Can an O(n) algorithm ever exceed O(n^2) in terms of computation time?

Asymptotic complexity (which is what both big-O and big-Theta represent) completely ignores the constant factors involved – it’s only intended to give an indication of how running time will change as the size of the input gets larger. So it’s certainly possible that an Θ(n) algorithm can take longer than an Θ(n2) one for some … Read more

What does “O(1) access time” mean? [duplicate]

You’re going to want to read up on Order of complexity. In short, O(1) means that it takes a constant time, like 14 nanoseconds, or three minutes no matter the amount of data in the set. O(n) means it takes an amount of time linear with the size of the set, so a set … Read more