anonymous
  • anonymous
I am supposed to decide whether an arbitrary computer program finishes running or runs forever
MIT 6.00 Intro Computer Science (OCW)
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anonymous
  • anonymous
You can either do an algorithm analysis to check whether or not you are running into a infinite loop or you could try it out empirically. So yeah, in general, it's your call to decide whether or not the program is running forever.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Given that you are given the data you should be able to "dry run" the program. Infinite loops are not desireable.
anonymous
  • anonymous
bmp is right, but to know for certain you need to do the algorithm analysis - check all of your for and while loops etc. and make sure each test terminates.

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