**Problem Detail:**

I am trying to understand the definition / meaning of reduction.

Is it correct to say that the statement "Problem $A$ reduces to Problem $B$ in $x$-time" is the same as writing $A \leq_{x} B$? For example $\text{SAT} \leq_{polynomial} \text{3-SAT}$.

If we are reducing problem $A$ to $B$ in $x$-time, does it mean that you take an instance in problem $A$, and modify it such that it becomes a valid input for problem $B$, such that the modification is done with $x$ time complexity?

###### Asked By : Nakano

###### Answered By : 1-approximation

As far as I know, the first point is correct. For the second point you missed the fact that "solve $A$ with the given instance iff solve $B$ with the created instance".

Question Source : http://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/52294

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