(definition)

**Definition:**
(1) Any function which is the sum of constants times other constants to the power of the argument: f(x)=Σ_{i=0}^{k} c_{i}b_{i}^{xpi}. (2) In complexity theory, the measure of computation, m(n) (usually execution time or memory space), is bounded by an exponential function of the problem size, n. More formally if there exists k > 1 such that m(n) = *Θ(k ^{n})* and there exists c such that m(n) =

**See also**
*logarithmic*, *linear*, *polynomial*, *moderately exponential*.

Author: PEB

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Paul E. Black, "exponential", in
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