Definition: A theorem showing that two complexity classes are distinct. Most separation theorems have been proved by diagonalization.
See also simulation theorem.
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, "separation theorem", 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/separatnthrm.html