Questions tagged [counting]

The term Counting in Computer Science is usually used to refer to counting objects in certain arrangements or with certain properties.

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Is there any simpler way to have for each sequence element the amount of succeeding larger elements than to implement an AVL tree?

I have a sequence. And now for each element in this sequence I would like to know how many subsequent elements are larger. Or, in other words, I have a sequence $a_1, \ldots, a_n$, and for each $1\leq ...
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Why does my code work: bijecting binary trees to Dyck paths

The number of Dyck paths (paths on a 2-d discrete grid where we can go up and down in discrete steps that don't cross the y=0 line) where we take $n$ steps up and $n$ steps down follows the Catalan ...
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Number of substrings possible with even characters

Consider a string 'ABBAA' Possible substrings with even number of characters are $4$ 'ABBA' : Count of 'A' is even and 'B' is even 'AA' : Count of 'A' is even and 'B' is even - ($0$) Similarly 'BB' ...
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Counting substrings that belong to a regular language

Given a regular language $L$ and a string $x$ give an efficient algorithm to count the occurrences of substrings $x[i,j] \in L$. More in particular, I am looking for a linear time algorithm in the ...
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Number of binary trees with given height

I was wondering how many binary trees we have with height of $h$ with $n$ nodes(another question is how many binary trees we have with height $ \lfloor{lg (n)}\rfloor$). Edit: I forgot to add the ...
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How to find all topological sortings of a special DAG in O(N^2)

I came across the following question in a hackerrank competition, which is based on topological sorting of a DAG. https://www.hackerrank.com/contests/hourrank-29/challenges/birthday-assignment/forum ...
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Estimating size of state space search problem

Im currently enrolled in an AI course and we are starting with state space search problems. My professor always seems to ask, given a certain problem, what is the estimate size of the state space? It'...
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Count of distinct substrings in string inside range

Having string $S$ of length $n$, finding the count of distinct substrings can be done in linear time using LCP array. Instead of asking for unique substrings count in whole string $S$, query $q$ ...
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On FPTAS and many one parsimonious reductions

We have two $NP$ complete problems $\Pi_1$ and $\Pi_2$. Suppose $\Pi_1\rightarrow\Pi_2$ be a many one parsimonious reduction. If $\Pi_1$ has an FPTAS then does $\Pi_2$ also have? If $\Pi_2$ has an ...
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Is there a #$P$-complete counting problem such that every (valid) instance of its decision version is a Yes-instance?

I want to know whether there is a decision problem, written EasyProblem, satisfying the follow property: For every valid instance $x$, $x$ is a Yes-instance for EasyProblem (if we construct ...
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#perfectMatchings is self-reducible

How can one show that the counting problem: Given a graph, output the number of perfect matchings Is self reducible? I found a hint in Moore's Chapter on Counting, Sampling and Statistical Physics: ...
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What is the solve of F(n,n) = F(n-1,n) + F(n, n-1) + 1 Where F(0,a) = 1 and F(a, 0) = 1 for every a

I'm given the following python function: ...
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Counting paths by their type

An edge-labelled directed graph is the data of $G = (V, E, l)$ where $(V, E)$ is a directed graph, and $l \colon E \to \mathbb{P}$ is some function. (For the graph I am considering, labels take values ...
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Counting the number of words accepted by an acyclic NFA

Let $M$ be an acyclic NFA. Since $M$ is acyclic, $L(M)$ is finite. Can we compute $|L(M)|$ in polynomial time? If not, can we approximate it? Note that the number of words is not the same as the ...
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Iterate unique sets of integers

I'm trying to figure out of if there's a way to generate all unique sets of integers of length K, where each member has an upper bound of N, and a lower bound of M, without tracking which sets have ...
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Efficient Algorithm to Find the n-th Odious Number

An odious number is defined as an integer that has odd binary Hamming weight. I need an implementation of algorithm that finds the nth odious number, preferably recursive. Any ideas? A python script ...
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Polynomial time counter of solutions of 2SAT expression with pure literals

