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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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 ... 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 ...
Y2K Problem - Background
... 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 ...
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 ... The solutions to the sub-problems are then combined to give a solution to the original problem ... the basis of efficient algorithms for all kinds of problems, such as sorting (e.g ...
Necklace Problem
... The necklace problem is a problem in recreational mathematics, solved in the early 21st century ...
Hamiltonian Path Problem
... field of graph theory the Hamiltonian path problem and the Hamiltonian cycle problem are problems of determining whether a Hamiltonian path or a Hamiltonian cycle exists in a given graph (whether ... Both problems are NP-complete ...

More definitions of "problem":

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

Famous quotes containing the word problem:

    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)

    [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)

    Most childhood problems don’t result from “bad” parenting, but are the inevitable result of the growing that parents and children do together. The point isn’t to head off these problems or find ways around them, but rather to work through them together and in doing so to develop a relationship of mutual trust to rely on when the next problem comes along.
    Fred Rogers (20th century)