Definition: One of the classes defined by logarithmic, polynomial, and exponential bounds on time and space, for deterministic and nondeterministic machines. These classify most of the important computational problems.
Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, page 27-21, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.
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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "canonical complexity class", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 25 October 2010. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/canonical.html