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.
If you have suggestions, corrections, or comments, please get in touch with Paul Black.
Entry modified 17 December 2004.
HTML page formatted Fri Feb 23 10:06:08 2018.
Cite this as:
Sandeep Kumar Shukla, "optimal", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/optimal.html