As per the title, is there any polynomial time algorithm to count the number of satisfying arguments for a 2SAT expression with pure literals? An even shallower case: Is there any such counter when ...
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Count number of ways in which atomic operation(s) of n different processes can be interleaved

PROBLEM: Count the number of ways in which atomic operation(s) of n different processes can be interleaved. A process may crash mid way before completion. Suppose there are a total of n different ...
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Counting on a matrix

I have an $n \times m$ matrix, and fill it with numbers of $1 \dots k$. If a matrix can be turned into another matrix by exchanging its lines and exchanging its columns, the two matrices are ...
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Enumerating every “partnering” without repeating partners

I'm taking a class. In this class every week we have a partner. There are an even number of people in the class. We'd like avoid having repeat partners if possible so that everyone gets to work with ...
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Unambiguous context-free grammar for strings with at least as many a's as b's

I have designed this Grammar but it is ambiguous: $$S\to aSbS \mid bSaS \mid aS \mid\epsilon$$ Would anyone help me make it unambiguous? Assume the alphabet is $\{a,b\}$.
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Prove that $\#k-colouring$ graph problem is $\#P-complete$

I need to prove, that the $\#k-colouring$ graph problem is $\#P-complete$. I want to construct the reduction from $\#3SAT$ problem, so $\#3SAT \leq \#k-colouring$. The reduction between the counting ...
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Can all types of computational problems be modeled as decision problems?

Can all types of computational problems (search, counting, optimization...) be modeled as (sets of) decision problems? Rephrased: For every type of computational problem is there a set of decision ...
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How to find the Big-O for finding combinations of balanced parentheses?

Given n pairs of parentheses, a function which returns the total number of all combinations well-formed parentheses could be: ...
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Can counting problems have optimal substructure?

I understand that for a problem to be solvable using dynamic programming, it needs to have the following properties: optimal substructure overlapping subproblems I stumbled upon an article which ...
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Fastest algorithm for finding the number of primes in a range

Is there an algorithm for finding the number of primes in a given range $[N, M)$ that works in time linear to $M-N$? For context, $N$ and $M$ can go up to $10^{10}$, but the distance between N and M ...
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Number of permutations of set {1, 2, …, n} for which insertion sort will perform exactly n permutations

I have had the following problem at my last exam: For how many permutations of set {1, 2, ..., n} where n > 2 will insertion sort (without guard element) perform exactly n comparisons. My thinking ...
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To calculate how many times a certain year repeats itself in the calendar within a given year range

Let's say I have a year $Y$. I wanna know how can I calculate the number of times the calendar configuration of the year $Y$ repeats itself in the year range $[A, B]$. Is there any method to it ...
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Counting triplets from three arrays satisfying the equation x^2 = yz

Let's say I have three arrays of positive integers X, Y and Z. You can assume that each of ...
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Count total number of k length paths in a tree

This is a question from a competitive programming competition. Given a tree with n nodes and a number k, find the total number of paths of length k in that tree. I know for a fact that a solution can ...
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How is the set of functions from ${\{a,b\}}$ to $N$ countable?

Assume a set of functions from ${\{a,b\}}$ to $N$ Where $N$ is the set of Natural numbers. Let us assume that the size of $N$ is $n$. i.e $|N|=n$ The first element $a$ have $n$ choices for mapping....
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Counting big enough elements

Let $v$ be a vector of positive integers of length $n$. I want to find the highest $k$ such as there are at least $k$ elements of $v$ that are greater or equal to $k$. What would be the best ...
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Estimating number of points in 1D space

There are some arbitrary-chosen points in 1D space. What needs to be found is the approximate number of them without counting all of them. It is possible to choose some coordinates (numbers) and for ...
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Finding all solutions to an integer linear programming (ILP) problem

My problem is to find all integer solutions to an ILP. As an example, I'm using an ILP with two variables, but I may have more than two variables. I describe the method I currently use to solve this ...
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Build a histogram from a very large data sample

I want to calculate a histogram from an array of size N. N is very large. I know 2 ways to do so: The naive approach is to ...
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How to calculate an accurate estimated reading time of text?

