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Is there a system behind the magic of algorithm analysis?

There are lots of questions about how to analyze the running time of algorithms (see, e.g., runtime-analysis and algorithm-analysis). Many are similar, for instance those asking for a cost analysis ...
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Determining Big O [duplicate]

i<--2 while (i<n) someWork (...) i <-- power (i,2) done Given that someWork(...) is an O(n) algorithm, what is the worst case ...
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How to get an O(n) for a search algorithm [duplicate]

Given an two sorted arrays X and Y, both of size n. Determine if there is an element x of X and an element y of Y such that x = 3y. The algorithm needs to run in linear time in the worst case. At the ...
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Analysis of Algorithms: Applying Concepts [duplicate]

I believe I understand the concepts of algorithm analysis. However, I'm not fully confident in applying those concepts. I'd appreciate help in bridging the gap between concept and application. I ...
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What exactly is bigO notation? [duplicate]

I've heard of bigO notation but I don't really understand how do I determine it for my code and what exactly does it represent? I heard that there are two: RunTime Memory Complexity How can I learn ...
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How to calculate Complexity Time O()? [duplicate]

Can anybody give me a way that i can use to calculate Complexity Time problems, i mean a way that will work on any complex code whatever it was. I can solve basic problems, but whenever the problem ...
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How does one know which notation of time complexity analysis to use?

In most introductory algorithm classes, notations like $O$ (Big O) and $\Theta$ are introduced, and a student would typically learn to use one of these to find the time complexity. However, there are ...
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Time complexity of a backtrack algorithm

I've developed the following backtrack algorithm, and I'm trying to find out it time complexity. A set of $K$ integers defines a set of modular distances between all pairs of them. In this algorithm, ...
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How is the complexity of recursive algorithms calculated and do they admit better complexity than non-recursive algorithms?

How are asymptotical time complexities calculated for recursive algorithms? Recursive algorithms call themselves and therefore take up more space compared to non-recursive algorithms. But are they ...
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How to prove that $n(\log_3(n))^5 = O(n^{1.2})$?

This a homework question from Udi Manber's book. Any hint would be nice :) I must show that: $n(\log_3(n))^5 = O(n^{1.2})$ I tried using Theorem 3.1 of book: $f(n)^c = O(a^{f(n)})$ (for $c >...
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how to calculate time complexity of non terminating loops

I'm studying about data structures and algorithms in that Time complexity and calculating time complexity of the programs. I just wondered that how to calculate time complexity of non terminating ...
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Proving Quicksort has a worst case of O(n²)

I am sorting the following list of numbers which is in descending order. I am using QuickSort to sort and it is known that the worst case running time of QuickSort is $O(n^2)$ ...
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Using software to calculate the complexity of an algorithm

I am somewhat a beginner, and I have often seen complexity being calculated for various algorithms but they never actually gave me a very clear idea about how it is done. Can someone please point some ...
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What is running time of an algorithm?

What do we mean by running time of algorithms? when we say running time of bubble sort is O($n^2$), what are we implying? Is it possible to find the approximate time in minutes/seconds from the ...
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Worst case time complexity of heap sort

I was learning about heaps, and came to know that the worst case time complexity of heap sort is Ω(n lg n). I am having a hard time grasping this. My reasoning is as follows: ...
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