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P

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Definition: The complexity class of languages that can be accepted by a deterministic Turing machine in polynomial time.

See also NP, BPP.

Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, page 24-19, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.

Author: CRC-A

More information

History, definitions, examples, etc. given in Comp.Theory FAQ, scroll down to P vs. NP. Wikipedia entry on Complexity classes P and NP.

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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "P", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 5 September 2012. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/p.html

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