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### Standard information-theoretic lower bound?

There should be a simple argument, but I'm struggling to see it. Suppose Alice has a string $x \in \{0, 1\}^n$ and sends a message $s = s(x)$ to Bob. And suppose that given $s$, Bob can reconstruct ...
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### Is one probe to find a element is sufficient?

Let $M = \{1,2,3,\ldots,m\}$ be a a universe and $S \subseteq M$ denotes the number of elements comes from $M$ which we want to store such that query of the type "Is $x \in S$"?Let $n$ denotes the ...
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### An example where the algorithm of Hopcroft and Karp performs poorly?

I have been trying to construct an example, where Hopcroft and Karp's algorithm for the maximum matching problem performs poorly (say at least $\Omega(\log n)$ rounds). However, all the examples I ...
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### Why is finding minimum number of comparisons to sort $n$ elements so difficult?

In The Art of Computer Programming 2nd Ed, Vol 3, Section 5.3.1 then discuss a function $S(n)$ which is define as: $S(n)$ : The minimum number of comparisons that suffice to sort $n$ elements. ...
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### Finding maximum takes at least $\lceil n/2 \rceil$ comparisons

We are given an array $A$ with $n$ elements, $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and all elements are in the set $\{1,2,3, \cdots, n \}$. I want to prove that finding the maximum in $A$ (that is, outputting the index ...
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### What is an optimal algorithm?

I'm a computer science newbie and I thought I understood cases and bounds when I first studied them. I would take worst case as upper bound and best case as lower bound, but now I know that they are ...
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### What is Ironic complexity? What are some good resources to learn about it?

The term "Ironic complexity" was coined by Scott Aaronson for the stuff Ryan Williams does in the area of complexity theory. Could anyone tell me what kind of problems and approaches does Ryan ...
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### Dynamic Perfect Hashing and Lower Bound

I am writing a Seminar about dynamic perfect hashing and its lower bound by the FKS schema using the the adversary method mentioned here by using a Tree data structure. But somehow i don t get how ...
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### Postive interval problem lower bound

I was trying to solve the question given below. Algorithm : Using divide and conquer technique, divide the input till we get a very small size array's ( let us say of size 2 ). Solve these small ...
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### Why do you need at least ln(n!) many comparison to sort a list?

"If every element comparison (testing whether $a_i \le a_j$ ) provides at most one bit of information, argue that you need at least on the order of $\ln(n!)$ many tests/comparisons to sort the list." ...
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### Do you >have< to define the upper and lower bound? (context: traveling salesman)

Do one have to define the upper and lower bound to be able to solve the tsp, or is that just an unnecessary intermediate step? And if so, why would one define those bounds? (context: the traveling ...
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### Why are greedy algorithms used to find upper/lower bounds? (when they doesn't guarantee an optimal solution)

Take the nearest neighbor algorithm for the traveling salesman problem as an example. Why is it used to find the upper bound? When can't it guarantee an optimal solution? (Thanks to many comments ...
### Does finding a cycle with $\log n$ length in $\text{P}$?
Let $G$ be an arbitrary graph with $n$ vertices and we want to find a simple cycle with $\log n$ length. Is there exists a known polynomial algorithm for this problem?