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double foo(int n)
    int i;
    double sum;
    if(n == 0)
        return 1.0;
        sum = 0.0;
        for(i = 0; i < n; i++)
            sum += foo(i);
        return sum;


Suppose we modify the above function foo() and stores the value of foo(i) 0 <= i < n, as and when they are computed. With this modification the time complexity for function foo() is significantly reduced. The space complexity of the modified function would be:

  1. $O(1)$
  2. $O(n)$
  3. $O(n^2)$
  4. $n!$
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here time complexity is reduced bcz in it we have all value of foo(i) for 0 <=i <n  but to store these value obviously we need extra space i.e we required an array of size n  which holds the value of foo(i)  for i=0 to n so this will take addditionaly o(n) space . or more oer if u reduce the time by some modification that means space will take place

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The modification being proposed is tabulation method of Dynamic Programming.

So let we have an auxillary array which stores the value of foo(i) once it is computed and can be used at later stage .So foo(i) is not called again , instead lookup from the table takes place. It would be something like :

#include <stdio.h>
#define max 1000
int foo[max];
foo(int n) {
	if(foo[n] == -1) //compute it and store at foo[n] and return
	else // return foo[n] directly
int main(void) {
	//initialize all elements of foo[max] to -1  
	return 0;

Using this approach , we need an auxillary array of size $n$ to store foo(i) where $i$ ranges from $0$ to $ n-1$.

So space complexity of this method =   $O(n)$ And function foo(n) computes $2^{n-1}$

Hence the correct option should be B)

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