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Imamuzzaki Abu Salam

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# Big O Notation in JavaScript

Big O Notation, collectively called Bachmann-Landau notation or asymptotic notation, is a way to describe the performance of an algorithm. It is used to describe the worst-case scenario of an algorithm. It is used to compare the performance of different algorithms. It describes the implementation of an algorithm in terms of the input size.

Big O notation characterizes functions according to their growth rates: tasks with the same growth rate are considered to be of the same order. It is a mathematical notation that describes the limiting behavior of a function when the argument tends towards a particular value or infinity. It is used to classify algorithms according to how their run time or space requirements grow as the input size grows. The letter O is used because the growth rate of a function is also called its order.

# Iteration

## For loop

``````for (let i = 0; i < n; i++) {
console.log(i)
}
``````

The above code will run n times. The time complexity of this code is O(n).

## While loop

``````let i = 0
while (i < n) {
console.log(i)
i++
}
``````

The above code will run n times. The time complexity of this code is O(n).

## Do while loop

``````let i = 0
do {
console.log(i)
i++
} while (i < n)
``````

The above code will run n times. The time complexity of this code is O(n).

# Recursion

## Factorial

``````function factorial(n) {
if (n === 0) {
return 1
}
return n * factorial(n - 1)
}
``````

The above code will run n times. The time complexity of this code is O(n).

## Fibonacci

``````function fibonacci(n) {
if (n <= 1) {
return n
}
return fibonacci(n - 1) + fibonacci(n - 2)
}
``````

The above code will run n times. The time complexity of this code is O(n).

# Searching

## Linear search

``````function linearSearch(arr, value) {
for (let i = 0; i < arr.length; i++) {
if (arr[i] === value) {
return i
}
}
return -1
}
``````

The above code will run n times. The time complexity of this code is O(n).

## Binary search

``````function binarySearch(arr, value) {
let start = 0
let end = arr.length - 1
let middle = Math.floor((start + end) / 2)
while (arr[middle] !== value && start <= end) {
if (value < arr[middle]) {
end = middle - 1
} else {
start = middle + 1
}
middle = Math.floor((start + end) / 2)
}
if (arr[middle] === value) {
return middle
}
return -1
}
``````

The above code will run log(n) times. The time complexity of this code is O(log(n)).

# Sorting

## Bubble sort

``````function bubbleSort(arr) {
for (let i = arr.length; i > 0; i--) {
for (let j = 0; j < i - 1; j++) {
if (arr[j] > arr[j + 1]) {
let temp = arr[j]
arr[j] = arr[j + 1]
arr[j + 1] = temp
}
}
}
return arr
}
``````

The above code will run n^2 times. The time complexity of this code is O(n^2).

## Selection sort

``````function selectionSort(arr) {
for (let i = 0; i < arr.length; i++) {
let lowest = i
for (let j = i + 1; j < arr.length; j++) {
if (arr[j] < arr[lowest]) {
lowest = j
}
}
if (i !== lowest) {
let temp = arr[i]
arr[i] = arr[lowest]
arr[lowest] = temp
}
}
return arr
}
``````

The above code will run n^2 times. The time complexity of this code is O(n^2).

## Insertion sort

``````function insertionSort(arr) {
for (let i = 1; i < arr.length; i++) {
let currentVal = arr[i]
for (var j = i - 1; j >= 0 && arr[j] > currentVal; j--) {
arr[j + 1] = arr[j]
}
arr[j + 1] = currentVal
}
return arr
}
``````

The above code will run n^2 times. The time complexity of this code is O(n^2).

## Merge sort

``````function mergeSort(arr) {
if (arr.length <= 1) return arr
let mid = Math.floor(arr.length / 2)
let left = mergeSort(arr.slice(0, mid))
let right = mergeSort(arr.slice(mid))
return merge(left, right)
}

function merge(left, right) {
let results = []
let i = 0
let j = 0
while (i < left.length && j < right.length) {
if (left[i] < right[j]) {
results.push(left[i])
i++
} else {
results.push(right[j])
j++
}
}
while (i < left.length) {
results.push(left[i])
i++
}
while (j < right.length) {
results.push(right[j])
j++
}
return results
}
``````

The above code will run n log(n) times. The time complexity of this code is O(n log(n)).

## Quick sort

``````function pivot(arr, start = 0, end = arr.length + 1) {
let pivot = arr[start]
let swapIdx = start
function swap(array, i, j) {
let temp = array[i]
array[i] = array[j]
array[j] = temp
}
for (let i = start + 1; i < arr.length; i++) {
if (pivot > arr[i]) {
swapIdx++
swap(arr, swapIdx, i)
}
}
swap(arr, start, swapIdx)
return swapIdx
}

function quickSort(arr, left = 0, right = arr.length - 1) {
if (left < right) {
let pivotIndex = pivot(arr, left, right)
quickSort(arr, left, pivotIndex - 1)
quickSort(arr, pivotIndex + 1, right)
}
return arr
}
``````

The above code will run n log(n) times. The time complexity of this code is O(n log(n)).

# Tips for Big O

• Arithmetic operations are constant
• Variable assignment is constant
• Accessing elements in an array (by index) or object (by key) is constant
• In a loop, the complexity is the length of the loop times the complexity of whatever happens inside of the loop