Definition: (1) Any function which is the sum of constants times powers of a logarithm of the argument: f(x)=Σi=0kcilogpi x. (2) In complexity theory, the measure of computation, m(n) (usually execution time or memory space), is bounded by a polylogarithmic function of the problem size, n. More formally m(n) = O(logk n).
See also logarithmic, polynomial, exponential.
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Paul E. Black, "polylogarithmic", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/polylogarith.html