## Problem

A **problem** is an obstacle, impediment, difficulty or challenge, or any situation that invites resolution; the resolution of which is recognized as a solution or contribution toward a known purpose or goal. A problem implies a desired outcome coupled with an apparent deficiency, doubt or inconsistency that prevents the outcome from taking place.

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### Some articles on problem:

**Problem**- Background

... and was the common abbreviation for the year 2000 software

**problem**... roll-over of the millennium, even though the

**problem**could have occurred at the end of any ordinary century ... The Year 2000

**problem**was the subject of the early book, Computers in Crisis by Jerome and Marilyn Murray (Petrocelli, 1984 reissued by McGraw-Hill under the title ...

... A divide and conquer algorithm works by recursively breaking down a

**problem**into two or more sub-

**problems**of the same (or related) type, until these become simple enough to be solved directly ... The solutions to the sub-

**problems**are then combined to give a solution to the original

**problem**... a theorem by induction, it is often necessary to replace the original

**problem**by a more general or complicated

**problem**in order to get the recursion ...

... To solve this

**problem**, it suffices to provide an upper bound on the total degree of the such a bound reduces the

**problem**to a finite system of linear ... A related

**problem**is the ideal membership

**problem**, which consists in testing if a polynomial belongs to an ideal ... For this

**problem**also, a solution is provided by a upper bound on the degree of the A general solution of the ideal membership

**problem**provides an effective Nullstellensatz, at least for the weak ...

**Problem**

... The necklace

**problem**is a

**problem**in recreational mathematics, solved in the early 21st century ...

**Problem**

... field of graph theory the Hamiltonian path

**problem**and the Hamiltonian cycle

**problem**are

**problems**of determining whether a Hamiltonian path or a Hamiltonian cycle exists in a ... Both

**problems**are NP-complete ...

### More definitions of "problem":

- (
*noun*): A source of difficulty.

Example:*"What's the problem?"*

Synonyms: trouble

- (
*noun*): A question raised for consideration or solution.

Example:*"Our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"*

### Famous quotes containing the word problem:

“The *problem* of the novelist who wishes to write about a man’s encounter with God is how he shall make the experience—which is both natural and supernatural—understandable, and credible, to his reader. In any age this would be a *problem*, but in our own, it is a well- nigh insurmountable one. Today’s audience is one in which religious feeling has become, if not atrophied, at least vaporous and sentimental.”

—Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964)

“We have heard all of our lives how, after the Civil War was over, the South went back to straighten itself out and make a living again. It was for many years a voiceless part of the government. The balance of power moved away from it—to the north and the east. The problems of the north and the east became the big *problem* of the country and nobody paid much attention to the economic unbalance the South had left as its only choice.”

—Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–1973)

“Involuntary mental hospitalization is like slavery. Refining the standards for commitment is like prettifying the slave plantations. The *problem* is not how to improve commitment, but how to abolish it.”

—Thomas Szasz (b. 1920)