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How to determine if the functions $\log(n + 1)$ and $\log(n^2 + 1)$ are $\mathcal{O}(\log n)$?

Are the functions $\log(n + 1)$ and $\log(n^2 + 1)$ $\mathcal{O}(\log n)$?

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Yes. Just take c=3 in the definition of big $\mathcal{O}$.

$\log(n^3)=3 \log(n)$ dominate both..

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Just use the fact that if

$$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{f(n)}{g(n)} = c, $$ then


For instance,

$$ \lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{\ln(n^2+1)}{\ln(n)}=2 \implies \ln(n^2+1)=O(\ln(n)).$$

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Also, for any fixed positive reals $a, b, c$, $\log(an^b+c) = O(\log(n))$

To prove this, note that, for any fixed positive reals $a, b, c$, $an^b+c = an^b(1+c/(an^b)) < 2an^b $ for $c < a n^b$ or $n > (c/a)^{1/b}$.

Thus, for such $n$, $\log(an^b+c) < \log(2a n^b) < \log(n^{b+1}) = (b+1)\log(n) $ for $n > 2a$.

So, if $n > \max(2a, (c/a)^{1/b})$, $\log(an^b+c) < (b+1)\log(n) $ so $\log(an^b+c) = O(\log(n)) $.

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