I suppose the calculation should not be done by only two factors (average reading speed/words per minute, and word count). But at least by a third parameter, that in my opinion should measure the ...
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Fastest algorithm to find all the possible paths of length $n$ from a give node in a directed graph?

I am trying to find the fastest algorithm to find all the possible paths of length $N$ from a given node in a directed graph. My solution is to do a modification of breadth first search from the ...
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Given a set of intervals $(I_n)_n$ contained in $[0, L]$, compute the longest interval in $[0, L]$ which has empty intersection with all $(I_n)_n$

Let be $(I_n)_n$ a set of $p$ intervals each contained in $[0, L]$ for $L \geq 1$. I define $(J_n = [a_n, b_n])_n$ the set of intervals which have empty intersection with $I_n$ for all $n \in [[1, p]]...
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Can approximation help find the exact answer?

Lets assume we have an array with 100 numbers and we want to find how many '1's there are. Best solution will be reading every numbers and counting. Now we get a hint that there are 50,51 or 52 '1' in ...
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Calculating Time Complexity of Algorithm Using Incrementor Variable [duplicate]

I am trying to calculate the time complexity of an algorithm using n in the code below. I have a working solution to a coding challenge to sort a stack using only ...
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Number of ways painting graph in two colors, such that two nodes of same color are linked by edge

We are given undirected graph of $N$ nodes and $M$ edges, we want to count the number of possible ways to paint this graph in $2$ colors such that for each two nodes having the same color, there must ...
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Does $P=PP$ or $P=PSPACE$ have consequences for algebraic class problem $VP=VNP$?

Deciding majority of counting problem is $PP$ class. Is there any relation between $PP$ and $VNP$ and is there consequence of $P=PP$ or $P=PSPACE$ to $VP=VNP$? Is there a way to show $\#P$ is in $FP^...
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Are $\mathsf{\#P}$ problems harder than $\mathsf{NP}$ problems

I have a method to solve the $\mathsf{\#P}$ version of 3SAT in a way that seemingly reduces it to an $\mathsf{NP}$ problem. - I don't have a formal understanding of these terms so I will just show an ...
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Estimation of the number of solutions by Counting

This is a question from a quantum computation textbook. Consider a classical algorithm for counting the number of solutions to a problem. The algorithm samples uniformly and independently $k$ times ...
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Prove that this language is NP-Hard

Given $$\mathrm{\#3SAT} = \{ (w, y) \mid w\text{ is a $\mathrm{3SAT}$ instance with at least $y$ satisfying assignments}\}\,,$$ prove that $\mathrm{\#3SAT}$ is NP-Hard. I am currently stuck with ...
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How to use Bitmasking to solve this problem?

http://codeforces.com/problemset/problem/535/B The problem is: You are given a lucky number n. Lucky numbers are the positive integers whose decimal representations contain only the lucky digits 4 ...
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Why does not valiant's reduction show NP=RP?

Valiant converts $SAT$ formula to a $0/1$ matrix such that $Permanent$ of the matrix is $4^m\#SAT$. We know $Permanent$ can be approximated to $1+\epsilon$ factor with probability $1-\frac1\delta$ in ...
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The expectation of the total number of pairs of keys in a hash table that collide using universal hashing

I am reading CLRS relating to perfect hashing. When computing the $$ \mathbb{E}[\sum_{j=0}^{m-1}{n_j\choose{2}}] $$ where $m$ is the number of slots in the hash table, and $n_j$ is the number of keys ...
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How many ways to express N as sum of 2, 3 and 5?

I've learnt about problems about express N as sum of 2, 3, 5. For examples, if N = 7: N = 5 + 2 N = 2 + 5 N = 2 + 2 + 3 N = 2 + 3 + 2 N = 3 + 2 + 2 But most of I found on the Internet that the ...