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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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Parallel algorithm to find if a set of nodes is on an elememtry cycle in a directed/undirected graph

I'm looking to find / develop a simple parallel algorithm that does this: Input: vs: list of root vertices max_length: max cycle length max_dist: max distance to root Variants one variant of ...
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Suurballe's Algorithm: Proof of Correctness

I was reading about Suurballe's algorithm on Wikipedia, for the shortest edge-disjoint paths problem, i.e. given nodes $s$ and $t$ finding a pair of paths between these nodes, whose accumulated weight ...
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How are basic feasible solutions in linear programming related to vertices in its corresponding polytope?

In Section 2.3.3 "Polytopes and LP" of the book "Combinatorial Optimization: Algorithms and Complexity" by Christos H. Papadimitriou, Theorem 2.4 establishes the relation between bfs's (basic feasible ...
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Are there Some Pairs Shortest Paths Algorithms?

I know that there are All Pairs Shortest Paths algorithms. But I am not sure if they are effective if I am trying to solve the Pairs-Shortest-Path problem for a subset of my vertexes. The properties ...
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Stopping condition for goal-directed bidirectional search for shortest path

So I have a graph and need to find shortest path between two points in it. I need1 to do it it using bidirectional search. The bidirectional search should be goal-directed, i.e. A*. So let $l(u,v)$ ...
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Finding Shortest Paths of weighted graph using stacks

I will be given some kind of this graph as in the picture below. I've searched some algorithms but it seams as if it is something impossible for me to figure them out. In fact using Floyd–Warshall ...
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Space filling between random 2D lines

Note that I had asked this question in GIS forum, although it has gotten many up-votes, still has not received any answer. Hope you can break the silence, some collaboration :) Consider a region (...
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Shortest path in graph - upgrade an algorithm

We are given a graph with $n$ vertices, $m$ edges, and path edge costs of $x$. For vertices without a direct path that are distant exactly one neighbor, we can add new edge with edge cost $y$. Our ...
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Minimum vertex-weight directed spanning tree where the weight function depends on the tree

Given a directed graph $G=(V,E)$ and a node $r\in V$, I need to grow a tree $T$ rooted at $r$ that has a minimum weight and spans all reachable nodes in $G$. The weight function assigns a non-...
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A variation in Ford-Fulkerson algorithm

Suppose that we redefine the residual network to disallow edges into $s$. Argue that the procedure FORD-FULKERSON still correctly computes a maximum flow. I was thinking that when we augment a path ...
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Find maximum in array without comparisons between elements

Suppose $A$ is an array of integers, $|A|=n$, $A=\{a_i|1\leq a_i\leq N, i=1\ldots n\}$. The goal is to find an efficient algorithm $\cal{F}$ to find maximum element in $A$ with these restrictions: ...
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Fastest known algorithm for $3$-$\mathrm{Partition}$ problem

$3$-$\mathrm{Partition}$ problem is $\mathsf{NP}$-Complete in a strong sense meaning there is no pseudo-polynomial time algorithm for it unless $\mathsf{P=NP}$. I am looking for the fastest known ...
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Radon transform for advanced 3d graphics and games?

The Radon transform is used to take 2d projections of an object and create a 3d representation. It seems like it would be possible to apply such a transform in 3d graphics in games (although possibly ...
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Given $n=pq=a^2+b^2$, can we factor $n$?

Just to be clear, $a$ and $b$ are known, while $p$ and $q$ are unknown prime numbers, both congruent to $1$ modulo $4$. Can we design an efficient algorithm to retrieve $p$ and $q$? It is a known ...
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Is resampling random variables to maximize value NP-hard?

Setup Let $S = {X_1, ..., X_n}$ be a set of independent binary random variable, i.e. $X_i \in \{0, 1\}$, each with prior $P(X_i = 1) = p_i$. The $X_i$ are not iid, so $p_i, p_j$ need not be equal if $...
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Minimum Number of Edges Added to a DAG to get Unique Topological Order

The question is simple: Given an unweighted directed acyclic graph, $G = (V, E)$, what is the minimum number of directed edges we need to add to $E$ such that the resulting graph $G = (V, E')$ has ...
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Specialized Algorithm for Set-Cover with $k=3$

I know that the Set-cover problem with $n$ elements and a universe of size $N$ is NP complete. Also, the problem is has parameterized complexity regarding the number of sets $k$ that should cover the ...
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An efficient way for the sum of weighted inputs?

