Suppose we have 3 algorithms complexity times at the worst case:

  • A = $O(nlogn)$
  • B = $O(n\sqrt{n})$
  • C = $\Theta(n)$

In my opinion, it is not possible to define the best solution, since we don't know how Cgrows. I'd like to confirm if that's correct.

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    $\begingroup$ How do you define the best? The asymptotic best is clear one. Maybe you have some constraints or size input in mind, where hidden C does matter? $\endgroup$
    – Evil
    Apr 27, 2019 at 21:25

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Well, we know how the algorithm C running time grows - it's linear, and it's two-side (lower and upper) bound.

However there is still not enough information to choose the best (meaning: fastest in practice) algorithm here, because:

  • We know only upper bounds for algorithms A and B - they might be more efficient than C actually, we just don't know that yet.
  • We don't know constants, hidden in the $\Theta$ bounds - they might make the algorithm C less practical than A or B for limited problem size.

Using the given information we can say only that for some sufficiently large problem size the algorithm C might win over algorithms A and B.


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