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UNIT:- 1
Principles of Analyzing algorithms and Problems
An algorithm is a finite set of computational instructions, each instruction can be executed in finite
time, to perform computation or problem solving by giving some value, or set of values as input to
produce some value, or set of values as output. Algorithms are not dependent on a particular
machine, programming language or compilers i.e. algorithms run in same manner everywhere. So
the algorithm is a mathematical object where the algorithms are assumed to be run under machine
with unlimited capacity.
Examples of problems
• You are given two numbers, how do you find the Greatest Common Divisor.
• Given an array of numbers, how do you sort them?
We need algorithms to understand the basic concepts of the Computer Science, programming.
Where the computations are done and to understand the input output relation of the problem we
must be able to understand the steps involved in getting output(s) from the given input(s).
You need designing concepts of the algorithms because if you only study the algorithms then you
are bound to those algorithms and selection among the available algorithms. However if you have
knowledge about design then you can attempt to improve the performance using different design
principles.
The analysis of the algorithms gives a good insight of the algorithms under study. Analysis of
algorithms tries to answer few questions like; is the algorithm correct? i.e. the
Algorithm generates the required result or not?, does the algorithm terminate for all the inputs
under problem domain? The other issues of analysis are efficiency, optimality, etc. So knowing the
different aspects of different algorithms on the similar problem domain we can choose the better
algorithm for our need. This can be done by knowing the resources needed for the algorithm for its
execution. Two most important resources are the time and the space. Both of the resources are
measures in terms of complexity for time instead of absolute time we consider growth
Algorithms Properties
Input(s)/output(s): There must be some inputs from the standard set of inputs and an
algorithm’s execution must produce outputs(s).
Definiteness: Each step must be clear and unambiguous.
Finiteness: Algorithms must terminate after finite time or steps.
Correctness: Correct set of output values must be produced from the each set of inputs.
Effectiveness: Each step must be carried out in finite time.
Here we deal with correctness and finiteness.
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This RAM model is the base model for our study of design and analysis of algorithms to have
design and analysis in machine independent scenario. In this model each basic operations (+, -)
takes 1 step, loops and subroutines are not basic operations. Each memory reference is 1 step. We
measure run time of algorithm by counting the steps.
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Random Access Machine Model
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Best, Worst and Average case
Best case complexity gives lower bound on the running time of the algorithm for any
instance of input(s). This indicates that the algorithm can never have lower running time
than best case for particular class of problems.
Worst case complexity gives upper bound on the running time of the algorithm for all the
instances of the input(s). This insures that no input can overcome the running time limit
posed by worst case complexity.
Average case complexity gives average number of steps required on any instance of the
input(s).
In our study we concentrate on worst case complexity only.
Example 1: Fibonacci Numbers
Input: n
Output: nth Fibonacci number.
Algorithm: assume a as first(previous) and b as second(current) numbers
fib(n)
{
a = 0, b= 1, f=1 ;
for(i = 2 ; i <=n ; i++)
{
f = a+b ;
a=b ;
b=f ;
}
return f ;
}
Efficiency
Time Complexity: The algorithm above iterates up to n-2 times, so time complexity is
O(n).
Space Complexity: The space complexity is constant i.e. O(1).
Mathematical Foundation
Since mathematics can provide clear view of an algorithm. Understanding the concepts of
mathematics is aid in the design and analysis of good algorithms. Here we present some of the
mathematical concepts that are helpful in our study.
Exponents
Some of the formulas that are helpful are:
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xa xb = xa+b
xa / xb = xa-b
(x a)b = xab
xn + xn = 2xn
2n + 2n = 2n+1
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Logarithmes
Some of the formulas that are helpful are:
1. logab = logcb / logc a ; c>0
2. log ab = log a + log b
3. log a/b = log a - log b
4. log (ab) = b log a
5. Log x < x for all x>0
6. Log 1 = 0, log 2 = 1, log 1024 = 10.
7. a logbn = n logba
Series
Asymptotic Notation
Complexity analysis of an algorithm is very hard if we try to analyze exact. we know that the
complexity (worst, best, or average) of an algorithm is the mathematical function of the size of the
input. So if we analyze the algorithm in terms of bound (upper and lower) then it would be easier.
For this purpose we need the concept of asymptotic notations. The figure below gives upper and
lower bound concept.
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When we have only asymptotic upper bound then we use O notation. A function f(x)=O(g(x))
(read as f(x) is big oh of g(x) ) iff there exists two positive constants c and x 0 such that for all x >=
x0, 0 <= f(x) <= c*g(x)
The above relation says that g(x) is an upper bound of f(x)
Some properties:
Transitivity: f(x) = O(g(x)) & g(x) = O(h(x)) _ f(x) = O(h(x))
Reflexivity: f(x) = O(f(x))
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Big Oh (O) notation
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O(1) is used to denote constants.
For all values of n >= n0, plot shows clearly that f(n) lies below or on the curve of c*g(n)
Examples
1.
2.
f(n) = 3n2 + 4n + 7
g(n) = n2 , then prove that f(n) = O(g(n)).
Proof: let us choose c and n0 values as 14 and 1 respectively then we can have
f(n) <= c*g(n), n>=n0 as
3n2 + 4n + 7 <= 14*n2 for all n >= 1
The above inequality is trivially true
Hence f(n) = O(g(n))
Prove that n log (n3) is O(√n3)).
Proof: we have n log (n3) = 3n log n
Again, √n3 = n √n,
If we can prove log n = O(√n) then problem is solved
Because n log n = n O(√n) that gives the question again.
We can remember the fact that log a n is O (nb) for all a,b>0.
In our problem a = 1 and b = 1/2 ,
hence log n = O(√n).
So by knowing log n = O(√n) we proved that
n log (n3) = O(√n3)).
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Big omega notation gives asymptotic lower bound. A function f(x) =Ω (g(x)) (read as g(x) is big
omega of g(x) ) iff there exists two positive constants c and x 0 such that for all x >= x0, 0 <= c*g(x)
<= f(x).
The above relation says that g(x) is a lower bound of f(x).
Some properties:
Transitivity: f(x) = O(g(x)) & g(x) = O(h(x)) _ f(x) = O(h(x))
Reflexivity: f(x) = O(f(x))
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Big Omega (Ω) notation
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