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Complexity Theory

Exploring the Limits of Efficient Algorithms

By Ingo Wegener , R. Pruim

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  • ISBN13: 978-3-5402-1045-0
  • 320 Pages
  • User Level: Students
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2005
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
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Complexity theory is the theory of determining the necessary resources for the solution of algorithmic problems and, therefore, the limits of what is possible with the available resources. An understanding of these limits prevents the search for non-existing efficient algorithms. This textbook considers randomization as a key concept and emphasizes the interplay between theory and practice: New branches of complexity theory continue to arise in response to new algorithmic concepts, and its results - such as the theory of NP-completeness - have influenced the development of all areas of computer science. The topics selected have implications for concrete applications, and the significance of complexity theory for today's computer science is stressed throughout.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. Algorithmic Problems and Their Complexity.
  3. Fundamental Complexity Classes.
  4. Reductions
  5. Algorithmic Relations Between Problems.
  6. The Theory of NP
  7. Completeness.
  8. NP
  9. Complete and NP
  10. Equivalent Problems.
  11. The Complexity Analysis┬┤of Problems.
  12. The Complexity of Approximation Problems
  13. Classical Results.
  14. The Complexity of Black
  15. Box Problems.
  16. Further Complexity Classes and Relations between the Complexity Classes.
  17. Interactive Proof Systems.
  18. The PCP
  19. Theorem and the Complexity of Approximation Problems.
  20. Classical Subjects of Complexity Theory.
  21. The Complexity of Nonuniform Problems.
  22. Communication Complexity.
  23. The Complexity of Boolean Function.
  24. Conclusions.
  25. Appendix: The O
  26. notation; Results from Probability Theory.
  27. References.
  28. Index.

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