Algorithmic Efficiency - Optimization Techniques

Optimization Techniques

The word optimize is normally used in relation to an existing algorithm/computer program (i.e. to improve upon completed code). In this section it is used both in the context of existing programs and also in the design and implementation of new algorithms, thereby avoiding the most common performance pitfalls. It is clearly wasteful to produce a working program—at first using an algorithm that ignores all efficiency issues—only to then have to redesign or rewrite sections of it if found to offer poor performance. Optimization can be broadly categorized into two domains:-

  • Environment specific—that are essentially worthwhile only on certain platforms or particular computer languages
  • General techniques—that apply irrespective of platform

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