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Subject: Re: [boost] Overload resolution speed
From: David A. Greene (greened_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-09-22 17:40:39

Dave Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> writes:

>> In general, all algorithms in a compiler should be linear, or worst
>> case n*log(n). Any quadratic or worse algorithm is pretty much a bug.
> I'd like to think so, too, but I'm not sure all implementors would agree
> with you.

The problem complexities are not linear or n*log(n) so why should you
expect the algorithms to be? The heuristic algorithms to achieve
acceptable results could be limited to n*log(n) but like everything
else, it's a tradeoff. Dependence analysis, for example, can get very
expensive in some situations if you want reasonable accuracy.

Customers always say they don't care about compile time as long as the
code is fast. Until, of course, they do. :)


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