# Questions tagged [counting]

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

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### Is counting the number of occurences in NC¹?

Let $c ∈ ℕ₊$ be constant and $p∈\{0,1\}^c$ a fixed bitpattern of width $c$. Let us assume that the input length is structured as a list of blocks $b_1 … b_n$, each block having width $c$; is it ...
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### Counting number of apples in an apple tree with given number of layers

This problem comes from a competitive programming question, and it seems to require dynamic programming. There are several layers of apples arranged in a formation with each apple having a value ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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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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### Limitations of DFA [duplicate]

In this link it is mentioned: A DFA is not powerful enough to recognize many context-free languages because a DFA can't count. But counting is not enough -- consider a language of ...
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### Finding combinations of variables that can take value of -1/0/1 that produce sum of 0 with added constraint

I have 64 variables that can either take a value of -1, 0, or 1 and I am interested in finding all possible combinations of variables such that I have n variables in each the positive and negative ...
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### List maximum number of three-sets

Suppose i'm given with pairs component-quantity. I need to list maximum number of possible three-sets. {AA}, {BB}, {C}, {D} => {ABC},{ABD}. To list two-sets ...
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### Can someone give me the definition of #Monotone-2SAT?

In the decision problem, I set all variables to true and see if the formula is satisfiable. My question is because I do not understand how there can be multiple solutions, though all variables are ...
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### Find total count of all paths starting from a fixed vertex to all other vertexes of the graph

Given an directed graph (may contain cycles) we have to find total number of simple paths from a fixed source vertex to all other vertices of the graph, i.e.  \text{#(paths from 1 to 2)}+\text{#(...
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### Min no.of operations required to convert an array to which it should contain elements of equal frequency

I have come across this tricky problem. An array of N elements should be converted to another array within k operations such ...
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### Is there an FPRAS for the number of min st cuts in general graphs?

Provan and Ball  showed that the problem of counting the number of minimum st cuts is #P-Complete. What is known about the problem of approximating the number of min st cuts? Is it possible to get ...
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### Count paths in matrix that visit each number exactly once [duplicate]

Let's say we are given matrix of size $N \leq 21 \text{ by } M \leq 21$ each element of the matrix is either $-1$ or number in the interval $[0, 20]$. We want to count the number of paths that start ...
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### Count-min sketch

I don't understand the use case of count min sketch. Based on Count–min sketch, it says "serves as a frequency table of events in a stream of data.". If I know there are N types of events, why can't ...
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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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### Given tree with 0 or 1 assigned to each node, count paths with odd number of ones in it

Let's say we have given tree of $N$ nodes and $N-1$ edges, each of the $N$ nodes is assigned one integer, either $0$ or $1$. We want to count all paths between two nodes $u$ and $v$ such that on the ...
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### Count submatrices with only zeros for each element of the matrix

Let's say we have given matrix of size $N \cdot M$, only with zeros and ones. For each element in the matrix, we want to count subrectangles that are covering this element and are made only of zeros. ...
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### Sum of unique elements in all sub-arrays of an array

Given an array $A$, sum the number of unique elements for each sub-array of $A$. If $A = \{1, 2, 1, 3\}$ the desired sum is $18$. Subarrays: ...
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### Count numbers less than $x$ co-prime to $p$

We have given two numbers $x$ and $p$. We want to count how many numbers are less than $x$ and are co-prime with $p$. I know that we can solve the problem in $O(x\log x)$ with iterating over all ...
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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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### Count number of the ways to fill a N-lengthed binary string

From the problem, count the number of ways to fill a binary string of length $N$ with at least one $1$'s consecutive sequence of length $K$ and other $1$'s consecutive sequences have length no more ...
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### Counting subarrays where each number either doesn't occur or occurs odd number of times

We have given array $V$ of $N$ integers, we want to count the number of subarrays of the array such that each elements in the subarray either doesn't occur at all, or it occurs odd number of times. ...
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### Why it is not $O(m)$ but $O(\log m)$?

I am reading the lecture notes and have a question. I am trying to understand the beginning of Section 3 on page 2. Problem: Given an input stream $\sigma$, compute (or approximate) its length $m$. ...
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### Defining decision-problem complexity classes by counting branches of a polynomial-time NTM

This answer on another SE community discusses the concept of a "counting complexity class". As far as I can tell, the author is using that term in a slightly nonstandard way: most sources (PS format) ...