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How to state that a complexity bound does not depend on a given parameter size?

I am often ill at ease with Landau (Big O) notation, because it seems often to be abusing mathematical notation. The best example is the use of the equal sign to express a set membership. And this can ...
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Is the logarithm of $\aleph_0$ infinite? [migrated]

In classical mathematics $2^{\aleph_0}=\aleph_1$, right? So if $2^x=\aleph_0$, what does $x$ equal? In other words, can we define a logarithm for $\aleph_0$, and what should it be. Is it infinite? ...
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Can I use ellipses in first order logic

I ask, because I have to come up with a first-order logic sentence that shows that there are exactly N objects in the universe. What I've been able to come up with is: $$ \forall x \; \exists y_1, ...
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type theory notation troubles

I'm working through "Types and Programming Languages" by Benjamin Pierce and I don't quite understand the notation. Particularly on Page 106, (chapter 9 Simply Typed Lambda-Calculus) there is a lemma ...
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Is there a generally agreed short notation for “a points to b”

Is there a conventional symbol for "points to" or "is a pointer to". I've been using a short right arrow; for example "a is a pointer to b" would be (approximately) ...
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What does does $O$ mean in this context?

I understand big O notation in computational complexity theory, but I don't see how it applies in the equation below. From Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning: If we weren't familiar with ...
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Differences in Postfix Syntax

A question about postfix/RPN came up in my class due to the current ACSL competition. Is it a rule or convention that 4 + (5 * 6) in infix is written 4 5 6 * + in postfix, as opposed to 5 6 * 4 + in ...
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Turing Machine notation

I'm a bit confused on some of the notation being used for turing machines in one of our exercises in class. The question gives us a string $\alpha \in \{0,1\}$* and the function ...
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What is meant by the notation $L(…)$?

I am currently studying about formal languages and automata. I am trying to solve a problem but there is a notation whose meaning I'm not sure of. I have a question to find out the relationship ...
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What is a conventional format for presenting algorithms?

I'm writing a technical paper and the review committee wants my methodology to be represented in a conventional algorithm format. I've been searching all over the web for the conventional structure ...
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Hierarchy of complexity classes $\bigcup_{c > 0} \mathrm{Time}(2^{c \log^k n})$, w.r.t. $k$

This is a true/false question: For each integer $k > 1$, define the complexity class $\sf QP_k := \bigcup_{c > 0} Time(2^{c \log^k n})$. Then for all integers $k > 1$, $\sf QP_k ...
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Determining Number of States in a Turing Machine

I am looking at an example Turing machine in my textbook, Automata and Computability by Dexter C. Kozen, and I'm confused as to how they determine the number of states this particular machine has. ...
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Principles of Programming Languages: Understanding Judgements

I am taking a principles of programming languages class right now and am trying to understand the following judgement form. ...
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Use of Big O Notation in a recent paper by Khot et al

I'm reading a paper about Constraint Satisfaction Problems, specifically "A Characterization of Strong Approximation Resistance", Subhash Khot, Madhur Tulsiani, Pratik Worah (ECCC TR13-075). The ...
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Can a Big-Oh time complexity contain more than one variable?

Let us say for instance I am doing string processing that requires some analysis of two strings. I have no given information about what their lengths might end up being, so they come from two distinct ...
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Origins of misconception about using equality signs with Landau notation

From "Misconception 1" from Søren S. Pedersen's blog, and as many have seen before, a major misconception in Big-O (and others) notation is to say a function is "equal" to Big-O of some other ...
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What does superscript + mean in relational algebra?

What does superscript + mean in relational algebra? Suppose $A$ is a subset of attributes of all attributes in a relation $R$. What does $A^+$ mean?
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In type systems, is there a name for SQL's way of cutting and combining record types into new types?

I'd like to have this feature in my application programming language (which these days, is Scala), but when I went to learn more about it on the internets, I realized I don't know the name of it. I'm ...
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Notation for average case complexity of an algorithm

I'm just wondering what the correct notation is when referring to an average case complexity of an algorithm that was calculated by doing empirical analysis. For example, I have tested my algorithm ...
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What are these notations O(1)/O(n)/O(log n)? [duplicate]

I am a newbie here I recently read tutorials on java about collection framework. The time complexity of various objects in reading/writing data What does it mean? ...
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Correct mapping “update” notation for computer science papers

A nice easy one. I'm interested to know the most standard and accepted way to denote the update of a mapping in the context of a theoretical computer science paper. By example, suppose we have a ...
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What does the R superscript notation mean in regular/formal languages?

What does the capital R superscript notation mean in regular languages? I am working on a homework assignment and don't recall my professor mentioning what the what the R superscript means. For ...
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What type of formal notation is being used here to represent functional algorithms?

Interested in learning more about algorithm design in functional programming, I picked up Andrew Bird's Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design. I have experience with a number of programming ...
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Numeral systems other than unary used in nature or in animal and human behaviours

Representing numeric values using positional notation is one of the milestones in the history of arithmetic. Babylons used a base 60 system, Maya a base 20 system; base 10 system became "the standard" ...