- For the car, see Renault Espace
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1. Renault Espace – The Renault Espace is a mid-size luxury crossover from Renault. Generations 1–3 were sold under the Renault brand but manufactured by Matra, the Renault Grand Espace is a long-wheelbase version with increased rear leg room and boot size. The name Espace means space in French, the car is often considered to be the first MPV, but previous vehicles had similar designs. In February 2012, the Espace was retired in the United Kingdom, the Espaces design was originally conceived in the 1970s by the British designer Fergus Pollock, who was working for Chrysler UK, at its design centre at Whitley in Coventry. Later, Matra, which was affiliated with Simca, the then French subsidiary of Chrysler, was involved in partnership in the design, the Espace was originally intended to be sold as a Talbot, and to be a replacement for the Matra Rancho leisure activity vehicle. Early prototypes used Simca parts, and hence featured a grille reminiscent of the Simca 1307. In 1978, six years before the Espace went into production, Chrysler UK and Simca were sold to the French company PSA Peugeot Citroën, which phased out Simca within a decade because of falling sales. PSA decided the Espace was too expensive and too risky a design to put into production, so it was given to Matra, the Matra concept became the Renault Espace. The design featured a body mounted on a warm-galvanised steel chassis, using the same technique. The introduction of the Espace required the relatively small factory to cease the production of the Murena to make room for the Espace, the Espace was eventually launched by Renault in July 1984. After a slow start - a mere nine Espaces were sold in the first month - consumers realised the benefits of the MPV concept and it was sold in the United Kingdom from August 1985. In 1984, American Motors Corporation announced it would begin to market the front-wheel-drive Espace in the United States, the minivan was exhibited to consumers at the 1985 Chicago Auto Show, but AMCs negotiations with Matra continued over the vehicles import pricing. Plans for the Espace to be launched in the U. S. ended with the purchase of AMC by Chrysler. In 2004, BBCs motoring show Top Gear set up a race between two Espaces, a Toyota Previa, a Toyota MasterAce, a Mitsubishi Space Wagon, the Espaces came first and second. Building upon its success, the Espace was revamped in 1988 with most of the Talbot/Simca content being replaced by equivalent Renault parts, the chassis and mechanical components of the car remained largely unchanged. Along with the changes in design, a four-wheel drive version called Quadra was also introduced, a heavily revised Espace was launched in 1991, adopting the Renault family look, to replace the Talbot–themed styling of the original. This was essentially a re-skin of the car, with a new dashboard. In an episode of Top Gear, then–presenter Jeremy Clarkson referred to this generation as probably the best of the MPVs, however, he went on to say but thats like saying, Oh good, Ive got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases
2. Computational complexity theory – A problem is regarded as inherently difficult if its solution requires significant resources, whatever the algorithm used. The theory formalizes this intuition, by introducing mathematical models of computation to study these problems and quantifying the amount of resources needed to solve them, such as time and storage. Other complexity measures are used, such as the amount of communication, the number of gates in a circuit. One of the roles of computational complexity theory is to determine the limits on what computers can. Closely related fields in computer science are analysis of algorithms. More precisely, computational complexity theory tries to classify problems that can or cannot be solved with appropriately restricted resources, a computational problem can be viewed as an infinite collection of instances together with a solution for every instance. The input string for a problem is referred to as a problem instance. In computational complexity theory, a problem refers to the question to be solved. In contrast, an instance of this problem is a rather concrete utterance, for example, consider the problem of primality testing. The instance is a number and the solution is yes if the number is prime, stated another way, the instance is a particular input to the problem, and the solution is the output corresponding to the given input. For this reason, complexity theory addresses computational problems and not particular problem instances, when considering computational problems, a problem instance is a string over an alphabet. Usually, the alphabet is taken to be the binary alphabet, as in a real-world computer, mathematical objects other than bitstrings must be suitably encoded. For example, integers can be represented in binary notation, and graphs can be encoded directly via their adjacency matrices and this can be achieved by ensuring that different representations can be transformed into each other efficiently. Decision problems are one of the objects of study in computational complexity theory. A decision problem is a type of computational problem whose answer is either yes or no. A decision problem can be viewed as a language, where the members of the language are instances whose output is yes. The objective is to decide, with the aid of an algorithm, if the algorithm deciding this problem returns the answer yes, the algorithm is said to accept the input string, otherwise it is said to reject the input. An example of a problem is the following
