12 questions linked to/from Sums of Landau terms revisited
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### how to interpret O(1) + O(2) + ... + O(n)? [duplicate]

in the book "Introduction to algorithms"(CLRS) page 49 it says: "The number of anonymous functions in an expression is understood to be equal to the number of times the asymptotic notation ...
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### Solving or approximating recurrence relations for sequences of numbers

In computer science, we have often have to solve recurrence relations, that is find a closed form for a recursively defined sequence of numbers. When considering runtimes, we are often interested ...
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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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### What is the asymptotic runtime of this nested loop? [duplicate]

I am trying to analyse the runtime of this algorithm: for(i=1; i < n; i++){ for(j=1; j <= i; j++){ statement1; } } Expanding the ...
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### What goes wrong with sums of Landau terms?

I wrote $\qquad \displaystyle \sum\limits_{i=1}^n \frac{1}{i} = \sum\limits_{i=1}^n \cal{O}(1) = \cal{O}(n)$ but my friend says this is wrong. From the TCS cheat sheet I know that the sum is also ...
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### Is $n$ times $O(1)$ equivalent to $O(n)$? [duplicate]

I am having a hard time figuring out if $$\sum^n_{i=0} O(1) =O(n)\,.$$ I think it doesn't but I am unable to find a convincing explanation for that, does anyone have an intuitive yet mathematical ...
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### Why doesn't $O(1)+O(2)+\cdots+O(n)$ have an interpretation?

In CLRS (on pages 49-50), what is the meaning of the following statement: $\Sigma_{i=1}^{n} O(i)$ is only a single anonymous function (of $i$), but is not the same as $O(1)+O(2)+\cdots+O(n)$, which ...
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### Why is Heapsort in O(n log n) if not all n operations take time log n?

let's consider that we already have constructed heap array. so from this, when we do heap sort, the number of elements that have to be sorted decreased. I mean heap decrease.(which also means heap ...
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### Asymptotic analysis of a summation

I was calculating the time complexity of one of the phases of my proposed algorithm, but unfortunately, I faced a problem about solving that and providing an understandable running-time. This phase of ...
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### How does O transform this sum like that?

I'm in the process of self-studying the CLRS book. My mathematical background is poor so I'm trying to learn the maths as I go along too. I don't understand the math in CLRS section 6.4 where they go ...
### Why does $\sum\limits_{i=0}^{\lg(n)-1} \theta(\frac{n}{2^i}) = \theta(n\lg(n))$?
The equation below is intuitively correct, but how do you show that this is actually the case? What is the working out needed? $$\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}O(\lg n)=O(n\lg n)$$