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polynomial-time algorithm

<complexity> A known algorithm (or Turing Machine) that is guaranteed to terminate within a number of steps which is a polynomial function of the size of the problem.

See also computational complexity, exponential time, nondeterministic polynomial-time (NP), NP-complete.



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