## A theory of complexity for continuous time systems (2002)

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@ARTICLE{Ben-hur02atheory,

author = {Asa Ben-hur and Hava T. Siegelmann},

title = {A theory of complexity for continuous time systems},

journal = {Journal of Complexity},

year = {2002},

volume = {18},

pages = {51--86}

}

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### Abstract

We present a model of computation with ordinary differential equations (ODEs) which converge to attractors that are interpreted as the output of a computation. We introduce a measure of complexity for exponentially convergent ODEs, enabling an algorithmic analysis of continuous time flows and their comparison with discrete algorithms. We define polynomial and logarithmic continuous time complexity classes and show that an ODE which solves the maximum network flow problem has polynomial time complexity. We also analyze a simple flow that solves the Maximum problem in logarithmic time. We conjecture that a subclass of the continuous P is equivalent to the classical P. 2001 Elsevier Science (USA) Key Words: theory of analog computation; dynamical systems.