Definition: (1) The situation or input for which an algorithm or data structure takes the least time or resources. (2) Having to do with this situation or input.
See also average case, worst case, best-case cost.
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Entry modified 17 December 2004.
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Paul E. Black, "best case", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/bestcase.html