Texts in Computer Science

Descriptive Complexity

Authors: Immerman, Neil

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A basic issue in computer science is the complexity of problems. Computational complexity measures how much time or memory is needed as a function of the input problem size. Descriptive complexity is concerned with problems which may be described in first-order logic. By virtue of the close relationship between logic and relational databses, it turns out that this subject has important applications to databases such as analysing the queries computable in polynomial time, analysing the parallel time needed to compute a query, and the analysis of nondeterministic classes. This book is written as a graduate text and so aims to provide a reasonably self-contained introduction to this subject. The author has provided numerous examples and exercises to further illustrate the ideas presented.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Descriptive Complexity
Authors
Series Title
Texts in Computer Science
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-0539-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-0539-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-98600-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-6809-3
Series ISSN
1868-0941
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 268
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