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Questions tagged [algorithms]

An algorithm is a sequence of well-defined steps that defines an abstract solution to a problem. Use this tag when your issue is related to design and analysis of algorithms.

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Algorithm to test whether a language is regular

Is there an algorithm/systematic procedure to test whether a language is regular? In other words, given a language specified in algebraic form (think of something like $L=\{a^n b^n : n \in \mathbb{N}\...
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minimum subset of dominating 2D points

From an initial set $S$ of 2D points, how to efficiently compute a minimum(-size) dominating subset $M$ ? $M$ is a dominating subset of $S$ if for any $(x,y)$ in $S$ there is at least one point (a,b) ...
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The stable marriage algorithm with asymmetric arrays

I have a question about the stable marriage algorithm, for what I know it can only be used when I have arrays with the same number of elements for building the preference and the ranking matrices. ...
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Is there an algorithm to find all the shortest paths between two nodes?

Given a directed graph, Dijkstra or Bellman-Ford can tell you the shortest path between two nodes. What if there are two (or n) paths that are shortest, is there an algorithm that will tell you all ...
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Time complexity formula of nested loops

I've just begun this stage 2 Compsci paper on algorithms, and stuff like this is not my strong point. I've come across this in my lecture slides. ...
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Dijkstra's algorithm to compute shortest paths using k edges?

I am aware of using Bellman-Ford on a graph $G=(V,E)$ with no negative cycles to find the single-source single-destination shortest paths from source $s$ to target $t$ (both in $V$) using at most $k$ ...
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Find the longest path from root to leaf in a tree

I have a tree (in the graph theory sense), such as the following example: This is a directed tree with one starting node (the root) and many ending nodes (the leaves). Each of the edge has a length ...
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Why can't we find shortest paths with negative weights by just adding a constant so that all weights are positive?

I'm currently reading introduction to algorithms and came by Johnson’s algorithm that depends on making sure that all paths are positive. the algo depends on finding a new weight function (w') that ...
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Finding the two largest of five small integers as quickly as possible

I use a variation of a 5-cross median filter on image data on a small embedded system, i.e. x x x x x The algorithm is really simple: read 5 unsigned ...
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An online algorithm to find the Pareto frontier elements

I'm looking for an online algorithm that takes a stream of elements and preserves the elements that are on the Pareto frontier (e.g. all non-dominated elements). For instance. Given the following ...
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How to find spanning tree of a graph that minimizes the maximum edge weight?

Suppose we have a graph G. How can we find a spanning tree that minimizes the maximum weight of all the edges in the tree? I am convinced that by simply finding an MST of G would suffice, but I am ...
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Does Ford-Fulkerson always produce the left-most min-cut

When using Ford-Fulkerson to find max-flow between s and t, the exact choice of flow-graph depends on which paths are found. However, if you then use the left-over residual graph to produce a min-cut ...
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Minimum distance between start and end by going through must visit points in a maze

So, suppose i have a maze, which has a start point and an end point, marked with Orange and red respectively and my goal is to find the minimum distance between them. The blocked path is represented ...
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Expected distance between tree nodes

I have been given a tree with n nodes and n-1 edges with it's weight. There are two people A and B. I have been given a list of nodes of size k. A will pick a random node x from this list and B will ...
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Efficiently enumerating all paths from i to j of given length in a graph

I've been trying to efficiently solve this problem : given a integer p > 0 and a directed graph whose nodes are 0, ..., N-1, enumerate (not simply count) all the paths (not necessarily elementary) ...
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Algorithm for solving incremental max flow problem

I am working on a project where I need to be able to compute the maximum flow between two nodes in a graph after one of the edge weights has been incremented or decremented by 1. The graph is directed ...
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Suppose G is simple graph with n vertices. Prove that G has twice as many edges as vertices only if $n\geq 5$

I just didn't understand the second part of the prove "G has twice as many edges as vertices only "... what do I actually have to prove ? I understand it like $n=2e$ , is it right ? then isn't it's ...
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Will this algorithm always solve a constrained sudoku puzzle in quadratic time?

Constrained Puzzle Generation: Let us say a sudoku puzzle is generated with the following procedure: Gather a sequence input of 9 unique numbers in the range $[1 .. 9]$. Call it $S$. Map $S$ to a $3 ...
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Number of Different AVL Tree

I studying the related question. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13500560/number-of-ways-to-create-an-avl-tree-with-n-nodes-and-l-leaf-node but it's not so general. In-fact, We want to know ...
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Is a Turing Machine “by definition” the most powerful machine?

I agree that a Turing Machine can do "all possible mathematical problems". But that is because it is just a machine representation of an algorithm: first do this, then do that, finally output that. ...
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Algorithmic intuition for logarithmic complexity

I believe I have a reasonable grasp of complexities like $\mathcal{O}(1)$, $\Theta(n)$ and $\Theta(n^2)$. In terms of a list, $\mathcal{O}(1)$ is a constant lookup, so it's just getting the head of ...
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The math behind converting from any base to any base without going through base 10?

I've been looking into the math behind converting from any base to any base. This is more about confirming my results than anything. I found what seems to be my answer on mathforum.org but I'm still ...
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Algorithm that finds the number of simple paths from $s$ to $t$ in $G$

Can anyone suggest me a linear time algorithm that takes as input a directed acyclic graph $G=(V,E)$ and two vertices $s$ and $t$ and returns the number of simple paths from $s$ to $t$ in $G$. I have ...
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What is a the fastest sorting algorithm for an array of integers?

