A **problem** is an obstacle, impediment, difficulty or challenge, or any situation that invites resolution; the resolution of which is recognized as a solution or contribution toward a known purpose or goal. A problem implies a desired outcome coupled with an apparent deficiency, doubt or inconsistency that prevents the outcome from taking place.

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**Problem**

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**problem**is a

**problem**in recreational mathematics, solved in the early 21st century ...

... A divide and conquer algorithm works by recursively breaking down a

**problem**into two or more sub-

**problems**of the same (or related) type, until these become simple enough to be solved directly ... The solutions to the sub-

**problems**are then combined to give a solution to the original

**problem**... This technique is the basis of efficient algorithms for all kinds of

**problems**, such as sorting (e.g ...

... To solve this

**problem**, it suffices to provide an upper bound on the total degree of the such a bound reduces the

**problem**to a finite system of linear equations that may be ... A related

**problem**is the ideal membership

**problem**, which consists in testing if a polynomial belongs to an ideal ... For this

**problem**also, a solution is provided by a upper bound on the degree of the A general solution of the ideal membership

**problem**provides an effective ...

**Problem**

... In the mathematical field of graph theory the Hamiltonian path

**problem**and the Hamiltonian cycle

**problem**are

**problems**of determining whether a Hamiltonian path or a ... Both

**problems**are NP-complete ...

**Problem**- Background

... Y2K is a numeronym and was the common abbreviation for the year 2000 software

**problem**... roll-over of the millennium, even though the

**problem**could have occurred at the end of any ordinary century ... The Year 2000

**problem**was the subject of the early book, Computers in Crisis by Jerome and Marilyn Murray (Petrocelli, 1984 reissued by McGraw-Hill under the title The Year 2000 Computing Crisis in 1996) ...

### Famous quotes containing the word problem:

“[How] the young . . . can grow from the primitive to the civilized, from emotional anarchy to the disciplined freedom of maturity without losing the joy of spontaneity and the peace of self-honesty is a *problem* of education that no school and no culture have ever solved.”

—Leontine Young (20th century)

“If a *problem* is insoluble, it is Necessity. Leave it alone.”

—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

“The *problem* for the King is just how strict

The lack of liberty, the squeeze of the law

And discipline should be in school and state....”

—Robert Frost (1874–1963)