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2. The Traveling Salesrep problem is the task of finding the shortest route that starts from City A, passes through all other cities on the salesrep's list, and returns to City A. An instance of the Traveling Salesrep problem is a specific list of cities and the distances between any pair of cities. 3. The 3-Coloring problem is the task of coloring a given map with just three colors in such a way that no two neighboring regions have the same color, if it is possible to do so. Actually, it is more natural to study the problem of coloring a graph rather than a map, because that is more general (see Exercise 4 below).

Estimate the time required to compute n ! Solution. We use the following algorithm. First multiply 2 b y 3, then the result by 4, then the result of that by 5, ... , until you get to n. At the (j - 1 )-th step you're multiplying j ! by j + 1 . ) by the next integer. The partial product will start to be very large. As a worst case estimate for the number of bits it has, let's take the number of binary digits in the last product, namely, in n ! 2, length(n ! ) = O(n In n). Thus, in each of the n - 2 multiplications in the computation of n !

In a 3-Coloring problem with m vertices, if we suppose that the vertices are labeled from 1 to m, the input may be regarded as a subset of the set of pairs (i , j), 1 :::; i < j S m. That is, the input is a graph G = (V, E), where V is the vertex set { 1 , . , m } and E C { ( i, j) h :S i < j :S m is the set of edges. In order to give the definitions of P and NP, we first have to modify our problems so that they are "decision problems". A decision problem is a problem whose solution (output) consists of a yes-or-no answer.