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January 30th, 2013, 11:55 PM
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Frequency Count in C

Hi guys,

Our lesson is about frequency count or calculating the number of steps needed by an algorithm to finish.

Below is an example provided in our lecture notes:
Code:
```if x < 1
y ← 10;

else if x < 2
{ y ← 20; z ← 30;
}

else
{ for i ← 1 to x
print(i);
}```
Total = 2x + 3

I understand this block yields a total of 2x + 1:
Code:
```else
{ for i ← 1 to x     x - 1 + 2 = x + 1
print(i);            x - 1 + 1 = x
}                               -------
2x + 1```
Code:
```if x < 1                 1
y ← 10;               1

else if x < 2            1
{ y ← 20; z ← 30;     2
}```
I understand that each if-statement would always entail a count of 1 and it must be added to the maximum count of statements which is in this example, 2.

If I add both the if-statements and the maximum count of 2, I would get 1 + 1 + 2 = 4.

If I add it to the count of the last for-block to obtain the total count, I would get 2x + 1 + 4 = 2x + 5.

As you can see, I'm not getting the right answer. Help would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

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February 20th, 2013, 05:39 PM
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I think I understand this now. I should only add the counts for the two if-statements which is 1 + 1 = 2 and the maximum count for the body which is 2x + 1 (since it is greater than 1 or 2). Therefore:
Code:
```        1 (count of if x < 1)
1 (count of if x < 2)
+ 2x + 1 (max count of if-else body)
----------
2x + 3 = TOTAL FREQUENCY COUNT```

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February 21st, 2013, 12:09 AM
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Are you just counting statements, in which case your approach seems fine?

Or are you looking at complexity, in which case the answer is just x.
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February 21st, 2013, 06:18 PM
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Hi Salem,

In this lesson, we are counting statements. I believe we haven't touched complexity yet.

(1) How is complexity different from counting statements and (2) would you kindly illustrate how it became x for this particular problem?

Thank you!

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February 23rd, 2013, 02:04 AM
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Salem did well to even have an idea what your question was about! It was neither clear or in fact "on topic" with this forum which is about C and related language programming rather than computer science.

Regarding complexity. this might be germane: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comput...ical_operations

Last edited by clifford : February 23rd, 2013 at 02:07 AM.

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February 23rd, 2013, 08:09 AM
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Indeed. I figured replies might not come as easy for this post. I posted in the C board because our professor was giving examples in C, I wasn't sure if the formula for statement count would be different in other languages.

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