Average Case Analysis of Algorithms

Authored by: Wojciech Szpankowski

Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  November  2009

Print ISBN: 9781584888222
eBook ISBN: 9781584888239
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781584888239-c11

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Abstract

An algorithm is a finite set of instructions for a treatment of data to meet some desired objectives. The most obvious reason for analyzing algorithms and data structures is to discover their characteristics in order to evaluate their suitability for various applications, or to compare them with other algorithms for the same application. Needless to say, we are interested in efficient algorithms in order to use efficiently such scarce resources as computer space and time.

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