# Booth algorithm for multiplying signed numbers

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In summary, we are discussing the Booth algorithm for multiplying signed numbers of fixed complement representation decimal point by 2. We are considering the algebraic expressions for $N = 3$ and $N = 4$ and applying them to find the possible combinations of digits and determine the necessary operations for each iteration. Before the algorithm can begin, it needs to know the number of bits and the sign of the given numbers. For $N = 1$ and $N = 2$, we need to construct a table with 16 rows and use improved material with single registrant Product / Multiple. This procedure is repeated for $N = 3$ and $N = 4$ using the relations derived for those values.
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The algorithm of the Booth for multiplying signed numbersrs of fixed complement representation decimal point by 2 is implemented by multi-consecutive digit stain control of the multiplier, so after each test the algorithm proceeds by $N$ digits (e.g. for $3$-bit control step $N$ is equal to $2$)

a) Starting with the algebraic expression of the value of a given number and transforming it accordingly, find the relations from which the Booth algorithm for $N = 3$ and $N = 4$ is derived. So, once you find their form, apply the relations for the possible combinations of digits and determine for each of the two cases what operations must be done in each iteration, based on the possible values of the digits of the multiplier.

b) What kind of work do algorithms need before their first act, and what does that tell you about the practical implementation of Booth's algorithm for $N\geq 3$?

c) Test in principle Booth for $N = 1$ and $N = 2$ in the two digits of 16 bits $X=0111001010011001$ and $Y=1010011100101101$, for a constant-expansion multiplication unit with successive prostheses and slides that performs the $X \times Y$, where $X$ is multiplicand and $Y$ the multiplier, by constructing a table with the values of the units at each stage of the operation. The unit shall be based on improved material with the single registrant Product / Multiple, and with the minimum range as possible.

d) Repeat for the two new cases $N = 3$ and $N = 4$.
I am trying to understand how Booth algorithm works but I am facing some problems.

I found the below diagram :

But what relation is it asked for at question (a) ? The relation that is also shown in the diagram just for a specific $N$ ?

For (b), I assume the algorithms need to know the number of bits in the given numbers and the sign of the numbers before they can start their work. For (c), I assume that for $N = 1$ and $N = 2$ we need to construct a table with 16 rows, where $X$ and $Y$ are the multiplicand and multiplier respectively and the columns will contain the values of the units at each stage of the operation. For (d), I assume that we need to use the same procedure as in (c), but with the relations derived from (a) for $N = 3$ and $N = 4$.

## What is the Booth algorithm for multiplying signed numbers?

The Booth algorithm is a multiplication algorithm used for signed numbers in binary form. It was developed by Andrew Donald Booth in 1951 and is commonly used in digital signal processing and computer arithmetic.

## How does the Booth algorithm work?

The Booth algorithm works by breaking down the multiplication of two signed numbers into a series of shifts, additions, and subtractions. It takes advantage of the fact that certain patterns of bits in the multiplier can be used to simplify the calculation.

## What are the advantages of using the Booth algorithm?

The Booth algorithm has several advantages over other multiplication algorithms, including reducing the number of partial products that need to be calculated, resulting in fewer operations and a faster calculation. It also requires less hardware and is more efficient for large numbers.

## What are the limitations of the Booth algorithm?

One limitation of the Booth algorithm is that it is only applicable for signed numbers in binary form. It also requires additional hardware and operations for handling negative numbers, which can make it less efficient for smaller numbers.

## How is the Booth algorithm implemented in computers?

The Booth algorithm is typically implemented using hardware circuits or software algorithms. In hardware, it can be implemented using shifters, adders, and subtractors. In software, it can be implemented using logical operations and conditional statements to mimic the hardware implementation.

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