# GATE1999-1.16

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If $n$ is a power of $2$, then the minimum number of multiplications needed to compute $a^n$ is

1. $\log_2 n$
2. $\sqrt n$
3. $n-1$
4. $n$

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$a^8=a*a*a*a*a*a*a*a$

First compute this pair: $\underbrace{a*a}*a*a*a*a*a*a$

Let the result be $x$.

Re-write the equation: $x*x*x*x$

Repeat what you did above. $\underbrace{x*x}*x*x$

Let this result be $y$

Re write: $y*y$

Multiply just this.

Total multiplications needed = 3.
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Notice the way of framing similar question: https://gateoverflow.in/3450/gate2007-it-17

a. $\log n$

$a^n = (a^2)^{\frac{n}{2}}$.

One multiplication and recurrence on $\frac{n}{2}$. So, we get the recurrence relation for the number of multiplications as

$T(n) = T(n/2) + 1$.

This gives $T(n) = \log_2 n$

For n = 8, we can do

$b = a \times a$

$b = b\times b$

$b = b\times b$ and we get $b = a^8$

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Using Recurrence:

$a^n = a^{\frac{n}{2}}.a^{\frac{n}{2}}$
(here n is in a power of 2, so we would never have a fraction, each time when we divide n with 2.)

Here once we solve $a^{\frac{n}{2}}$, then we need one more multiplication that is multiplying $a^{\frac{n}{2}}$ to itself.

Hence recurrence:
T(n) = T$(\frac{n}{2})$+1.
Option 1 satisfies this.
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n is a power of 2 .

So, $a_{n}$ could be $\left (2^{x} \right )^{n}$

Now, if we think $\left (2^{x} \right )^{n}$=$2^{m}$

Now,

$T\left ( 2^{m} \right )=T\left (2 ^{\frac{m}{2}} \right )+1$

Now, applying master 2nd theorem , answer is Option (A)

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@Sachin Mittal 1 Sir if the question had "If n is a power of 3" then will the recurrence relation be:

T(n)= T(n/3) + 2 ?

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I think it will work.

let n = 2^k

a^n = a^(2^k) = (a^2)^k

total multiplications = k-1 + 1(for a^2) = k = logn
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Suppose a=2 k=3 ... So $2^{(2^{3})}$ = $2^{8}$ = 256

and  $(2^{2})^{3}$ = $4^{3}$ = 64 .... is it ok according to ur a^(2^k) = (a^2)^k ??
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a^(2^k) = (a^2)^k

It is wrong.

For k=3,

a^(2^k) = a^(2^3) = a^8

and

(a^2)^k = (a^2)^3 = a^6

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Let's take $a^{n}$ = $2^{8}$  for simplicity.

now max. no of multiplication required is = 2X2X2X2X2X2X2X2 = 256    5 multiplications or we can say (n-1) multiplications.

min. no of multiplications required = 2X2=4

=$2^{2}$X$2^{2}$=16

=$2^{4}$X$2^{4}$=256      Log n  multiplications.

We are multiplying the result of one multiplication to itself and again doing the same, that reduces the no. of multiplications required.

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Best and Simple Answer !

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