Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:36 PM
Aren't new members supposed to start at 101 points? This recent member (and possibly others) appears to have started at 1 reputation point (making his reputation appear as "bad" despite the fact that he was never downvoted). Perhaps this should be addressed (and see if there is an underlying bug at work)?
I just noticed it so heads-up to the staff
The slowsort algorithm is a perfect illustration of the multiply and surrender paradigm, which is perhaps the single most important paradigm in the development of reluctant algorithms. The basic multiply and surrender strategy consists in replacing the problem at hand by two or more subproblems, each slightly simpler than the original, and continue multiplying subproblems and subsubproblems recursively in this fashion as long as possible. At some point the subproblems will all become so simple that their solution can no longer be postponed, and we will have to surrender. Experience shows that, in most cases, by the time this point is reached the total work will be substantially higher than what could have been wasted by a more direct approach.
- Pessimal Algorithms and Simplexity Analysis