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# Implementing the division operator

Hi,

Is there anyway I can implement division in C without using the '/'
operator? Can I use bit aritmetic or such?

Thanks,
Sri

May 1 '06 #1
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Sri schrieb:
Is there anyway I can implement division in C without using the '/'
operator?
Yes:

int divide (int dividend, int divisor)
{
int sign = 1;
int result = 0;
if (dividend == 0)
return 0;
else if (dividend > 0) {
sign *= -1;
dividend *= -1;
}
if (divisor == 0) {
/* handle error */
}
else if (divisor > 0) {
sign *= -1;
divisor *= -1;
}
while (dividend < 0) {
dividend -= divisor;
++result;
}
return result;
}
Can I use bit aritmetic or such?

If you want to.

If this is a homework assignment or similar, please state so.

Cheers
Michael
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May 1 '06 #2
"Sri" writes:
Is there anyway I can implement division in C without using the '/'
operator? Can I use bit aritmetic or such?

Yes, you could use repeated subtraction, which is what division is really
about. You could be even more obscure and use bitwise operations if you
wished.
May 1 '06 #3
Thanks Michael. This is *not* a *homework* assignment. This was shot at
me by a friend and it was picking my brain.

May 1 '06 #4
Can't we be more efficient? If I were to divide 100,000 by 2, it will
make 50,000 iterations of the while loop!

- Sri

May 1 '06 #5
Can't we do better than repeated subtraction? Could we say
powf(10, (log(dividend) - log(divisor));

May 1 '06 #6
"Sri" writes:
Can't we do better than repeated subtraction? Could we say
powf(10, (log(dividend) - log(divisor));

Please use Usenet protocol and quote the message to which you referring.
The people at Google have invented their own perverse, poorly thought out,
method and tried to superimpose it on Usenet.
May 1 '06 #7
Sri wrote:
Can't we be more efficient? If I were to divide 100,000 by 2, it will
make 50,000 iterations of the while loop!

Sure, you can use the normal bit-per-cycle algorithm using shift,
compare, and subtract. You have to be careful to avoid overflows.

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May 1 '06 #8
I was referring to this:

"Yes, you could use repeated subtraction, which is what division is
really
about. You could be even more obscure and use bitwise operations if
you
wished. "
Please use Usenet protocol and quote the message to which you referring.
The people at Google have invented their own perverse, poorly thought out,
method and tried to superimpose it on Usenet.

May 1 '06 #9
Sri wrote:
I was referring to this:

"Yes, you could use repeated subtraction, which is what division is
really
about. You could be even more obscure and use bitwise operations if
you
wished. "
Please use Usenet protocol and quote the message to which you referring.
The people at Google have invented their own perverse, poorly thought out,
method and tried to superimpose it on Usenet.

And do try not to top-post.

There really are few rules on USENET.
May 1 '06 #10
Sri wrote:

Can't we be more efficient? If I were to divide 100,000 by 2, it will
make 50,000 iterations of the while loop!

unsigned fs_div(unsigned x, unsigned y)
{
unsigned a, b, q, counter;

q = 0;
if (y != 0) {
while (x >= y) {
a = x >> 1;
b = y;
counter = 1;
while (a >= b) {
b <<= 1;
counter <<= 1;
}
x -= b;
q += counter;
}
}
return q;
}

--
pete
May 1 '06 #11
Sri wrote:
Can't we be more efficient? If I were to divide 100,000 by 2, it will
make 50,000 iterations of the while loop!

See below.

Brian
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May 1 '06 #12
Will do so....Thanks!

Default User wrote:
Sri wrote:
Can't we be more efficient? If I were to divide 100,000 by 2, it will
make 50,000 iterations of the while loop!

See below.

Brian
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May 1 '06 #13
Thanks pete!

pete wrote:
Sri wrote:

Can't we be more efficient? If I were to divide 100,000 by 2, it will
make 50,000 iterations of the while loop!

unsigned fs_div(unsigned x, unsigned y)
{
unsigned a, b, q, counter;

q = 0;
if (y != 0) {
while (x >= y) {
a = x >> 1;
b = y;
counter = 1;
while (a >= b) {
b <<= 1;
counter <<= 1;
}
x -= b;
q += counter;
}
}
return q;
}

--
pete

May 2 '06 #14

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