Binary Division which might be fun.

Is this a bar bet or a school assignment?
[ October 08, 2007: Message edited by: Stan James ]

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Ryan McGuire
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Joined: Feb 18, 2005
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Implement binary long division. Sure, regular base 10 long division uses a divide operation, but since the binary equivalent needs to arrive at either a 0 or a 1, you could get away with an if statement.

This algorithm would be O(log product), while the subtraction algorithm would be O(result).
I agree. Here's the link:
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