# Change Of Variable Recurrence Relation

Solve Recurrence Relation Using Change Of Variable Method

There are many ways to solve a recurrence relation runtime. One way to do this is a method called “change of variable”. Domain transformations can sometimes be used to substitute a function for the argument of the relation and make it easier to solve. The idea is to select a function for S(m), when given T(n).

Let’s look at an example:

Let’s rewrite the equation by substituting m=log n, and then plug it back in to the recurrence to get the following:

Now we will create a new function called ‘S’ that takes in a parameter ‘m’ such that S(m) = T(2^m).

This means that S(m) = 2T( 2^(m/2) ) + m.

If S(m) = T(2^m) then S(m-1) = T(2^(m-1)) and S(m/2) = T(2^(m/2)), so we can rewrite our function to get the following:

Now we can use another technique like the Master Theorem to solve for ‘S’. Once we use this technique we easily see that ‘S’ belongs to O(m log m).

This means that our original function ‘T’ belongs to O(log n * log ( log n) ), since we can simply replace ‘m’ with ‘log n’ because m=log n

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