The main idea of asymptotic analysis is to have a measure of efficiency of algorithms that doesn’t depend on machine specific constants, mainly because this analysis doesn’t require algorithms to be implemented and time taken by programs to be compared. We have already discussed Three main asymptotic notations. The following 2 more asymptotic notations are used to represent time complexity of algorithms.
Little ο asymptotic notation
Big-Ο is used as a tight upper-bound on the growth of an algorithm’s effort (this effort is described by the function f(n)), even though, as written, it can also be a loose upper-bound. “Little-ο” (ο()) notation is used to describe an upper-bound that cannot be tight.
Definition : Let f(n) and g(n) be functions that map positive integers to positive real numbers. We say that f(n) is ο(g(n)) (or f(n) Ε ο(g(n))) if for any real constant c > 0, there exists an integer constant n0 ≥ 1 such that 0 ≤ f(n) < c*g(n).
Its means little o() means loose upper-bound of f(n).
In mathematical relation,
f(n) = o(g(n)) means
lim f(n)/g(n) = 0
Is 7n + 8 ∈ o(n2)?
In order for that to be true, for any c, we have to be able to find an n0 that makes
f(n) < c * g(n) asymptotically true.
lets took some example,
If c = 100,we check the inequality is clearly true. If c = 1/100 , we’ll have to use
a little more imagination, but we’ll be able to find an n0. (Try n0 = 1000.) From
these examples, the conjecture appears to be correct.
then check limits,
lim f(n)/g(n) = lim (7n + 8)/(n2) = lim 7/2n = 0 (l’hospital)
n→∞ n→∞ n→∞
hence 7n + 8 ∈ o(n2)
Little ω asymptotic notation
Definition : Let f(n) and g(n) be functions that map positive integers to positive real numbers. We say that f(n) is ω(g(n)) (or f(n) ∈ ω(g(n))) if for any real constant c > 0, there exists an integer constant n0 ≥ 1 such that f(n) > c * g(n) ≥ 0 for every integer n ≥ n0.
f(n) has a higher growth rate than g(n) so main difference between Big Omega (Ω) and little omega (ω) lies in their definitions.In the case of Big Omega f(n)=Ω(g(n)) and the bound is 0<=cg(n)<=f(n), but in case of little omega, it is true for 0<=c*g(n)<f(n).
we use ω notation to denote a lower bound that is not asymptotically tight.
and, f(n) ∈ ω(g(n)) if and only if g(n) ∈ ο((f(n)).
In mathematical relation,
if f(n) ∈ ω(g(n)) then,
lim f(n)/g(n) = ∞
Prove that 4n + 6 ∈ ω(1);
the little omega(ο) running time can be proven by applying limit formula given below.
if lim f(n)/g(n) = ∞ then functions f(n) is ω(g(n))
here,we have functions f(n)=4n+6 and g(n)=1
lim (4n+6)/(1) = ∞
and,also for any c we can get n0 for this inequality 0 <= c*g(n) < f(n), 0 <= c*1 < 4n+6
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