Polylogarithmic function

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A polylogarithmic function in n is a polynomial in the logarithm of n,

The notation is often used as a shorthand for , analogous to for .

In computer science, polylogarithmic functions occur as the order of time or memory used by some algorithms (e.g., "it has polylogarithmic order").

All polylogarithmic functions of are for every exponent ε > 0 (for the meaning of this symbol, see small o notation), that is, a polylogarithmic function grows more slowly than any positive exponent. This observation is the basis for the soft O notation Õ(n).


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