Mitchell Approximation

A method of computer multiplication and division is proposed which uses binary logarithms. The logarithm of a binary number may be determined approximately from the number itself by simple shifting and counting. A simple add or subtract and shift operation is all that is required to multiply or divide.


int main() {
    float a = 12.3f;
    float b = 4.56f;
    int c = *(int*)&a + *(int*)&b - 0x3f800000;
    printf("Approximate result:%f\n", *(float*)&c);
    printf("Accurate result:%f\n", a * b);
    return 0;