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Questions about methods for estimating the increase in runtime of an algorithm as the input size increases.

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What is the time complexity of this “reverse words” algorithm?

I had to write an algorithm that, given the input ['d', 'r', 'a', 'h', ' ', 's', 'i', ' ', 's', 'c'] would return ...
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Analysing worst-case time complexity of quick-sort in different cases

I am trying to understand worst case time complexity of quick-sort for various pivots. Here is what I came across: When array is already sorted in either ascending order or descending order and we ...
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How to calculate complexity/run timr [closed]

Can anyone help me out with this problem? Very new to the subject. (https://i.stack.imgur.com/zUlPp.png)
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If I walk through list and delete every out-of-order element I come across, on average how many elements will be left?

I have a uniformly randomly permuted list of length $n$. I walk through the list element-by-element, and delete an element if it's out-of-order (compared to the previous in-order elements of the list)....
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What is an $O(n \log(n))$ binary sorting algorithm with a guaranteed low scaling constant on the run-time?

Let $O_c(f(n))$ denote that $c$ is the scaling constant for the run-time (e.g. $\text{run time} \leq c\cdot f(n) + B$ if $n$ is large enough) The absolute lower limit on the run-time for a binary ...
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Why is the run time with a loop of this structure considered O(log n)

I used the search function and a good amount of google searches, but wasn't able to get a straight answer on how a loop of the form below, is translated to a proper summation where the function ...
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Hypothetical Situation for sorting in $O(n)$ using median finding machine that works in $O(\sqrt{n})$

In a hypothetical world, we have a machine that can find median of $n$ numbers in $O(\sqrt{n})$. (Of course this machine is not real). Can we use this machine to sort an array in $O(n)$? I don'...
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What's the decoding time complexity of LT codes?

LT codes are practical fountain codes that are near-optimal erasure correcting codes. Simply stated, for encoding a $n$-block message, each packet first chooses a degree $d\in\{1,\ldots,n\}$ ...
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Create a binary search tree from a sorted array: Space complexity reasoning

Here is the Python code. The solution is fairly common and is seen in most textbooks like 'Cracking the Coding Interview' and 'Element of Programming Interviews'. ...
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Which function grows faster: N Log N or N^(1+ε/√(log N)) [duplicate]

How would you go about solving this problem? I thought about using a limit infinity approach, but got confused and Wolfram Alpha didn't provide any explanation.
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Understanding $O(2^n)$ time complexity due to recursive functions

Consider the following binary recursive fibonassi program: ...
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Analyzing time complexity of solution in tutorial

Could someone explain time complexity of solution of in this tutorial? I'm having hard time figuring out, how asymptotic bounds for first solution is $O(3^k k)$. What I figured so far is, for ...
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Complexity of cyclic sort

I have this algorithm ("cyclic sort") to sort an array which contains unique numbers from 1 to $n$: ...
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How memory controller reads from RAM with O(1) time complexity?

I am trying to understand how a RAM memory controller gets data with instant access while reading through the memory. Let's say initially, ram gets the data at address 0 and then to get the data at ...
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How do I analyze Mergesort that uses Insertion Sort for small inputs?

I know that Insertion Sort is faster when size $N$ is a small number, hence by modifying Merge Sort to use Insertion Sort when size $N$ reaches $K$, can help improve the performance. How do I ...
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runtime to a BFS flood-fill with multiple centres?

If we have a flood fill algorithm which, given a number of centres reprenting pixels on an image, runs a BFS flood-fill on them, checking the pixels 4 neighbours, changing their colours and adding ...
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Simulating Boolean Circuit with RAM

Statement: Every $T(n)$ size bounded Boolean circuit family, could be simulated with $(T(n))^2$ time bounded Random Access Turing Machine (RAM). Could you please supply me with a reference to an ...
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Recursion Time Complexity (Half n' Half)

This is my solution for Leetcode 395, and I'm wondering how I can come up with its time complexity: Input: string $s = s_1,\ldots,s_n$, integer $k$ Go over all symbols $s_1,\ldots,s_n$, one by one ...
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Upper bound for runtime complexity of LOOP programs

Recently I learned about LOOP programs, which always terminate and have the same computational power as primitive recursive functions. Furthermore primitve recursive functions can (as far as I ...
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Time Complexity analysis for Map-Reduce model

I am trying to redesign my algorithm to run on Hadoop/MapReduce paradigm. I was wondering if there is any holistic approach for measuring time complexity for algorithms on Big Data platforms. As a ...
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Ideal time complexity in analysis of distributed protocol

I need some explanation about the definition of ideal time complexity. My textbook says: The ideal execution delay or ideal time complexity, T: the execution delay experienced under the ...
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Smoothed analysis of the Partition problem

I am studying smoothed analysis and trying to apply it to the Partition decision problem: given $n$ real numbers with a sum of $2 S$, decide whether there exists a subset with a sum of exactly $S$. ...
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Why is $T(n)=3T(n/4) + n\log n$ solvable with Master Method but $T(n)=2T(n/2) + n\log n$ is not?

I am having difficulties in understanding why the recurrence $$T(n)=3T(n/4) + n\log n$$ is solvable with Master Method but $$T(n)=2T(n/2) + n\log n$$ isn't? Despite they both look very similar ...
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Runtime analysis of prime-set computation

I want to find the all primes between 2 and $k-1$. We can come up with an $O(k\log k)$ running time algorithm. I want to compute this set in $O(k)$ running time. For this algorithm is : we are ...
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algorithm analysis - complex dependant nested loop

First of all, I know there are many questions like this on the site. But I think this case is a bit different. Consider the following code: ...
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How many comparisons in the worst case, does it take to merge 3 sorted lists of size n/3?

