This program can multiply very large numbers--potentially thousands of digits. The C++ integer data type cannot hold very large numbers, so to make the multiplication possible I used a vector of integers to store the numbers. I implemented two algorithms with this program: a brute force styled algorithm written by me and the Karatsuba algorithm. I also created helper methods that could add and subtract vectors of integers and return a vector to be used with the two algorithms.
Installation and Use
You can run this program on any computer or virtual machine with a Linux kernel. In the command prompt navigate to the folder where the program was downloaded and type:
g++ -Wall -std=c++11 largeNumberMultiplication.cpp
This will compile the code so it is executable. The default name for the executable file will be a.out so you can type ./a.out to run the program. You will see a cursor running and will be able to input two numbers in the form of x*y. This programming does not check for valid input so you will need to type the input with no spaces or non-integer character and ensuring the multiplication sign is in the middle. The input should be entered with the larger number on the left side.
The B shows the brute force algorithm, while the K shows the Karatsuba algorithm. They are two different styles of solving the same problem and will have the same answer.