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descriptive complexity

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Complexity theory is an area of research in computer science that aims to determine the amount of resources (time and space usually) that an algorithm needs to decide a query. Descriptive complexity is a branch of complexity theory that uses sentences in finite model theory to describe queries. It turns out that the languages of these sentences directly correspond to known complexity classes?.

References

  • Neil Immerman, Descriptive Complexity, Graduate texts in computer science (Springer-Verlag New York Inc.) (1999)

  • Ronald Fagin, Generalized first-order spectra and polynomial-time recognizable sets, Complexity of Computation, ed. R. Karp, SIAM-AMS Proceedings, Vol. Vol. 7 (1974):43-73.

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