There are $N$ weights, $w_i$. and signal starting from $a_0$. I would like to moving weighted sum of signals, such as: $$ s_1 = w_1a_1 + w_2a_2 + ... + w_Na_N\\ s_2 = w_1a_2 + w_2a_3 + ... + w_Na_{N+...
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Specific quadratic 0-1 knapsack problem solvable in linear time?

I am interested in a simple variant of the quadratic knapsack problem. Let $\{w_1, \ldots, w_n\} \in \{0,1\}$ be $n$ weights and $\{v_1, \ldots, v_n\} \in \mathbb{R}$ be $n$ values. Furthermore, ...
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Partitioning through block moves to the end

Suppose we have a binary string $s$. We wish to partition this string in a series of $0$s followed by $1$s (alternatively: we wish to sort), using only one operation: moving three consecutive elements ...
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How to convert a dependency graph to series-parallel representation?

I'm given a finite partial order, in the form of a dependency graph between items, and I'd like to have it in series-parallel form (Wikipedia). So formally, given a finite partial order $\le$ on a ...
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Count Wildcard Parenthesizations of a String

Let $\Sigma = \{ (, ), ? \}$ be an alphabet. For a given string $s \in \Sigma^*$, we denote by $f(s)$ the number of ways to replace each symbol $?$ either with $($ or with $)$ such that $s$ is ...
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Network Reconstruction from Flow Function

Suppose that $T$ is a set of vertices in an unknown network. We have oracle $F(X,Y)$ that returns maximum flow value between $X, Y \subseteq T$ in the unknown network. Can we reconstruct the unknown ...
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What is the intuition behind the Geometric Burrows-Wheeler Transform?

What is the intuition behind the Geometric Burrows-Wheeler Transform? And how can I use a GBWT with blocking factor $d$ to match a given pattern $P$ of length $|P| = m$ with $m \ge d$ $m < d$ ...
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How to apply ant colony optimization to the TSP but repeating nodes and edges

I'm learning the Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm and I would like to apply it to a variation of the TSP problem (find the path that start from a node, crosses all nodes and finish in the initial ...
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How to treat numerical errors in determinants of singular matrices when using LU decomposition

I want to calculate the determinant of a matrix. Currently I'm using LU decomposition. To check my algorithm I wrote a unit test with random matrices. In one part I set one row to be equal to ...
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Evaluating sums of subsets

Let $X=\{x_1,...,x_N\}$ be a set of real numbers. We consider $M$ sums over its subsets, e.g. $N=9$, $M=3$ $$ \begin{align*} s_1&=x_1+x_2+x_3+x_9,\\ s_2&=x_1+x_2+x_4+x_9,\\ s_3&=x_1+x_2+...
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Sorting in place & stable in linear time

Given an array with only 0 & 1. Can we have an algorithm which has all the following desirable characteristics- The algorithm runs in $O(n)$ time. The algorithm is stable. The algorithm sorts ...
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Is this in-place merge algorithm efficient or not?

I have trouble analyzing the characteristics of this algorithm that merges two adjacent sorted lists. Basically it looks at some number of the tail of the first list, and the same number of head ...
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Cuttings sticks in congruent equal sharing

You have $n$ congruent sticks (they have the same length). You want to divide them equaly among $m$ friends. To avoid envy, each friend should receive congruent parts, that is, the set of cutted ...
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Assignment of coprime values to a tree

I recently saw this question somewhere and thought a lot on it but was unable to find an efficient solution for it. Asked on Stack Overflow but got no solution there. The Problem is as follows - ...
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Why are the conditions for optimality different for A* tree and graph search?

I am unclear as to why the conditions for optimality for A* search are different for graph search and tree search. When discussing conditions for optimality for A* search in Russell and Norvig's ...
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What is the intuition behind Heap's Algorithm?

