Definition: (1) A solution to an optimization problem which has the minimum (or maximum) value of the objective function. (2) The time, space, resource, etc. complexity of an algorithm which matches the best known lower bound of a problem.
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Sandeep Kumar Shukla, "optimal", 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/optimal.html