# Linked Questions

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### Complexity of an algorithm with multiple inputs [duplicate]

I've just started reading about the complexity of algorithms, but everywhere I look, it is only defined for one input $n$. For example an algorithm is cubic if its complexity is $O(n^3)$. But what ...
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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 meaning of $O(m+n)$?

This is a basic question, but I'm thinking that $O(m+n)$ is the same as $O(\max(m,n))$, since the larger term should dominate as we go to infinity? Also, that would be different from $O(\min(m,n))$. ...
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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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### Can we test whether two vertices are connected in time linear in the number of nodes?

Consider the problem: Given an undirected graph and two of its vertices, is there a path between them? I often read that this problem can be solved in linear time in the number of vertices! I am ...
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### Time complexity based on two variables

Suppose we have a function based on two inputs of length $m,n$. Therefore the time complexity of the function is calculated by $T(m,n)$. Suppose that we have: $T(m,c)\in O(m^2)$ for any constant $c$. ...
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### Does this program have a runtime of O(N) or O(n*m)

This question is similar to, but distinct from this one, in that I am considering a specific case that demonstrates an apparent inconsistency in how I see Big-O notation used. I would like to be sure ...
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### Can the following O(…) expression be simplified?

I have an algorithm with three variables affecting the time complexity: $k$, $L$, and $n$. I have come up with the following that expresses the complexity: $O(kn + k^2L + k^2nL + knL)$ I think I ...
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### Interpretation of an asymptotic notation

Assume that we measure the complexity of an algorithm (for some problem) by two parameters $n$ and $m$ (where $m \le n$). What is the formal interpretation of the following claim: there is no ...