Russian peasant multiplication algorithm


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Russian peasant multiplication is an interesting way to multiply numbers that uses a process of halving and doubling without using multiplication operator. The idea is to double the first number and halve the second number repeatedly till the second number does not become 1. In the process, whenever the second number become odd, we add the first number to result.

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This algorithm works on the bitwise level and hence, utilizes bitwise operators to multiply two numbers. The time complexity of the Russian Peasant Multiplication algorithm is O(log N).

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