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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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Hardness of single source shortest path

Bellman Ford solves the single source shortest path problem when a graph may have both positive and negative weights in $O(|E||V|)$ time. This complexity is much larger than both the input and output ...
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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 ...
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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?
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Complexity class without fixed-poly size circuit

$PP$ is shown to have no fixed-poly size circuit by Vinodchandran. Bounded inside the polynomial hierarchy, $\Sigma^2_p$ is also shown to possess no fixed-poly size circuit by Kannan. In notation, ...
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Using Yao's principle to find a lower bound

This is a HW question, so I'm not expecting any answers, just a general guidance/help. Definition. Given $\underset{\neq0}{\underbrace{s}}\in\left\{ 0,1\right\} ^{n}$, a function $f:\left\{ 0,1\right\...
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Showing $2^x$ is a lower bound

How do I show that $2^x - x^2 \in \Omega(2^x)$? Basically, I know that this means that $\exists a, x_0 \in \mathbb{R^+}, \forall x \in \mathbb{N}, a.2^x \leq 2^x - x^2$. I worked around a bit with ...
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findMax reduce to sort

Can I reduce the find max (or find min) problem to the sort problem? Because if so, knowing the lower bound for find max is Ω(n) I can also infer that the lower bound for sorting is Ω(n) too? I'm ...
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lower bound proof with adversary argument

We have to run a song on a Walkman, for that we need 2 full batteries. Let's say we have a mixed set of 30 batteries (15 are empty and and 15 are full) and then only way to test if the battery is full ...
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Query complexity of exact learning and combinatorial parameter

When defining the query complexity of exact learning for a concept $c$ (considered as a function from $\{0,1\}^n \mapsto \{0,1\}$) in a concept class $\mathcal{C}$, we often come across the following ...
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Minimum and maximum of sum of inverse degree of a graph

Suppose we have a simple undirected graph $G(V,E)$, where $V$ and $E$ are the set of vertices and edges respectively. we denote $d(v)$ as the degree of a vertex $v \in V$. I am interested to find ...
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Highest lower bound on an NP complete problem

What is the highest time complexity lower bound that has been proven on any (non-contrived) NP complete problem?
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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 of Lower Bound for Deterministic Distinct Elements Algorithm

There is a proof in this document (page 8, Section 4, Lemma 3: https://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs170/fa16/lecture-11-29.pdf) that mirrors a proof my professor gave in my algorithms class. The lemma ...
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Use substitute algorithm to prove T(n) =4T(n/2) + n^2 compact lower bound [duplicate]

how to use substitute algorithm to prove T(n) =4T(n/2) + n^2 compact lower bound. this is a algorithm of my class home work,but i dont know how to solve it.
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How hard is APPROXIMATE-#SAT? [closed]

It is well known that the problem of counting the satisfying assignments of SAT, namely the problem #SAT, is #P-complete. It is also suspected (somewhat less widely) that even deciding SAT should ...
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Is this lower bound proof for the comparison-based sorting problem correct?

Here is a lower bound proof for the comparison-based sorting problem: Any comparison-based sorting algorithm can be considered to work by putting elements into their final positions one by one (Take ...
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How to prove that a problem can't be solved in time $\mathcal O(n^{1/2 - \epsilon})$?

I have seen many problems in graph theory and in other related fields which admit a sublinear (in input size) running time $\mathcal O(n^{1/2})$ algorithm, where $n$ is the input size. I am not sure ...
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How to find lower bound of f(n) for master theorem

I'm studying the master method to solving a recurrence. It describes three cases, the last one of which depends on what lower bound a function f(n) has. I usually ...
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From SETH to circuit lowerbounds

Are there reductions from SETH (Strong Exponential Time Hypothesis) to lowerbounds against threshold circuits? (maybe for computing Boolean functions of the form OR-of-AND-of-OR) In threshold ...
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Is it possible to solve 3SUM in $O(n^2)$ time?

Problem: 3SUM Input: Three lists A, B and C of integers and an integer k. Each list contain $n$ numbers. Task: Decide whether there exists a tuple (a, b, c) ∈ A × B × C such that a + b + c = k. ...
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Circuit Lower bound for $EXP^{NP}$

By Burhman, Fortnow and Thierauf result Paper Link, we know that $MA_{EXP} \not\subset P/poly$. Also, we know that $MA \subseteq P^{NP}$ (or $\Delta_{2}^{P}$ in some literatures). By using the ...
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Tight bound on the number of intersections between a line and a triangulation

I'm interested in the maximum number of intersections that a line and a triangulation on $n$ points could have. More specifically, given $n$, we are interested in the worst-case (maximum) number of ...
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How to prove that matrix multiplication of two 2x2 matrices can't be done in less than 7 multiplications?

