Encyclopedia of Algorithms

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ming-Yang Kao

Experimental Methods for Algorithm Analysis

2001; McGeoch
  • Catherine C. McGeoch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30162-4_135

Keywords and Synonyms

Experimental algorithmics; Empirical algorithmics; Empirical analysis of algorithms; Algorithm engineering

Problem Definition

Experimental analysis of algorithms describes not a specific algorithmic problem, but rather an approach to algorithm design and analysis. It complements, and forms a bridge between, traditional theoretical analysis, and the application‐driven methodology used in empirical analysis.

The traditional theoretical approach to algorithm analysis defines algorithm efficiency in terms of counts of dominant operations, under some abstract model of computation such as a RAM; the input model is typically either worst-case or average-case. Theoretical results are usually expressed in terms of asymptotic bounds on the function relating input size to number of dominant operations performed.

This contrasts with the tradition of empirical analysis that has developed primarily in fields such as operations research, scientific computing, and artificial...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine C. McGeoch
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceAmherst CollegeAmherstUSA