I am trying to get an intuition for Heap's Algorithm which is used to generate permutations of a given set. What I can't understand is why if n is even the letter swapped is i and when n is odd the ...
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Faster maximum weight matching algorithm in bipartite graph

I need to do a maximum weight matching in bipartite graphs rather than maximum weight perfect matching (which means that there is no need to match all the nodes). The nodes each side are both (at ...
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Is this solution to the dining philosopher's problem entirely valid?

In a question on Stack Overflow, the answer by Patrick Trentin lists the following solution to the dining philosopher's problem: A possible approach for avoiding deadlock without incurring ...
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Linear functions of matrix exponential

Given a matrix $A$ and a vector $v$, I'm aware there are efficient algorithms for computing $e^Av$, where efficient means significantly faster than computing $e^A$ and multiplying by $v$. For a ...
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Predicting next action to take to reach a final state

Does anyone know of an algorithm that could be used to determine the next action to take to reach a desired state when trained on time-series data? For example, a robot starts at a certain state, ...
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Maximum set packing and minimum set cover duality

I read that the maximum set packing and the minimum set cover problems are dual of each other when formulated as linear programming problems. By the strong duality theorem, the optimal solution to the ...
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minimizing computations for evaluating two polynomial simultaneously

I want to evaluate two polynomials $f$ and $g$ simultaneously, on the same input (in a computer program). These polynomial have only coefficients $0, 1, a , b$ and their degree is less than 700. I ...
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How are weak references in a reference counted system implemented?

When reference counting is used for automatic memory management (e.g. Objective C or Swift), it is well know that “loops” give problems. E.g. ...
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What is the correct way to determine the width and depth of a count-min sketch?

The width (number of registers) and depth (number of hash functions) of a Count-Min sketch determine the accuracy of counts retrieved. I've found two different methods for calculating the width ($w$) ...
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Minimal covering circle

There are $n<10^4$ points on the plane. How can one approximately (with a given precision $2^{-20}$ of points' coordinates) find the minimal radius of a circle that covers some $k$ out of $n$ these ...
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Rate Pooling Optimization Algorythim

I have thousands of wireless LTE hotspots. Each month I need to assign each hotspot a rate plan. Each hotspot uses some amount of data in a month (represented in megabytes). Each rate plan has some ...
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Understanding the Baeza-Yates Régnier algorithm (multiple string matching, extended from Boyer-Moore)

First of all, excuse me if I write a lot, I tried to summarize my research so that everyone can understand. R. Baeza-Yates and M. Regnier published in 1993 a new algorithm for searching a two ...
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Subarray whose (sum × length) is maximum

Consider the following problem: Given an array of $n$ integer numbers (positive and negative), find a (contiguous) subarray for which the product $(\text{sum of the elements})\times(\text{length ...
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A matrix rank problem over finite fields

I have already asked a similar question here, but since I have not got an acceptable answer, I decided to ask a simpler version of the question here. Let $M|\mathbf w$, where $M$ is a matrix and $\...
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Solution of a Toeplitz system of linear equations

I want to code a solver for nonsingular systems of $N$ linear equations in $N$ unknowns (say up to $N=100$) with an asymmetric Toeplitz matrix. I know that the Levinson algorithm can solve it in time $...
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What are the properties of the unsided fold?

Foldl and folr are 2 very important functions for FP and Haskell, but I have never heard much about the unsided fold: fold f [a,b,c,d] = (f (f a b) (f c d)) That ...
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Does it make sense to examine the dual of a feasbility problem?

Consider a standard feasibility problem. The goal is to examine the state of feasible solutions for $Ax=b$ to find an $x$ that satisfies some property. Does the dual of this problem tell us anything ...
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Best complexity of parity/comparison in the Residue Number System

Let: $\left\{m_1, ~...~, m_k\right\}$ be a set of coprime natural numbers, $M=\prod_{i=1}^{k} m_i$ $X$ be a natural integer, such that $X < M$ Then $X$ can be expressed in the Residue Number ...