Quadratic $O(n^2)$ algorithms can be problematic for large datasets. Here are some strategies to optimize them:

Are you doing any redundant calculations within the loops? Can any work be moved outside the loops? For example:

```
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
for (int j = 0; j < n; j++) {
result = doSomeWork(i, j);
}
}
```

If `doSomeWork`

does not depend on `j`

, it can be moved to the outer loop, reducing complexity to $O(n)$.

Quadratic algorithms often involve searching for elements. Using a data structure with faster search, like a hash table, can reduce complexity. For example:

```
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
if (set.count(i)) {
// do something
}
}
```

If `set`

is a hash table, checking for the existence of an element is $O(1)$ on average, reducing overall complexity to $O(n)$.

Algorithms like merge sort and quick sort use divide and conquer to achieve $O(n log n)$ complexity. If applicable, consider if your problem can be broken into smaller subproblems.

If your problem has overlapping subproblems, dynamic programming can avoid redundant calculations by storing results.

Approximation algorithms can often provide good enough results in $O(n)$ or even $O(1)$ time.

Remember, optimizing algorithms is about making trade-offs. Improving time complexity often comes at the cost of increased space complexity or code complexity. Choose the right balance for your specific problem and constraints.

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