ACE

ACE: an automatic complexity evaluator. There has been a great deal of research done on the evaluation of the complexity of particular algorithms; little effort, however, has been devoted to the mechanization of this evaluation. The ACE (Automatic Complexity Evaluator) system is able to analyze reasonably large programs, like sorting programs, in a fully mechanical way. A time-complexity function is derived from the initial functional program. This function is transformed into its nonrecursive equivalent according to MacCarthy’s recursion induction principle, using a predefined library of recursive definitions. As the complexity is not a decidable property, this transformation will not be possible in all cases. The richer the predefined library is, the more likely the system is to succeed. The operations performed by ACE are described and the use of the system is illustrated with the analysis of a sorting algorithm. Related works and further improvements are discussed in the conclusion.