CS2800-Algorithms-Growth-Rates_v.4

# CS2800-Algorithms-Growth-Rates_v.4 - Discrete Math CS 2800...

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1 Discrete Math CS 2800 Prof. Bart Selman selman@cs.cornell.edu Module Algorithms and Growth Rates

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2 The algorithm problem Specification of all legal inputs and Specification of desired output as a function of the input Any legal input The algorithm The desired output
Examples of algorithmic problems Problem 1 : Input: A list L, of integers Output: The sum of the integers on L Problem 3 : Input: A road map of cities with distances attached to the road map, and two designated cities A and B Output: A description of the shortest path between A and B Problem 2 : Input: Two texts A and B in English Output: The list of common words in both texts

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Instance of an algorithmic problem Size of an instance An instance of an algorithmic problem is a concrete case of such a problem with specific input . The size of an instance is given by the size of its input . Examples of instances: An instance of problem 1 : L= 2, 5, 26, 8, 170, 79, 1002 Problem 1 : Input: A list L, of integers Output: The sum of the integers on L Size of instance length of list Size of instance = |L| = 7 We use a “natural” measure of input size. Why generally ok? Strictly speaking we should count bits.
Examples of instances Problem 3 : Input: A road map of cities with distances attached to the road map, and two designated cities A and B Output: A description of the shortest path between A and B 1 2 3 4 5 6 2 4 2 1 3 4 2 3 2 Size of instance Number of cities and roads A particular instance : Size of instance: 6 nodes 9 edges The size of an instance is given by the size of its input .

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6 Algorithm Definition: An algorithm is a finite set of precise instructions for performing a computation or for solving a problem. In general we describe algorithms using pseudocode : i.e., a language that is an intermediate step between an English language description of an algorithm and an implementation of this algorithm in a programming language
7 Properties of an Algorithm Input: an algorithm has input values from a specified set. Output: for each set of input values an algorithm produces output values from a specified set. The output values are the solution of the problem. Definiteness: The steps of an algorithm must be defined precisely. Correctness: An algorithm should produce the correct output values fro each set of input values. Finiteness: an algorithm should produce the desired output after a finite (but perhaps large) number of steps for any input in the set. Effectiveness: It must be possible to perform each step of an algorithm exactly and in a finite amount of time. Generality: the procedure should be applicable for all the problems of the desired from, not just for a particular set of input values. Distinction between: “problem” and “problem instance” Quite confusing for folks outside CS. Alg. should work for all instances!

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8 Algorithm: Finding the Maximum Element in a Finite Sequence procedure max ( a 1 ,a 2 ,…, a n : integers) max := a 1 for i := 2 to n if max < a i then max := a i { max is the largest element}
Computer Programming Programmer (human) Compiler (software) Algorithm

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