In Strassen's matrix multiplication, we state one strange ( at least to me) fact that matrix multiplication of two 2 x 2 takes 7 multiplication. Question : How to prove that it is impossible to ...
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Is $Ω(n\log ⁡n)$ the lower-bound for *all* sorting algorithms or *just comparison-based* sorting algorithms?

Is $Ω(n\log n)$ the lower-bound for all sorting algorithms or just comparison-based sorting algorithms? If the latter, is it possible for there to be general-purpose sorting algorithms which perform ...
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“Natural” reductions vs “Polynomial-time many-one” reductions (Karp Reductions)

For two problems $A$ and $B$ and a Karp Reduction $R$ from $A$ to $B$, we call the reduction $R$ natural if, for any instance $I$ of problem $A$, the size of $R(I)$ (as well as the possible numerical ...
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How to prove that matrix inversion is at least as hard as matrix multiplication?

Suppose we are given a matrix $A$ over real numbers and we want to computer the inverse of matrix $A$. There are various algorithms to do so and it also turn out that we can use matrix multiplication ...
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Find a subset in constant many queries

Black box of $f(x)$ means I can evaluate the polynomial $f(x)$ at any point. Input: A black box of monic polynomial $f(x) \in\mathbb{S}[x]$ of degree $d$. Question : $\mathbb{S} \subseteq \mathbb{Z}$,...
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how to find upper bound and lower bound of quadratic equation

I am relatively new to algorithms, I wrote one pattern matching algorithm and its running time is $O(n^2)$, I tried it by step count method, direct method and also the constant method which all yields ...
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Best Algorithm for searching for an index in an array such that A[i] = i

Recently i got a question in one of my exams about asking for an algorithm which searches an element in a sorted array such that $A[i] = i$. My algorithm was based on binary search and did a $O (\log ...
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Reductions: Lower Bound and Upper Bound

The question is from my complexity-theory course. Explain the concept of polynomial reduction between problems and explain how, and under what circumstances, lower bound and upper bound problems can ...
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Lower bounds: Detecting a length 2 path

Prove that determining if a non-directed graph of $n$ vertices has or doesn't have a length $2$ path requires time $\Omega(n^2)$, assuming that the graph is represented as an adjacency matrix.
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Proving that converting min-heaps to max-heaps requires time Ω(n)

Suppose I have a min-heap SH stored inside an array. I can perform the operations: view-min(SH) in $O(1)$ extract-min(SH) in $O(\log n)$ insert(SH) in $O(\log n)$ is-empty(SH) in $O(1)$ If I want to ...
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Doubt regarding address calculation in two-dimensional arrays

I am reading about the address calculation formulas for one and two-dimensional arrays. I have two related doubts concerning it. In one of the problems, we are asked to calculate the ...
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Lower bound on space of DFS keeping the running time linear

$\mathsf{DFS(G, u) \text{}}$, $G = (V,E)$ Input : A Directed graph $G$ and a source vertex $u$. Find : Is $v$ reachable from vertex $u$ for all $v \in V$ ? Model of computation : Word RAM , one ...
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Complexity of determining whether three points are collinear from a set of points

Let $S \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ be a finite set of points. Do there exists three collinear points $p, q, r \in S$? I wan't to know the complexity of this decision problem and present my approach as ...
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Lower Bound for Sorted 2-Sum

Given a sorted array of integers $x$ and a target value $t$, determine if there exists a pair $x_i, x_j \in x \wedge i \neq j$ such that $x_i + x_j = t$. What is the lower bound for this problem? I ...
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Lower bound of degree of polynomial approximating parity

Let $\text{MOD}_2 : \{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}$ be a parity function where $$\text{MOD}_2(x_1,\dots,x_n) = \sum_i x_i \bmod 2$$ It is known [See e.g. Lemma 5 of this lecture note] that any ...
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How to solve a knapsack problem with increased weight limit?

Let us consider the knapsack problem. Given a set $P$ of $n$ items where each item has weight $w_i$ and value $v_i$ for all $i=1,2,\ldots,n$. We have two bins, one has a weight limit of $W$ and the ...
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Finding post-order traversal of a binary tree from its in-order and pre-order traversals lower bound

I know that we can construct a BST by just having its pre-order traversal in $O(n)$ time (this link). But what if the tree is just a binary tree and we have its in-order and pre-order traversals? I ...
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Evasiveness of acyclicity of undirected graph

The lecture note by Jeff Erickson discusses "Evasive Graph Properties": We call a graph property evasive if we have to look at all $\binom{n}{2}$ entries in the adjacent matrix to decide whether ...
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Can we count the number of inversions in time $\mathcal{O}(n)$?

It is possible to find the total number of inversions by $\mathcal{O}(n\log{}n)$ running time (extension of merge-sort algorithm for example). Is there more asymptotically efficient way to do it? $\...
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Lower bound on worst case pancake number?

Given n pancakes, for each permutation we can compute the minimum number of pancake flips. If we take the maximum over all possible permutations, we get the worst case pancake number $P_n$. I think ...