What is problem?

  • (noun): A question raised for consideration or solution.
    Example: "Our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
    See also — Additional definitions below


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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Some articles on problem:

Necklace Problem
... The necklace problem is a problem in recreational mathematics, solved in the early 21st century ...
Y2K Problem - Background
... common abbreviation for the year 2000 software problem ... (rather than literal) 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 ...
Divide And Conquer Algorithm
... 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 ... is the basis of efficient algorithms for all kinds of problems, such as sorting (e.g ...
Hamiltonian Path Problem
... of graph theory the Hamiltonian path problem and the Hamiltonian cycle problem are problems of determining whether a Hamiltonian path or a Hamiltonian ... Both problems are NP-complete ...
Hilbert's Nullstellensatz - Effective Nullstellensatz
... 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 solved by usual linear algebra ... 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 Nullstellensatz, at least for the weak form ...

More definitions of "problem":

  • (noun): A source of difficulty.
    Example: "What's the problem?"
    Synonyms: trouble
  • (noun): A state of difficulty that needs to be resolved.
    Synonyms: job

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    I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.
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