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For the general case of an arbitrary number of 

input sequences, the problem is NP-hard. When the number of sequences is constant, the problem is solvable in polynomial time by dynamic programming (see Solution below). Assume you have NNsequences of lengths { n_{1},...,n_{N}}n_{1},...,n_{N}. A 

naive search would test each of the { 2^{n_{1}}}2^{n_{1}}subsequences of the first sequence to determine whether they are also subsequences of the remaining sequences; each subsequence may be tested in time linear in the lengths of the remaining sequences, so the time for this algorithm would be


O\left(2^{n_{1}}\sum _{i>1}n_{i}\right).

For the case of two sequences of n and elements, the running time of the dynamic programming approach is O(n × m)

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