4b4e complexity - Definition of complexity at Define.com Dictionary and Thesaurus (define complexity)
 A:link {color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:active{color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:visited{color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:hover{color:inherit;text-decoration: underline;font-style:inherit} From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]: Complexity \Com*plex"i*ty\, noun; pl. {Complexities}. [Cf. F. complexit['e].] 1. The state of being complex; intricacy; entanglement. The objects of society are of the greatest possible complexity. --Burke. 2. That which is complex; intricacy; complication. From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:noun 1: the quality of being intricate and compounded; "he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers" [syn: {complexness}] [ant: {simplicity}]From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]: From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]: complexity The level in difficulty in solving mathematically posed problems as measured by the time, number of steps or arithmetic operations, or memory space required (called time complexity, computational complexity, and space complexity, respectively). The interesting aspect is usually how complexity scales with the size of the input (the "{scalability}"), where the size of the input is described by some number N. Thus an {algorithm} may have computational complexity O(N^2) (of the order of the square of the size of the input), in which case if the input doubles in size, the computation will take four times as many steps. The ideal is a constant time algorithm (O(1)) or failing that, O(N). See also {NP-complete}. (1994-10-20) Define.com is a registered nonprofit corporation dedicated solely to the global public interest and the advancement of humanity. It belongs to all of us who have a desire to promote electronic democracy, science, creativity, imagination, reason, critical thinking, peace, race and gender equality, civil rights, equal access to education, personal liberty, free speech, animal rights, compassionate and nonviolent parenting, social and economic justice, global monetary reform, Secular Humanism, cognitive liberty and a permanent cessation of The War on Drugs. Let's see what we can do if we put our heads together. 0