3. Decision problem – In computability theory and computational complexity theory, a decision problem is a question in some formal system that can be posed as a yes-no question, dependent on the input values. For example, the given two numbers x and y, does x evenly divide y. is a decision problem. The answer can be yes or no, and depends upon the values of x and y. A method for solving a problem, given in the form of an algorithm, is called a decision procedure for that problem. A decision procedure for the problem given two numbers x and y, does x evenly divide y. would give the steps for determining whether x evenly divides y. One such algorithm is long division, taught to school children. If the remainder is zero the answer produced is yes, otherwise it is no, a decision problem which can be solved by an algorithm, such as this example, is called decidable. The field of computational complexity categorizes decidable decision problems by how difficult they are to solve, difficult, in this sense, is described in terms of the computational resources needed by the most efficient algorithm for a certain problem. The field of theory, meanwhile, categorizes undecidable decision problems by Turing degree. A decision problem is any arbitrary yes-or-no question on a set of inputs. Because of this, it is traditional to define the decision problem equivalently as and these inputs can be natural numbers, but may also be values of some other kind, such as strings over the binary alphabet or over some other finite set of symbols. The subset of strings for which the problem returns yes is a formal language, alternatively, using an encoding such as Gödel numberings, any string can be encoded as a natural number, via which a decision problem can be defined as a subset of the natural numbers. A classic example of a decision problem is the set of prime numbers. It is possible to decide whether a given natural number is prime by testing every possible nontrivial factor. Although much more efficient methods of primality testing are known, the existence of any method is enough to establish decidability. A decision problem A is called decidable or effectively solvable if A is a recursive set, a problem is called partially decidable, semidecidable, solvable, or provable if A is a recursively enumerable set. Problems that are not decidable are called undecidable, the halting problem is an important undecidable decision problem, for more examples, see list of undecidable problems. Decision problems can be ordered according to many-one reducibility and related to feasible reductions such as polynomial-time reductions
4. Turing machine – Despite the models simplicity, given any computer algorithm, a Turing machine can be constructed that is capable of simulating that algorithms logic. The machine operates on an infinite memory tape divided into discrete cells, the machine positions its head over a cell and reads the symbol there. The Turing machine was invented in 1936 by Alan Turing, who called it an a-machine, thus, Turing machines prove fundamental limitations on the power of mechanical computation. Turing completeness is the ability for a system of instructions to simulate a Turing machine, a Turing machine is a general example of a CPU that controls all data manipulation done by a computer, with the canonical machine using sequential memory to store data. More specifically, it is a capable of enumerating some arbitrary subset of valid strings of an alphabet. Assuming a black box, the Turing machine cannot know whether it will eventually enumerate any one specific string of the subset with a given program and this is due to the fact that the halting problem is unsolvable, which has major implications for the theoretical limits of computing. The Turing machine is capable of processing an unrestricted grammar, which implies that it is capable of robustly evaluating first-order logic in an infinite number of ways. This is famously demonstrated through lambda calculus, a Turing machine that is able to simulate any other Turing machine is called a universal Turing machine. The thesis states that Turing machines indeed capture the notion of effective methods in logic and mathematics. Studying their abstract properties yields many insights into computer science and complexity theory, at any moment there is one symbol in the machine, it is called the scanned symbol. The machine can alter the scanned symbol, and its behavior is in part determined by that symbol, however, the tape can be moved back and forth through the machine, this being one of the elementary operations of the machine. Any symbol on the tape may therefore eventually have an innings, the Turing machine mathematically models a machine that mechanically operates on a tape. On this tape are symbols, which the machine can read and write, one at a time, in the original article, Turing imagines not a mechanism, but a person whom he calls the computer, who executes these deterministic mechanical rules slavishly. If δ is not defined on the current state and the current tape symbol, Q0 ∈ Q is the initial state F ⊆ Q is the set of final or accepting states. The initial tape contents is said to be accepted by M if it eventually halts in a state from F, Anything that operates according to these specifications is a Turing machine. The 7-tuple for the 3-state busy beaver looks like this, Q = Γ = b =0 Σ = q 0 = A F = δ = see state-table below Initially all tape cells are marked with 0. In the words of van Emde Boas, p.6, The set-theoretical object provides only partial information on how the machine will behave and what its computations will look like. For instance, There will need to be many decisions on what the symbols actually look like, and a failproof way of reading and writing symbols indefinitely