I have come across many sorting algorithms during my high school studies. However, I never know which is the fastest (for a random array of integers). So my questions are: Which is the fastest ...
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Algorithm books on a range of topics

I've been tasked with building a library of books on algorithms for our small company (about 15 people). The budget is more than 5k, but certainly less than 10k, so I can buy a fair number of books. ...
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Recurrences and Generating Functions in Algorithms

Combinatorics plays an important role in computer science. We frequently utilize combinatorial methods in both analysis as well as design in algorithms. For example one method for finding a $k$-vertex ...
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Book for algorithms beyond Cormen

I've finished most of the material in Cormen's Intro to Algorithms book and I am looking for an algorithms book that covers material beyond Corman's book. Are there any recommendations? NOTE: I asked ...
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Least number of comparisons needed to sort (order) 5 elements

Find the least number of comparisons needed to sort (order) five elements and devise an algorithm that sorts these elements using this number of comparisons. Solution: There are 5! = 120 possible ...
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Efficient algorithm to compute the $n$th Fibonacci number

The $n$th Fibonacci number can be computed in linear time using the following recurrence: ...
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Why can't DFS be used to find shortest paths in unweighted graphs?

I understand that using DFS "as is" will not find a shortest path in an unweighted graph. But why is tweaking DFS to allow it to find shortest paths in unweighted graphs such a hopeless prospect? ...
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Are all MST minimum spanning trees reachable by Kruskal and Prim?

I believe this is true but have not been able to get a formal proof for either. But is it true that any minimum spanning tree is reachable by applying Kruskal's algorithm? Similarly, is this true for ...
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Complexity of taking mod

This seems like a question that should have an easy answer, but I don't have a definitive one: If I have two $n$ bit numbers $a, p$, what is the complexity of computing $a\bmod p$ ? Merely ...
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Maximum Independent Set of a Bipartite Graph

I'm trying to find the Maximum Independent Set of a Biparite Graph. I found the following in some notes "May 13, 1998 - University of Washington - CSE 521 - Applications of network flow": Problem: ...
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What is the most efficient algorithm and data structure for maintaining connected component information on a dynamic graph?

Say I have an undirected finite sparse graph, and need to be able to run the following queries efficiently: $IsConnected(N_1, N_2)$ - returns $T$ if there is a path between $N_1$ and $N_2$, otherwise ...
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How to find the maximum independent set of a directed graph?

I'm trying to solve this problem. Problem: Given $n$ positive integers, your task is to select a maximum number of integers so that there are no two numbers $a, b$ in which $a$ is divisible by $b$...
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How can I generate first n elements of the sequence 3^i * 5^j * 7^k?

How can I efficiently generate the first N elements of the sequence $3^i 5^j 7^k$, where $i,j,k \in \mathbb{N}$? I've googled around a bit and found the sequence in OEIS, but I don't really see a ...
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Find all pairs of strings in a set with Levenshtein distance < d

I have a set of $n = $ 100 million strings of length $l = 20$, and for each string in the set, I would like to find all the other strings in the set with Levenshtein distance $\le d = 4$ from that ...
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Is there an algorithm that provably exists although we don't know what it is?

In mathematics, there are many existence proofs that are non-constructive, so we know that a certain object exists although we don't know how to find it. I am looking for similar results in computer ...
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Select a subset of the columns in $2\times n$ matrix, is it easy?

I want to know if this problem is polynomial-time solvable or not? The problem is: Given a nonnegative integer-valued matrix of size $2\times n$ and two nonnegative integer numbers $b<n$ and $c$. ...
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Modeling the problem of finding all stable sets of an argumentation framework as SAT

As a continuation of my previous question i will try to explain my problem and how i am trying to convert my algorithm to a problem that can be expressed in a CNF form. Problem: Find all stable sets ...
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single algorithm to work on both directed and undirected graph to detect cycles?

I have been trying to implement an algorithm to detect cycles (probably how many of them) in a directed and undirected graph. That is the code should apply for both ...
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Will this address result in a cache hit or miss for these cache mapping functions?

The Problem: A CPU produces the following sequence of read addresses in hex.    Suppose the cache is empty to begin with and assuming an LRU replacement, determine whether each address ...
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Proving the lower bound of compares in comparison based sorting

I'm reading Sedgewick and Wayne's book of Algorithm. When I read the following proof in the attached picture, I don't understand why it assumed the comparison number is lg(number of leaves). Any help ...
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Restricted version of vertex cover

I am interested in the complexity of the restricted version of the vertex cover problem below: Instance: A bipartite graph $G =(L, R, E)$ and an integer $K$. Question: Is there $S \subset L$, $...
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Minimum hamming distance of multiple binary words

Our task is to compute the minimum hamming distance for the following 16-bit words: ...
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Hamiltonian path in grid graph

Here is my situation. I have a grid-type graph with obstacles. Every move (horizontally, vertically or diagonally with a range of 1) has a cost of exactly 1 (the graph is not weighted) provided that ...
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$T(n)=2T(n/2)+n\log n$ and the Master theorem [duplicate]

According to Introduction to algorithms by Cormen et al, $$T(n)=2T(n/2)+n\log n$$ is not case 3 of Master Theorem. Can someone explain me why? And which case of master theorem is it?
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How is the Subset Sum Problem NP-Complete?

You can't find a solution online for it that doesn't run in polynomial time complexity, when using dynamic programming. Have all these sites secretly solved P=NP, and no one knows about it?
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Determine what is the best order for running filters on a dataset [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out what is the optimal order for running a sequence of tasks in a pipeline. Each task filters a percentage of the dataset. Assuming I got the tasks t1, t2, t3, ..., ti and a ...
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Given a set of 2D vectors, find the furthest reachable point

Input: a set of 2D vectors $S=\{v_1,v_2,\dots,v_n\mid v_i\in \mathbb{Z}^2 \}$ Question: name $P=\{\sum_{v_i\in S'}v_i\mid S'\subseteq S \}$ for all subsets of $S$ (obviously $|P|=O(2^n)$). In ...