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Questions tagged [correctness-proof]

Questions that ask for or about correctness proofs of algorithms.

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Can we ignore the postcondition in the Hoare conditional rule when there is a return statement?

I'm proving the correctness of naive string matching using Hoare logic. I have the following pseudocode: ...
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Proving correctness of the Newton's Method for finding the square root of a number

I'm trying to prove the correctness of this simple square root calculation algorithm using SPARK: ...
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Prove that the total distance is minimised (when travelling across the longest path)

Here is the problem: Given a tree $T$, I need to visit every node in the tree once. I can start and end anywhere I want. I would like to travel the least distance possible when doing so. I don't have ...
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Comparing locally maximal and localy minimal Hamiltonian paths [closed]

Let $K_n$ be a weighted complete graph on $n$ vertices. Two Hamiltonian paths are formed as follows. The first one, $H$, is formed by starting at an arbitrary vertex, and at each stage proceeding from ...
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Correct invariant of BFS

I am trying to find a correct invariant of BFS. If we represent a queue as $ Q = [a_0;...; a_n]$ such that : $Q.pop() = a_n$ then I found the following invariant which I think is correct (we denote ...
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Correctness of an algorithm difference between recursive and iteraive

I know that the general strategy to do the correction of an algorithm is as follow : if the algorithm is recursive then prove the correctness using induction if the algorithm is iterative (...
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Find an invariant in the minimum algorithm

I have the following simple algorithm to find the smallest element of an array $A$ of numbers: ...
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Must the champion of an entire tournament beat the champion of a possible tournament among other players?

I have a list of "players" of a "tournament". Any two adjacent players may "compete", which results in the loser being thrown out of the tournament. Winning is not transitive. The winner of a given ...
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Is my proof of my greedy algorithm to find subsequence correct?

Credit to KleinBerg and Taros Book Some of your friends have gotten into the burgeoning field of time-series data mining, in which one looks for patterns in sequences of events that occur over time. ...
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Prove that set of operations form a commutative Monoid

this is my first post on this exchange. I am looking for some help with defining a proof that a set of operations I have designed forms a commutative monoid. (Disclaimer: I am not sure that I have ...
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Proof that G is a Tree After DFS and BFS form the same tree T [closed]

Let G be a connected, undirected graph containing some vertex s. let's say that BFS and DFS are both run on G starting at s and that the breadth first search and depth first search ...
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Prove that the following algorithm has STOP property (number of steps is finite)

Prove that the following algorithm has STOP property. I am not sure if this term is widely know, so the definition of STOP property that I got during classes looks as follows: STOP property (for ...
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Iterative Fibonacci algorithm correctness proof, finding loop invariants

The algorithm take in an integer $n$ and outputs the $n$th number in the Fibonacci sequence ($F_n$). The sequence starts with $F_0$. I am trying to prove the correctness assuming valid input: ...
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Why is it true that given a monotonic heuristic function, A* can be seen as Dijkstra's algorithm where no node needs to be processed more than once?

Maybe I am missing something very easy and obvious. But, I don't understand why estimate cost of source vertex is subtracted from the overall estimate cost, if heuristic function $h$ is monotonic: $$...
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Proof of QuickSort algorithm correctness

Recently I’ve studied QuickSort and understood its general idea. Basically, we do the following: Pick an element from the array (no matter which one and how in this context) Rearrange elements in ...
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Confused about the correctness proof of Dijkstra's algorithm

In the proof of the correctness of Dijkstra algorithm, there is a lemma stating as follow: Let u be v's predecessor on a shortest path P:s->...->u->v from s to v. Then, If d(u) = δ(s,u) and edge (...
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How this proof of fractional knapsack works?

I don't understand a step in my book proving the fractional knapsack problem: Let value of items $v_1\ge v_2\ge \dots\ge v_n$, and assume $X=\langle x_1, \dots,x_n\rangle$ are the solution by ...
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Proving correctness of inefficient algorithm - Path between two vertices

Consider the following inefficient algorithm that decides if there is a path between two vertices s and t of a directed graph G. Show that the algorithm is correct. In addition, analyze its complexity ...
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Two Problems in understanding the algorithm for computing shortest paths in undirected graphs with possibly negative edge weights

Section 2 of this Lecture Note: Shortest Path Algorithms Luis Goddyn, Math 408 describes an algorithm using Edmonds' Minimum Weight Perfect Matching Algorithm to solve the shortest path problem for ...
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Can we say McCarthy and Hoare had the same objective in the 60s regarding a mathematical theory of computation?

I don't think there's any way to ask a very precise question here, so this might be considered opinion based. Nevertheless, it seems the question is clear enough because I'm asking whether these two ...
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Is this a valid induction proof example ?

Learning induction proof now, found a "simple" example, which is a bit confusing to me (not sure if it is a valid example). If so, why the IH( suppose a root of rank k has at least $2^k$ vertices in ...
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Showing that algorithm has STOP property and finding its computational complexity function

The task is to show that given algorithm has STOP property and to find its computational complexity function. $\alpha:$ $n \ge 0$ ...
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proving correctness of algorithm about graphs with DFS

I need to prove/disprove the correctness of the following algorithm: Let G be a simple, undirected and connected graph. The task is to find if the graph contains an odd cycle. The algorithm goes that ...
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Why is this pushdown automata for some palindromes right?

