In computational complexity theory, the complexity class ELEMENTARY of elementary recursive functions is the union of the classes in the exponential hierarchy.

 \begin{matrix} \mathrm{ELEMENTARY} & = & \mathrm{EXP}\cup\mathrm{2EXP}\cup\mathrm{3EXP}\cup\cdots \\ & = & \mathrm{DTIME}(2^{n})\cup\mathrm{DTIME}(2^{2^{n}})\cup \mathrm{DTIME}(2^{2^{2^{n}}})\cup\cdots \end{matrix}

The name was coined by László Kalmár, in the context of recursive functions and undecidability; most problems in it are far from elementary. Some natural recursive problems lie outside ELEMENTARY, and are thus NONELEMENTARY. Most notably, there are primitive recursive problems which are not in ELEMENTARY. We know


Whereas ELEMENTARY contains bounded applications of exponentiation (for example, ), PR allows more general hyper operators (for example, tetration) which are not contained in ELEMENTARY.

Read more about ELEMENTARY:  Definition, Lower Elementary Recursive Functions, Basis For ELEMENTARY, Descriptive Characterization

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