How many comparisons in the worst case, does it take to merge 3 sorted lists of size n/3? (where n is a power of 3) I was told it takes: $$2(n-2) + 1 = 2n-3$$ However, I can't seem to figure out ...
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Time complexity of finding a node with no incoming edges in a DAG: O(n) or O(m+n)

I'm reading Algorithm Design by Jon Kleinberg. In section 3.6, in order to compute the topological ordering of a DAG, one first finds a root node in this DAG, then deletes it from the DAG. The author ...
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Worst case runtime for binary search

The run time of binary search is O(log(n)). log(8) = 3 It takes 3 comparisons to decide if an array of 8 elements contains a given element. It takes 4 comparisons in the example below. python2.7 <...
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In Big-O notation, what does it mean for T(n) to be upper bounded by something

I do not have much experience in mathematics but I would really like to grasp Big-O notation on its mathematical level. I already read What does the "big O complexity" of a function mean? ...
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Given a set of sets, find the magnitude (number of elements) of the smallest set containing at least one element from each set

I know that the hitting problem is NP hard, but is it possible to find the magnitude of the smallest set? Also, provide the runtime.
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Is it possible to determine if 2 arrays contain the same elements (ignoring duplicates) in faster than O(n log n) time?

So given 2 arrays of equal length, is it possible to determine whether the 2 arrays contain the same elements (ignoring duplicates and where those elements have a total order relation) with time ...
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Time Complexity for Nearest Neighbor Searches in kd-trees

Nearest neighbor searches in kd-trees run in logarithmic time, as shown by Friedman et al. However, I have some difficulty to fully understand the proof. In order to calculate the average number of ...
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sequence of insert and delete operation in (2,3)-tree

I need help by understanding a theorem and its proof from a script. It says "There is a sequence of $n$ insert and delete operations in a (2,3)-tree that require $\Omega ($n log n$)$ many split and ...
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Time complexity of kruskal using array data structure

I was going through MST(minimum spanning tree) algorithms in a given undirected graph. By using the disjoint data structure It is fairly easy. All I have to do follow these steps: Sort the edges as ...
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Derive a while loop runs in $\Theta( \sqrt{n} )$

I know for a fact that algorithm A runs in $\Theta(\sqrt{n})$, but how does one derive that fact? Algorithm A i = 0 s = 0 while s <= n: s += i i += 1 ...
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number of comparisons in searching algorithms

i was going thorugh different searching algorithms,Linear,binary and ternary search.Now i want to know the number of comparisons in these. For linear search : ...
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Why does Randomized Quicksort have O(n log n) worst-case runtime cost

Randomized Quick Sort is an extension of Quick Sort in which the pivot element is chosen randomly. What can be the worst case time complexity of this algorithm. According to me, it should be $O(n^2)$, ...
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Finding potential function for dynamic array

About dynamic array, doubling it's size with every element that is beying its limit: From what I understand, the number of operations between the $n$th element and the $n+1$th depending on if $n+1$ ...
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Determining whether a change in an memoized algorithm will improve the performance

I have an algorithm that constructs an optimal binary tree using dynamic programming. After introducing what I thought would be an optimization, the algorithm became over 2 times slover. Question: Is ...
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Is log(n) equivalent to (log(n))^x for big-O analysis?

My professor noted that we could treat any logarithmic function with an exponent as equivalent to log(n) for the purposes of big-O analysis. ie. $(n log(n) + 1)^2 + (log(n) + 1)(n^2 + 1)$ From the ...
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Time Complexity of the below code? [duplicate]

here is a nested loop where all the variable are integers.This is another question to the thread. I understood the solution part , but stuck in the time-complexity part. What is the time complexity ...
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How to mathematically prove that a relation T(n)=T($\sqrt{n}$)+c is O(log(log(n))?

following question, I understood the intuition behind how cutting down the size of input by square root on each iteration leads to O(log(log(n))) complexity. I tried to derive it on paper. Let T(n) =...
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Do problems that have unary encodings automatically become unary languages?

This problem has confused me a lot, can any of you help me out. Thank you.
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Necessary conditions for proving If f(n) = O(g(n)), then is log(f(n)) = O(log(g(n)))

I am learning about algorithmic complexities and I read that if f(n) and g(n) are asymptotically positive functions and if $f(n) =O(g(n))$ then the relationship $log(f(n)) = O(log(g(n)))$ holds. I ...
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time complexity of 2 sum problem using binary search

this is a popular searching problem and the question is : Given an array of integers that is already sorted in ascending order, find two numbers such that they add up to a specific target number. The ...
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Why does this triple loop code have a running time of 1.5lnN * N^2

Hi all, I'm currently going through the Princeton Algorithms course on coursera, and I'm having trouble understanding the answer to this quiz. I think I understand where the $\frac{1}{2} N^2$ term ...
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Derive a while loop (which seemingly have some logarithmic traits) runs in $\Theta(n)$

I know for a fact that algorithm A runs in $\Theta(n)$, but how does one derive that? Algorithm A ...
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Running time of algorithm (effect of j*j in for loops) - Theta Runtime

In Theta notation what are the running times of these algorithms? Algorithm 1 for i=1..n j=1 while j*j <= i: j = j + 1 Since the outer loop ...
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Why in BFPRT (median of medians) algorithm the partition of the array by $7$ blocks would work but with the $3$ fail?

I am working with the median-median algorithm or BFPRT algorithm and I seek to understand why would the partition of the array by $7$ blocks would work but with the $3$ fail? If we divide into ...
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How to prove that ($56n^2+106n+48)(\log(264n^2+200)) = Θ(𝑛^2\log n)$

I understand that essentially we have to prove that $$c_1(n^2\log n)\le (56n^2+106n+48)(\log(264n^2+200)) \le c_2(n^2\log n)\,.$$ I am confused on how to simplify this further? And ...