Packing problems are a class of optimization problems in which one has to pack objects together as densely as possible. One could be for example packing rectangles inside a rectangle.

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Equally distributed/packed spheres within a sphere

I need to equally distribute a variable number of spheres within a larger sphere (the volume of the spheres depends on how many there are). Are there any algorithms for doing this? An approximate ...
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Largest N squares that fit in a rectangle

I was working on a project and I needed to display N squares inside a rectangle area and I want them to be as large as possible, no rotations. More formally: Problem: Given N equal-sized squares and ...
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How can we design an efficient warehouse management program?

Assume that we want to develop a warehouse management system, which picks up plastic boxes and stacks them on a pallet. A pallet has a maximum of 5 vertical box stacks and the maximum height of a box ...
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Adversarial bin packing

An adversary gives you a set of items whose total size is $x$ (he gets to choose how $x$ is distributed. e.g. there may be $k-1$ items of size $\frac{x}{k}$ and 2 items of size $\frac{x}{2k}$). The ...
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Set packing variant

There are n collections of M sets. Pick a single set from each collection, such that all n picked sets are pairwise disjoint. This problem can be converted to the ...
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Equivalence of independent set and set packing

According to Wikipedia, the Independent Set problem is a special case of the Set Packing problem. But, it seems to me that these problems are equivalent. The Independent Set search problem is: given ...
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guillotine cuts versus general cuts

Cutting problems are problems where a certain large object should be cut to several small objects. For example, imagine you have a factory that works with large boards of raw glass, of width W and ...
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Is the 0-1 Knapsack problem where value equals weight NP-complete?

I have a problem which I suspect is NP-complete. It is easy to prove that it is NP. My current train of thought revolves around using a reduction from knapsack but it would result in instances of ...
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Relaxed Bin Packing Problem

The problem I have is like this bin packing problem, but instead I have $n$ bins and a collection of items with discrete masses. I need to put at least $m$ kg of stuff in each bin. Is there an ...
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How to pack polygons inside another polygon?

I have ordered a few leather sheets from which I would like to build juggling balls by sewing edges together. I'm using the Platonic solids for the shape of the balls. I can scan the leather sheets ...
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Relations between the knapsack problem, the bin packing problem, and the set packing problem?

I wonder what relations are between the knapsack problem, the bin packing problem and the set packing problem? From their mathematical formulations, I don't see the first two belong to the third one ...
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How to devise an algorithm to arrange (resizable) windows on the screen to cover as much space as possible?

I would like to write a simple program that accepts a set of windows (width+height) and the screen resolution and outputs an arrangement of those windows on the screen such that the windows take the ...