Fundamentals of Computer Science II (CSC-152 99F)

Assignment 3: Recursion and Big-O


Assigned: Monday, 4 October 1999
Due: 10:00 a.m., Monday, 11 October 1999

Summary: In this assignment, you will further ground your study of recursion and Big-O analysis.

Turning it in: Send me a printed copy of anthing you do.

Collaboration: You should work on this individually. You may discuss ideas with fellow students and request help debugging, but each of you should write up your own solutions.

Problems from Java Plus Data Structures

Do problems 24, 27, 28, and 29 of Chapter 5.

Big O

Determine the running time (Big-O notation) of each of the following algorithms. Note that you may have to come up with an appropriate metric for the size of each problem.

(a) Shortest Path

Suppose you have N locations connected by sidewalks.
To find the shortest path from location A to location B ...
List all the paths from A to B
Find the distance of each path.
Take the smallest of all those values.

(b) Smallest Value

To find the smallest value in a collection ...
Set smallestSoFar to one value in the collection
While unchecked values remain in the collectoin
  Pick one
  If that value is smaller than guess then
    Set smallestSoFar to that value
Return smallestSoFar

(c) Smallest Value, Revisited

To find the smallest value in a collection ...
If the collection has only one element
  Return that element
  Split the collection into two equal halves
  Find the smallest value in each half
  Return the smaller of those two values

(d) Least Difference

To find the smallest difference between any two 
  different numbers in a collection ...
Set estimate to ``infinity''
For each value, v, in the collection
  For each value, u, not equal to v
    If |u-v| < estimate then
      Set estimate to |u-v|
Return estimate

Extra Credit

It's probably not worth your time, but you can obtain extra credit by implementing any of the algorithms in part 2 of the assignment.


Monday, 4 October 1999

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