# Scala algorithm: Add numbers without using addition (plus sign)

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## Algorithm goal

Add two numbers without using addition (+ sign). Can be done with bitwise operations.

For example, 5 + 3 is 8; in binary it is 101 + 011 = 1000.

## Algorithm in Scala

20 lines of Scala (compatible versions 2.13 & 3.0), showing how concise Scala can be!

## Explanation

Recommended to draw out a table of additions: from the table you learn that binary addition uses the same principles of carrying a number when the base (in this case 2) is exceeded (eg 0b1 + 0b1 = 0b10, and 0b11 + 0b01 = 0b10 + 0b10 = 0b100).

The key tasks here are to add up the number bit-wise, while considering the possibility of a carry-number. (this is Â© from www.scala-algorithms.com)

## Scala concepts & Hints

1. ### Def Inside Def

A great aspect of Scala is being able to declare functions inside functions, making it possible to reduce repetition.

``````def exampleDef(input: String): String = {
def surroundInputWith(char: Char): String = s"\$char\$input\$char"
surroundInputWith('-')
}

assert(exampleDef("test") == "-test-")
``````

It is also frequently used in combination with Tail Recursion.

2. ### Stack Safety

Stack safety is present where a function cannot crash due to overflowing the limit of number of recursive calls.

This function will work for n = 5, but will not work for n = 2000 (crash with java.lang.StackOverflowError) - however there is a way to fix it :-)

In Scala Algorithms, we try to write the algorithms in a stack-safe way, where possible, so that when you use the algorithms, they will not crash on large inputs. However, stack-safe implementations are often more complex, and in some cases, overly complex, for the task at hand.

``````def sum(from: Int, until: Int): Int =
if (from == until) until else from + sum(from + 1, until)

def thisWillSucceed: Int = sum(1, 5)

def thisWillFail: Int = sum(1, 300)
``````
3. ### Tail Recursion

In Scala, tail recursion enables you to rewrite a mutable structure such as a while-loop, into an immutable algorithm.

``````def fibonacci(n: Int): Int = {
@scala.annotation.tailrec
def go(i: Int, previous: Int, beforePrevious: Int): Int =
if (i >= n) previous else go(i + 1, previous + beforePrevious, previous)

go(i = 1, previous = 1, beforePrevious = 0)
}

assert(fibonacci(8) == 21)
``````

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