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Questions on the Master theorem, a method for obtaining asymptotic bounds on recurrences of a specific form.

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Solve Recurrence T(n) = 4T(n/4) + n*[log(n)]^2

I am trying to solve T(n) = 4*T(n/4) + n*[log(n)]^2 I decided to use Master Theorem so I found a,b=4 and logb(a)=1. I thought that 3rd case is the solution but I ...
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Find matrix local minimum - two analysis which seem to get contradictory runtimes

Suppose you have an $n\times n$ matrix and you want to find a local minimum. To find it you scan the middle row and column and identify a minimum. If it is a local minimum, you're done; if not, you ...
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Asymptotic Analysis of T(n) = 2T(n/8) + 2T(n/4) + n

Given the recurrence $$T(n) = 2T\bigg(\frac{n}{8}\bigg) + 2T\bigg(\frac{n}{4}\bigg) + n$$ My professor says that $T(n)$ is $O(n\log n)$ but I have calculated a complexity of $O(n)$ as shown below with ...
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Solve the recurrence $3T(n) = T(n/3)+ \sqrt{\log n}$

How can you solve the recurrence $$3T(n) = T(n/3)+ \sqrt{\log n}$$ using the master theorem? I am lost in this question.
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Big theta and big 0 bounds for iteration method and Master Theorem

In Algorithms 1, I'm noticing that big-Theta running times are always used for recurrence relations when using the iteration method. Meanwhile, using the Master Theorem always seems to result in a big-...
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Master theorem not applicable because "polynomially" slower

From what I understand the Master Theorem can't be applied when a function is slower or faster but not "polynomially greater or slower" what does polynomially faster or slower mean ?
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Solve the recurrence equation $T\left(n\right)=\sqrt{n}\cdot T\left(\sqrt{n}\right)+c\log n$

I tried to solve the recurrence $T\left(n\right)=\sqrt{n}\cdot T\left(\sqrt{n}\right)+c\log n$ using the Master Theorem. I tried the following way: $n = 2^k$ $2^{\frac{2}{k}}\cdot T\left(2^k\right)+\...
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How to solve $T(n) = 27T(n/9) + n^3$ with substitution method

I'm trying to bound this recurrence with the substitution method. My guess is $O(n^3)$. These are some steps: $$T(n) \leq cn^3 \\ T(n) \leq 27cn^3+n^3$$ How can I continue?
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Regularity condition for cases 1 & 2

My question concerns the version of the Master Theorem described in CLRS and in this handout. I already understand the following: If the regularity condition in case 3 does not hold, then we can't ...
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Why is the time complexity of merge sort with a $\Theta(n^2)$ merge function $\Theta(n^2)$?

The original problem I was solving was what would the time complexity of a merge sort algorithm be, if it used a merge algorithm with complexity $\Theta(n^2)$ instead of $\Theta(n)$. The solution says ...
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How to solve $T(n) = 2T(n/4) + n \log n$ with substitution method?

I am trying to solve this recurrence with substitution method. I guess $T(n) = \Theta(n \log n)$ (with Master Theoreme). Can someone show me how to demonstrate the upper bound $T(n) = O(n \log n)$?
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Why doesn't master theorem solve $T(n) = 2T(n/2) + n\lg\lg n$?

Given two recurrences: $T(n) = 2 T(n/2) + n \lg \lg n$ $T(n) = 4 T(n/2) + n \lg \lg n$ I'd think that both works for master theorem, but the solution is that the first one cannot use masters ...
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How can we get upper bound in terms of Big Oh notation using Master theorem?

The recursion is: T(n) = 5T(n/2) + O(n) I solved for the time complexity using Master theorem and found Θ(n^2). but, the question has asked to find the upper bound ...
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Master Method: Divide and Conquer

According to my evaluation ,the overall asymptotic running time of the below algorithm is O(n) ,since x (number of recursive ...
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recurrence with exponentials

I am trying to figure out on how to approach the problem on finding proving the asymptotic of an exponential recurrence. It is described as such: t(n)=4t(n/2)+2^n with t(1)=1 for n>=5 From what I ...
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Total work done at a recursion tree level

In the proof of Master theorem in Dasgupta's Algorithms the author says that the total work done at a recursion tree level is $$a^k \times O\left(\frac{n}{b^k}\right)^d$$ where $a$ is the branching ...
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What is the asymptotic bound for $T(n)= 3T(\sqrt[3]{n})+n^3$?

What is the asymptotic bound? How do you get to the result? $$T(n)= 3 \cdot T(\sqrt[3]{n})+n^3$$
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How to solve $T(n)=4T(\sqrt{n}/3)+(\log n)^2$ with the master theorem?

