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'Divide by 10'
1996\05\29@140451 by fastfwd

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Dudes:

The following is from Pete Brink (spam_OUTpete.brinkTakeThisOuTspammicrochip.com), who is
having trouble posting directly to the list:


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Here was my answer to the divide by 10 problem.  It's kind of based
upon how floating point format works, successive divisions by
multiples of two to approximate a multiply.

One solution would be to perform a conversion to a multiple of 16.
That is, (1.6 * X) / 16.  The operation can be done entirely with
shifts and adds.  As a quick approximation I came up with:

(X + (X >> 1) + (X >> 4) + (X >> 5)) >> 4 = X / 10.

This calculation yields (1.59375 * X) / 16 (0.3% error).  You can get
even closer with more shifting, but it rapidly becomes more costly
than a look-up table in run-time processing.

Pete

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Andrew Warren - .....fastfwdKILLspamspam@spam@ix.netcom.com
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