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Page 574: The phrasing of the quadratic example makes it sound like all polynomial complexity is quadratic complexity, which is wrong and misleading. #123

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WraithGlade opened this issue Jan 20, 2020 · 1 comment

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@WraithGlade WraithGlade commented Jan 20, 2020

From the following text:

Polynomial (or quadratic) time O(N^2) About 99,000,000 additional computations. An example is comparing all the elements in a collection with all the elements in another collection.

The way "Polynomial (or quadratic)" is phrased here is very likely to confuse or mislead readers that aren't already familiar with the subject matter. It makes it sound like all polynomial complexities are quadratic complexities. It makes it sound like "polynomial" and "quadratic" are 100% synonymous and equivalent in both directions. Only someone who already understands complexity theory will be able to understand what is actually intended here.

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@JLospinoso JLospinoso commented Jan 21, 2020

Thanks, @WraithGlade!

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