Can somebody help me with this recurrence please? $T(n)=4T(\sqrt{n}/3)+(\log n)^2$
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Solving constants in the recursive term with master theorem

We are learning how to solve recurrence relations in different ways (Forward Substitution, Backward Substitution, Master Theorem, etc...). I really thought I understood the topic since most of the ...
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Divide and conquer recurrence relation

I have divide and conquer problem and below is the recurrence relation for it $$\begin{align}t (n) &= a\cdot t (n/4) + O (n^2/\log(n)) + O(n^2)\\ t(n) &= a\cdot t (n/4) + O(n^2) \end{align}$$ ...
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Master's Theorem recurrence

Given recurrence relation $T(n)=8T(n/6)+n \log n$, I get that the running time of the leaves should be $n^{\log_6 8}$ and $f(n)$ should be $n \log n$, but how can I know which one is bigger ?
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How to work out the odd case?

I am trying to solve this by using Substitution method. My solution must work both for even n-s and odd n-s. For evens case I have solved it. But for the odd's case I am stuck at this point. Hot to ...
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Is $n \log n$ in $O(n^{1.46-\varepsilon})$?

I am trying to figure out the solution of the recurrence relation $$T(n) = 5T(n/3) + n \log n$$ using the Master Method. I am guessing that $f(n) = O(n^{1.46 - \varepsilon})$, but I am confused in the ...
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Justifying a claim in the proof of the master theorem

I am trying to understand the proof of the master theorem and I came up with my own proof for why (4.23) is true. My argument is as follows: Claim: $g(n)=O\left(\sum_{i=0}^{\log_{b}(n)-1}a^i(n/b^i)^{\...
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Master theorem: $T(n)=10T(n/9)+n\lg(n)$

I am told to solve the recurrence $$T(n)=10T(n/9)+n\lg(n)$$ using the Master theorem. I then try to use case 3. However, I am unable to show that for $f(n)=n\lg(n)$ then $10f(n/9) \leq cn\lg(n)$ for $...
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Does Master Theorem apply to $T(n) = 4T(n/2) + n^2 \log n$

Based on CLRS Theorem 4.1, master theorem doesn't apply to $T(n) = 4T(n/2) + n^2 \log n$. However, I saw the 4th condition of master theorem on slides of Bourke. If $f(n)=\Theta(n^{\log_ba}\log^kn)$, ...
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Recurrence relations and the Master Theorem

Although it might be a bit of newbie question, my question is, How can I apply the Master theorem to the following relation: T(n) = 99T(n/100) + log(n!) I'm trying ...
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Solving the recurrence $T(n)=T(n-2)+n^2$ with the iterative method

I'm trying to solve this recurrence. I applied the iterative method: $$T(n) = T(n-2)+n^2$$ $$=T(n-4)+(n-2)^2+n^2$$ $$=T(n-6)+(n-4)^2+(n-2)^2+n^2$$ $$\cdot$$$$\cdot$$$$\cdot$$ $$=T(n-2k) + \sum_{i=0}^{...
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How to prove $T(n) = 2T(n/2) + n/\log(n)$ can't be solved using the Master Theorem?

I have read (in this question) that this recursion can't be solved via Master Theorem. But I couldn't find exact and complete proof why the Master Theorem does not apply.
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Solving $T(n) = 4T(n/2) + n^3$ with substituton method

I am trying to solve the following recurrence $T(n) = 4T(n/2) + n^3$ with substitution method. My guess is $T(n) = \Theta (n^3)$ (I used master theorem) and I tried to show that $T(n) \leq cn^3$. But, ...
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Intuition on O(number of leaves) for master theorem

I am trying to develop the intuition of the master theorem for the case where $a > b^{d}$ [Case 3] in this video. In the video, they say that since most of the work is done at the leaves, we should ...
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Solving $T(n)=3T\bigl(\bigl\lfloor \frac{n}{3}\bigr\rfloor\bigr) +2n\log n$ without the Master Theorem

I want to solve $$T(n)=3T\bigl(\bigl\lfloor \frac{n}{3}\bigr\rfloor\bigr) +2n\log n,$$ with base case $T(n) = 1$ if $n \leq 1$. I know that the solution is(with the help of the Master Theorem) $$\...
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Solving $T(n)=3T(\lfloor \frac{n}{3}\rfloor) +2n\log n$

I want to solve $$T(n)=3T\bigl(\bigl\lfloor \frac{n}{3}\bigr\rfloor\bigr) +2n\log n,$$ with base case $T(n) = 1$ if $n \leq 1$. I am sure that the Master Theorem does not work. I am trying a lot with ...
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Solving T(n) = 2*T(n-1)+4 witht the Master Theorem