$B = \{w \in \{0,1\}^* | w^R = w, w \text{ length is odd} \}$ Solution: For example: $111$ should be accepted steps are $q_1 \to q_2$ stack: [$\$$] $q_2 \to q_2$ stack: $[\$, 1, 1]$ (using up $11$...
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Challenging exercises for proof correctness [closed]

I would like to know where I can find challenging exercises that ask to prove the correctness of an algorithm. The invariant of most of the exercises I’ve found on the internet are quite easy (...
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Confirmation of alternative correctness proof for Floyd-Warshall's all-pair shortest-path algorithm

The most common proof for Floyd-Warshall's algorithm is an induction proof on the outer-most loop, which says $\delta^k(i,j)=\begin{cases} \min\{\delta^{k-1}(i,j),\delta^{k-1}(i,k)+\delta^{k-1}(k,j)\}...
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Define a length function over $A^{*} \leftarrow{N}$ such that $length(l)$ outputs the length of $l$

Consider the following definitions LIST: $\overline{nil} \ \ \ \ \ \frac{l}{a \ l}$ $a \in A$ $A^* = \mu \widehat{LIST}, \ A^{\infty} = v \widehat{LIST}$ NAT: $\overline{0} \ \ \ \ \ \frac{x}{s(...
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Proving correctness of search algorithms

I've seen correctness proofs for other searching algorithms; however, for this particular algorithm: search in a row-wise and column wise sorted matrix, I'm not able to generate a proper proof. ...
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Correctness proof for greedy algorithm based on ratio

I've an issue stated as follows: We have 10000 jobs to do, each with some length $l_i$ and weight (importance) $w_i$. Our goal is to arrange the schedule of doing these jobs (in other words, ...
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Any finite Graph G with all V have at least degree of 2, is it true that every vertex is necessarily contained IN a cycle?

As title, (note: this questions is asking weather or not all vertices are contained IN a cycle not asking if the G contains a cycle. My attempt is that: So this graph would be an counter example ...
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Relating a proof to a Haskell program

I am trying to relate the following integer square root theorem $\forall x: \mathbb{N}, \exists y : \mathbb{N}((y^2 \leq x) \land (x < (y+1)^2))$ and its proof to its role as a specification of ...
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Proof of a greedy algorithm concerning “Buy and Resell Problem”

"Buy and Resell Problem" can be described in the following way: There are $n$ cities. For each city, the price of products in this city is given (a positive number). Now a person will travel from ...
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Array contains elements that differ by K correctness proof

I have been puzzling over an algorithm that decides whether a sorted array of numbers contains two numbers that differ by k. I do not intuitively understand why ...
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Is Loop Invariant Proof a form of Induction?

As far as I see, what computer scientists refer to as loop invariant proofs are exact replicas of induction proof. Is it true? Can I state that loop invariant proof implies an induction? Is there a ...
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Find all critical edges for minimum spanning tree

This is a problem from the textbook "Algorithms, 4th edition" by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne. 4.3.26 Critical edges. An MST edge whose deletion from the graph would cause the MST weight to ...
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proof of correctness for greedy knapsack algorithm

I don't really understand why is statement 1 ≥ statement 2 in the attached picture. From what I understand the negative term in statement 2 must be greater than or equal the negative term in statement ...
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Prove Recursive formula (Dynamic programming) N(C,i)

I've been asked to prove the correctness of the following recursive formula. The formula is trying to define, how many ways you can spend your money C on the i amount of beers. I did the following ...
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Maximum boundary edges amount of union of rectangles

I've read that the maximum boundary edges amount of union of $n$ rectangles, named $p$, is bounded by $p \leq n^2 + 4n$ I tried to prove this by induction, but it's seems too difficult to me, can ...
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Any proof of correctness of the Toom-Cook algorithm?

I found the toom-cook algorithm here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ab/Desktop/15-211%20Archive/res00037/Multiplication_1_print.pdf and have been trying to chase down proof of it being correct, but can't ...
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Question regarding Hoare's partitioning scheme and a slight modification to it

This is the pseudocode on wikipedia for Hoare's partitioning scheme: ...
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Prove correctness of the iterative algorithm

Description: Given an array nums and a value val, remove all instances of that value in-place and return the new length. Do not allocate extra space for another array, you must do this by modifying ...
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Check if possible to perform n tasks, each between moment b(i) and e(i) and taking 1 time unit

I have such a task at university: we have n tasks, i-th of them can be done between moment b(i) and e(i). If we decide to perform a task in moment x, we finish performing it in moment x+1. We can ...
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Correctness of lower bound proof

I am working on this exercise with the purpose of learning how to provide proper proofs and I would like to know if my proof for the following problem is correct. Given a sorted array $A$ (of $n$ ...
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Proof by induction of recurrence relation of dynamic programming

I am currently solving the problem using dynamic programming: Description: saying that there are inputs in 2D-array (width = 8, height = 6): ...
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How to prove the correctness of the MinDistance algorithm?

My question is about how to prove the correctness of this algorithm, I know it is not a good algorithm, it is not efficient and can be improved. How could I prove it still returns the desired value? ...
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Is a set of acyclic |V| - 1 light edges always a Minimum Spanning Tree?

I am trying to prove the algorithm for Question 5 in this practice exam. I am trying to prove this algorithm with the following three claims: Suppose we have a graph G, a minimum spanning tree T, ...
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Prove an algorithm. Give directed graph edge weights such that weight of every cycle is 0

I need to construct a graph with the following properties: $w(u, v)$ = $-w(v, u)$, for every edge $(u, v) \in E$ Weight of all $u \leadsto v$ paths is equal, for every $u, v \in V$ (this is zero ...