Master's theorem is shown below,

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The recursive function to be solved is shown below,

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I understand that a refers to the number of recursive calls in this function (3 in this case). b refers to what the input size is being divided by in each recursive call. Which I believe should be 4. d refers to the overhead of each recursive call, which should be 1.

So we have:

a = 3
b = 4...?
d = 1

The problem is, b apparently doesn't equal 4.

Now the actual answer shows that the answer is:

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Which seems incorrect, since given the Master's Theorem, I don't see how n is being subtracted by a constant.

Thank you for your help.


1 Answer 1


Since n refers to "the length in bits of x", you should translate n with the binary log of x, and (n-2) with the binary log of x/4.

Hope it helps.

  • $\begingroup$ Great! Can't believe I missed that! $\endgroup$
    – Kyra Westwood
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 11:00

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