# A terminological proposal

@article{Knuth1974ATP, title={A terminological proposal}, author={Donald Ervin Knuth}, journal={SIGACT News}, year={1974}, volume={6}, pages={12-18} }

While preparing a book on combinatorial algorithms, I felt a strong need for a new technical term, a word which is essentially a one-sided version of polynomial complete. A great many problems of practical interest have the property that they are at least as difficult to solve in polynomial time as those of the Cook-Karp class KP. I needed an adjective to convey such a degree of difficulty, both formally and informally; and since the range of practical applications is so broad, I felt it would…

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