Computing with Advice: when Knowledge Helps

Stefan Dobrev, Rastislav Kralovic, Richard Kralovic, The Distributed Computing Column, by P. Fatourou


In several areas of computer science the possibility and efficiency of the solution is determined by information that is not accessible to the algorithm. Traditionally, a qualitative approach to the study of this information has been pursued, in which the impact of enhancing the algorithm with various specific types of information has been studied. Recently, a number of authors have proposed a quantitative approach, where the amount of the added information is studied in relation with the improvement of the quality or efficiency of the solution. We survey several recent examples of this approach from the area of distributed and online computing.

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