5. Big O notation – Big O notation is a mathematical notation that describes the limiting behavior of a function when the argument tends towards a particular value or infinity. It is a member of a family of notations invented by Paul Bachmann, Edmund Landau, in computer science, big O notation is used to classify algorithms according to how their running time or space requirements grow as the input size grows. Big O notation characterizes functions according to their rates, different functions with the same growth rate may be represented using the same O notation. The letter O is used because the rate of a function is also referred to as order of the function. A description of a function in terms of big O notation usually only provides a bound on the growth rate of the function. Associated with big O notation are several related notations, using the symbols o, Ω, ω, Big O notation is also used in many other fields to provide similar estimates. Let f and g be two functions defined on some subset of the real numbers. That is, f = O if and only if there exists a real number M. In many contexts, the assumption that we are interested in the rate as the variable x goes to infinity is left unstated. If f is a product of several factors, any constants can be omitted, for example, let f = 6x4 − 2x3 +5, and suppose we wish to simplify this function, using O notation, to describe its growth rate as x approaches infinity. This function is the sum of three terms, 6x4, −2x3, and 5, of these three terms, the one with the highest growth rate is the one with the largest exponent as a function of x, namely 6x4. Now one may apply the rule, 6x4 is a product of 6. Omitting this factor results in the simplified form x4, thus, we say that f is a big-oh of. Mathematically, we can write f = O, one may confirm this calculation using the formal definition, let f = 6x4 − 2x3 +5 and g = x4. Applying the formal definition from above, the statement that f = O is equivalent to its expansion, | f | ≤ M | x 4 | for some choice of x0 and M. To prove this, let x0 =1 and M =13, Big O notation has two main areas of application. In mathematics, it is used to describe how closely a finite series approximates a given function. In computer science, it is useful in the analysis of algorithms, in both applications, the function g appearing within the O is typically chosen to be as simple as possible, omitting constant factors and lower order terms
6. Theoretical computer science – It is not easy to circumscribe the theoretical areas precisely. Work in this field is often distinguished by its emphasis on mathematical technique, despite this broad scope, the theory people in computer science self-identify as different from the applied people. Some characterize themselves as doing the science underlying the field of computing, other theory-applied people suggest that it is impossible to separate theory and application. This means that the theory people regularly use experimental science done in less-theoretical areas such as software system research. It also means there is more cooperation than mutually exclusive competition between theory and application. These developments have led to the study of logic and computability. Information theory was added to the field with a 1948 mathematical theory of communication by Claude Shannon, in the same decade, Donald Hebb introduced a mathematical model of learning in the brain. With mounting biological data supporting this hypothesis with some modification, the fields of neural networks, in 1971, Stephen Cook and, working independently, Leonid Levin, proved that there exist practically relevant problems that are NP-complete – a landmark result in computational complexity theory. With the development of mechanics in the beginning of the 20th century came the concept that mathematical operations could be performed on an entire particle wavefunction. In other words, one could compute functions on multiple states simultaneously, modern theoretical computer science research is based on these basic developments, but includes many other mathematical and interdisciplinary problems that have been posed. An algorithm is a procedure for calculations. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function. The transition from one state to the next is not necessarily deterministic, some algorithms, known as randomized algorithms, a data structure is a particular way of organizing data in a computer so that it can be used efficiently. Different kinds of structures are suited to different kinds of applications. For example, databases use B-tree indexes for small percentages of data retrieval and compilers, data structures provide a means to manage large amounts of data efficiently for uses such as large databases and internet indexing services. Usually, efficient data structures are key to designing efficient algorithms, some formal design methods and programming languages emphasize data structures, rather than algorithms, as the key organizing factor in software design. Storing and retrieving can be carried out on data stored in main memory and in secondary memory. A problem is regarded as inherently difficult if its solution requires significant resources, the theory formalizes this intuition, by introducing mathematical models of computation to study these problems and quantifying the amount of resources needed to solve them, such as time and storage