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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms

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Algorithm is a sequence of elementary operations that give solution to any problem from a specific class of problems in a finite number of steps. elementary operations - one command precisely defined all elementary operations should be precisely defined: x

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Features of a good algorithms finiteness -executed algorithm must have the end specificness - all operations and their order should be precisely defined efficiency -algorithm must give a result in a shortest way generality - algorithm must give solution to any problem from a specific class of problems correctness - must give a correct solution

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Basic way in creating algorithms: 1.problem definition 2.problem analysis 3.preparation of rules 4.create concise procedure for solving problem

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Ways of describing algorithms: Recursive - mathematical function Natural language Flow chart – block diagram Formal languages

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Recursive function-example: factorial n Problem is defined by itself: n! = n * (n-1)! if n = 1 then n!=1 and 0!=1 4!=4 * (4-1)! = 4 * 3! 3!= 3 * 2! 2!= 2 * 1!= 2 * 1

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Ways of describing algorithms: Recursive - mathematical function n! = n * (n-1)! advantage: high precision disadvantage: can describe only few kinds of problems

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Natural language - example Give an algorithm of finding the value: y = Max{ xi }, where 1 i n 1. i 1, go to 2 2. y xi, go to 3 3. whether i = n ? If yes – the end, if no – go to 4 4. i i + 1, go to 5 5. whether xi > y ? If yes – go to 2, if no– go to 3

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Natural language – example: y = Max{ xi }, where 1 i n sequence x: quantity of x elements: n = 4 index of processing element: i=? present maximum: y=? 1. i 1, go to 2 2. y xi, go to 3 3. whether i = n ? If yes – the end, if no – go to 4 4. i i + 1, go to 5 5. whether xi > y ? If yes – go to 2, if no– go to 3

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Ways of describing algorithms: Natural language advantage: easy to understand, simplicity, no need to use special conventions, wide vocabulary disadvantage: lack of precision, possibility of misunderstanding

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Flow chart - block diagram computational transaction,process decision - testing condition begining and the end of algorithm input/output operations connecting element,direction

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Flow chart– example: y = Max{ xi }, where 1 i n

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Ways of describing algorithms: Flow chart formal way of describing algorithm advantage: precise, can be used at every level of software development, flexible disadvantage: technical difficulty of representing large algorithms

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Formal languages – example: y = Max{ xi }, where 1 i n The same algorithm presenting with Pascal function Max( x : array of integer ) : integer; var i, y : integer; begin y := x[ 1 ]; for i := 2 to n do if x[ i ] > y then y := x[ i ]; Max := y; end;

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Formal languages – example: y = Max{ xi }, where 1 i n The same algorithm presenting with C int Max( int *x ) { int i; int y = x[0]; for( i = 1; i < n; i++ ) if( x[i] > y ) y = x[i]; return y; }

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Ways of describing algorithms: Formal languages – programming languages advantage: precision, executive disadvantage: you have to know the language – difficulty of learning the language

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Sequence algorithm The previous algorithm was a sequence algorithm. instructions are executed one after one n + 1 – amount of algorithms operations Oi – operation number i t( x ) – moment of time when is executed operation x This is always true that: moment of time, when is the end of previous operation, is in the some time or earlier, then the beginning of next operation.

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Parallel algorithm At least 2 operations can be executed in the some time n + 1 – amount of algorithms operations Oi – operation number i t( x ) – moment of time when is executed operation x There is moment of time, when the end of previous operation, is later, then the beginning of next operation.

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Way of comparing algorithms: 1.Time complexity How much time is required to execute algorithm (usually we dont measure time but steps) 2.Space/memory complexityHow much memory space is required, to execute the algorithm

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Theory of Computer Science - Algorithms Conclusions In most cases the increase in space complexity, causes the decrease in time complexity and vice versa. Processed data, have implication on execution time and needed memory. Pessimistic and average efficiency, have implication on algorithms application. In parallel algorithms, amount of processors, have implication on time execution. The more processors, the shorter time. But there is limited amount of processors, for each algorithm, where if we use more processors above this limit, it doesnt increase the time.

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