# Questions tagged [greedy-algorithms]

Questions about algorithms that make at each step the locally optimal choice.

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### Minimum square side length to enclose n circles of radius r

I thought of a problem but have no idea how to solve it. The problem is as follows: Given 2 numbers, n and r, find the side length (S) of the smallest square that encloses n circles each of radius r ...
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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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### Does an algorithm exist for scheduling jobs on two processors?

I have two processors, and I want to schedule as many jobs as I can. I have their starting time and finishing time, and each job has to be unique to a processor (no overlap). I looked around and found ...
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### Verifying if a greedy solution is optimal for a specific instance (Set cover)

Say I have an instance of the Set Cover problem, and use the typical greedy algorithm to obtain a solution. Is there an efficient way of verifying if, for that particular instance, the given solution ...
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### Troubles understanding this Interval Scheduling question

Can someone explain how to prove what this question is asking? I'm terrible at proofs and the fact that I don't even understand the hint is very troubling. This is a homework question. Consider the ...
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### Greedy algorithms: Minimum sum number pairing

Given $n$ real numbers (where $n$ is even) find a pairing which minimizes the maximum sum of a pair. I think the optimal pairing is obtained by sorting the original set, pairing the first element ...
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### Generating a Covering Array Matrix with Simulated Annealing

I've been reading the following paper to understand how I can develop a non deterministic algorithm for test cases generation https://www.researchgate.net/publication/293043297_A_two-...
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### A general algorithm for greedy algorithms

I have been refreshing on greedy algorithms as an algorithm design technique. I have read many sources for an explanation of what a greedy algorithm is, because I would like to put together a general ...
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### Identifying set of longest time periods excluding overlapping time ranages

Suppose I have set of time records as follows 08:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 08:00 - 13:00 13:00 - 19:00 12:00 - 17:00 Now I want to select set of time records that ...
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### What algorithm does OLA and UBER use for allotting taxis

More specifically : lets say i have 5 taxis , each available for booking at t=0; i have two days (48 hrs) with me how can I maximise their booking . I may not be able to clarify the question , this ...
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### Is there a polynomial time algorithm to determine whether an 'up down' language is 'emptible'?

Definitions: An up down language is a language whose alphabet is a set of pairs, but not characters, of two characters, where the one character in the pair is the opposite of the other character in ...
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### Vertex Cover special cases

This was from a test from my university: Consider $T = t_1, t_2, \cdots, t_n$ a set of intervals of the form $(s, e)$, representing the start and end time, respectively. Now, select the minimum ...
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### When does greediness guarantee optimality?

I was wondering if there is any theoretical results characterizing under what condition does greedy algorithm actually finds the optimal solution. Here is a motivating example. Suppose you are trying ...
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### Is there a greedy algorithm to solve the assignment problem?

The assignment problem is defined as: There are n people who need to be assigned to n jobs, one person per job. The cost that would accrue if the ith person is assigned to the jth job is a known ...
I'm taking a course about submodular functions and their applications towards influence maximization in a network. We've been discussing a greedy algorithm for selecting $k$ initial nodes to maximize ...