RE: O(n) notation (and character padding)

Subject: RE: O(n) notation (and character padding)
From: "David Bergman" <davidb@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 09:06:31 -0500

I forgot that the 'f(x)*exp(x,n)' should be 'f(x)+C*exp(x,n)'. Sorry.
It does not affect the points made, though. Haven't had my morning coffee...


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[mailto:owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Jeni Tennison
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2000 5:11 AM
To: Dave Gomboc; David Carlisle
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Subject: Re: O(n) notation (and character padding)

Dave and David,

Thank you both for your thorough and very helpful explanations and

It's particularly enlightening for me to see that the relative
complexity of the algorithm does not necessarily mean it's generally
worse - it's always a matter of balancing different criteria for a
particular problem.

Indeed, I think I'm right in saying that you can have two algorithms
that do the same thing in different times but with the same
complexity, so Mike's point that:

  num[not(../num &gt; .)][1]

is still 0(n^2) is a comment about how the run-time of the XPath will
increase as more nums are added: it doesn't matter how much time it
takes or the fact it might stop half way through.

This is one of those conceptual revisions that will take a little time
to sink in for me.  I'm still struggling to see why:

<xsl:template match="in" mode="find-max">
  <xsl:variable name="greater"
                select="following-sibling::in[. &gt; current()][1]" />
    <xsl:when test="$greater">
      <xsl:apply-templates select="$greater" mode="find-max" />
    <xsl:otherwise><xsl:value-of select="." /></xsl:otherwise>

is 0(n^2) while:

<xsl:template match="in" mode="find-max">
  <xsl:variable name="max-of-rest">
    <xsl:apply-templates select="following-sibling::in[1]"
                         mode="find-max" />
    <xsl:when test=". &gt; $max-of-rest or not(string($max-of-rest))">
      <xsl:value-of select="." />
      <xsl:value-of select="$max-of-rest" />

is 0(n).

You both recommend looking at a book on algorithms: do you have any
good ones that you recommend particularly?

Thanks again for your help,


Jeni Tennison

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