I am wondering if there is a way to solve a recurrence time function with the master theorem if no $b$ exists. Like in this case. $$ T(n) = 2\times T(n-1)+4$$
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Solving $T(n) = 16T(n/2) + n$

I am trying to solve the following recurrence relation :- $T(n)=16T(n/2)+n$ using masters theorem. I got $\Theta (n^2)$ (Which matched the first case in the theory) which is wrong, any help with this ...
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Solving a recurrence in which $n$ decreases by $\sqrt{2n}$

I'm trying to solve the recurrence $T(n)= 2T(n-\log f(n))+ f(n)$, where $f(n) = 2^{\sqrt{2n}}$, using the master theorem. Which case applies here?
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Solution to T(n) = 2T(n/2) + log n

So my recursive equation is T(n) = 2T(n/2) + log n I used the master theorem and I find that a = 2, b =2 and d = 1. which is case 2. So the solution should be O(n^1 log n) which is O(n log n) I looked ...
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Solving T(n) = 3T(n/3)+sqrt(n) in terms of 𝜃 or O notions using master method [duplicate]

Please help me solve it in terms of Theta or Big O
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Solving $T(n) = 3T(\frac{n}{3})+\sqrt{n}$ using master method

How can I use the master's method in order to solve the recurrence formula $T(n)=3T(\frac{n}{3})+\sqrt{n}$ ?
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Master theorem: what to do with constant in parenthesis?

In analysis of algorithms, we sometimes use the (unsimplified) Master Theorem for recurrence relations. What should be done in the case that there is a constant factor in the numerator following T? $$ ...
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Solve Recurrence for $T(n) = 7T(n/7) + n$

I'm trying to solve the recurrence for $T(n) = 7T(n/7) + n$. I know using Master Theorem it's $O(n\log_7n)$, but I want to solve it by substitution method. At level $i$, I get: $7^i T(n/7^i) + (n+7n+7^...
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Applying Case 3 of Master Theorem to $T(n) = 9T(n/3) + n^3$

Given $T(n) = 9T(n/3) + n^3$, I know that $a =9$, $b=3$, and $f(n) = n^3$ and $n^{\log_{3}9} = n^2$ thus Case 3 applies: $n^{\log_{b}a} < f(n)$, $n^2 < n^3$. Can someone explain how to apply the ...
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Using inductive hypothesis on recurrence relation?

I have a recurrence relation as follows $$T(n) = 2T(\lfloor n/2\rfloor) + n\log(n)$$ Using the induction hypothesis how do I obtain a relation $T(n)\leq E$ such that $E$ contains neither $T$ nor floor ...
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solving recurrence T(n) = T(√n) + theta((lg lg n))

My solution: let m = lg n. Then n = 2^m. T(2^m) = T(2^(m/2)) + theta(lgm). Let S(m) = T(2^m). Then S(m) = S(m/2) + theta(lgm). Applying master theorem, I get m^(lg1) = 1 which is asymptotically ...
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Does $20n$ belong to $O(n^{1-\epsilon})$ for some $\epsilon > 0$?

I am quite new to master theorem and I would like to ask the following question for $$𝑇(𝑛)=4𝑇(𝑛/4)+20𝑛.$$ If there is a constant value like $20n$ does it affect the equation? Would the equation ...
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Proof of inequality $\lceil x \rceil \le x+1$

I went through the Master Theorum extension for floors and ceiling section 4.6.2 in the book Introduction to Algorithms It had the following statement: Using the inequality $\lceil x \rceil \le x+1$ ...
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Clarification of the proof involving the regularity condition in Master Theorem

I was going the text Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et al. Where I came across the following statement in the proof of the third case of the Master's Theorem. (The Statement of Master theorem) ...
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Advanced Master Theorem?

I have learned the Master's Theorem from the CLRS textbook (2nd Edition), the form of the Master Theorem given in the above text is associated with the proof of each and every case. So at the end I ...
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Master Theorem applicable here?

Let $T(n):=\begin{cases} \frac{2+\log n}{1+\text{log}n}t(\lfloor\frac{n}{2}\rfloor) + \log ((n!)^{\log n}) & \text{if }n>1 \\ 1 & \text{if }n=1 \end{cases}$ I need to prove that $t(n) \in ...
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Proving van Emde Boas recurrence

I have tried to solve the following question: van Emde Boas Bounds Show that $T(u) = T(\sqrt{u}) + O(1)$ has the solution $T(u) = O(\log\log u)$. Hint: consider the binary representation of $u$. ...
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