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That's exactly what I'm saying. Your first algorithm has quadratic growth (not exponential). The second algorithm has linear growth. It's a linear cost in the smaller array to load up the hash and then a linear cost in the larger array to do all the look-ups.
By the way: exponential growth would be O(n^m). Your original algorithm is polynomial, or quadratic to be precise O(n^2).
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