Putting together the length DFT from the length- DFTs in a radix-2 FFT, the only multiplies needed are those used to combine two small DFTs to make a DFT twice as long, as in Eq.(A.1). Since there are approximately (complex) multiplies needed for each stage of the DIT decomposition, and only stages of DIT (where denotes the log-base-2 of ), we see that the total number of multiplies for a length DFT is reduced from to , where means ``on the order of ''. More precisely, a complexity of means that given any implementation of a length- radix-2 FFT, there exist a constant and integer such that the computational complexity satisfies
for all . In summary, the complexity of the radix-2 FFT is said to be ``N log N'', or .