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How/when is calculus used in Computer Science?

Many computer science programs require two or three calculus classes. I'm wondering, how and when is calculus used in computer science? The CS content of a degree in computer science tends to focus ...
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What is the meaning of $O(m+n)$?

This is a basic question, but I'm thinking that $O(m+n)$ is the same as $O(\max(m,n))$, since the larger term should dominate as we go to infinity? Also, that would be different from $O(\min(m,n))$. ...
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Changing variables in recurrence relations

Currently, I am self-studying Intro to Algorithms (CLRS) and there is one particular method they outline in the book to solve recurrence relations. The following method can be illustrated with this ...
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Proving the (in)tractability of this Nth prime recurrence

As follows from my previous question, I've been playing with the Riemann hypothesis as a matter of recreational mathematics. In the process, I've come to a rather interesting recurrence, and I'm ...
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Are the functions always asymptotically comparable?

When we compare the complexity of two algorithms, it is usually the case that either $f(n) = O(g(n))$ or $g(n) = O(f(n))$ (possibly both), where $f$ and $g$ are the running times (for example) of the ...
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Why is there the regularity condition in the master theorem?

I have been reading Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et al. and I'm reading the statement of the Master theorem starting on page 73. In case 3 there is also a regularity condition that needs to be ...
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n*log n and n/log n against polynomial running time

I understand that $\Theta(n)$ is faster than $\Theta(n\log n)$ and slower than $\Theta(n/\log n)$. What is difficult for me to understand is how to actually compare $\Theta(n \log n)$ and $\Theta(n/\...
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How to prove that $n(\log_3(n))^5 = O(n^{1.2})$?

This a homework question from Udi Manber's book. Any hint would be nice :) I must show that: $n(\log_3(n))^5 = O(n^{1.2})$ I tried using Theorem 3.1 of book: $f(n)^c = O(a^{f(n)})$ (for $c >...
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Is $O$ contained in $\Theta$?

So I have this question to prove a statement: $O(n)\subset\Theta(n)$... I don't need to know how to prove it, just that in my mind this makes no sense and I think it should rather be that $\Theta(n)\...
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Decidability of checking an antiderivative?

Let's suppose I have two functions $F$ and $G$ and I'm interested in determining whether $$F(x) = \int G(x)dx.$$ Let's suppose that my functions are composed of elementary functions (polynomials, ...
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$\log^*(n)$ runtime analysis

So I know that $\log^*$ means iterated logarithm, so $\log^*(3)$ = $(\log\log\log\log...)$ until $n \leq 1$. I'm trying to solve the following: is $\log^*(2^{2^n})$ little $o$, little $\omega$, ...
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Solving $T(n)= 3T(\frac{n}{4}) + n\cdot \lg(n)$ using the master theorem

Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd edition (p.95) has an example of how to solve the recurrence $$\displaystyle T(n)= 3T\left(\frac{n}{4}\right) + n\cdot \log(n)$$ by applying the Master Theorem. I am ...
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High maths for game theory

I am a starting Ph.D. student in computer science, and I am trying to understand some classic game-theory papers, such as those by Nash, Kalai and Smorodinsky. But I find it hard to understand the ...
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Given a fast and a slow computer, at what sizes does the fast computer running a slow algorithm beat the slow computer running a fast algorithm?

The source of this question comes from an undergraduate course I am taking, which covers an introduction to the analysis of algorithms. This is not for homework, but rather a question asked in CLRS. ...
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Complexity of computer algebra for systems of trigonometric equations

As discussed in this question, I drafted a spec algorithm that hinges on finding a specific root of a system of trigonometric equations satisfying the following recurrence: $\qquad f_{p_0} = 0\\ \...
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What is the depth of recursion if we split an array into $\log_2(n)$ with each recursive call?

We have a function which takes an array as input. It breaks an array into $\log_2(n)$ parts with equal sizes where $n$ is the size of the subarray. It keeps breaking each of the subarrays until there ...
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Master theorem and constants independent of $n$

I applied the Master theorem to a recurrence for a running time I encountered (this is a simplified version): $$T(n)=4T(n/2)+O(r)$$ $r$ is independent of $n$. Case 1 of the Master theorem applies ...
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what is the complexity of recurrence relation?

what is the complexity of below relation $ T(n) = 2*T(\sqrt n) + \log n$ and $T(2) = 1$ Is it $\Theta (\log n * \log \log n)$ ?
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Is Big-Oh notation preserved under monotonic functions?

I was just looking at the big-Oh notation. I wanted to know if the following is true in general $$f(n)=O(g(n)) \implies \log (f(n)) = O(\log (g(n)))$$ I can prove that this is true if $g$ is ...
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Mathematics Courses for Computer Scientists [closed]

I am looking for standard math courses (Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Linear Algebra, etc.) that were developed specifically for computer scientists, and use computer-science examples for motivation. For ...
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How to prove $(n+1)! = O(2^{(2^n)})$

I am trying to prove $(n+1)! = O(2^{(2^n)})$. I am trying to use L'Hospital rule but I am stuck with infinite derivatives. Can anyone tell me how i can prove this?
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Trigonometry in computer science

What's the use of studying trigonometry in computer science? I mean, is it essential? Does it have a specific application in computer science? Because I can't seem to muster enough motivation for ...
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Asymptotic growth rate of $f(n)$ and $f(n+1)$

Let $f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous positive function, where $f(n)$ is integer for each integer $n$. Prove or disprove whether the following always holds: $\qquad f(n+1) = \...
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Complexity of computing the antiderivative of a given function

Disclaimer: I don't know much computational complexity theory. I am nevertheless curious. If function $f(x)$ has a certain level of computational complexity (which I actually don't know how to ...
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Fixed point of hash

Are hashing algorithms constructed to guarantee that no fixed point exists? My assumption is not, because I don’t see what utility that would have. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.) As such, purely ...
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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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A totally-ordered set of functions

When we analyze algorithms using the $O$ notation, we usually use only a small set of the space of all functions. E.g., we use $\Theta(n)$ but not $\Theta(2n)$, as these two are equally well ...
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What is the “continuity” as a term in computable analysis?

Background I once implemented a datatype representing arbitrary real numbers in Haskell. It labels every real numbers by having a Cauchy sequence converging to it. That will let $\mathbb{R}$ be in the ...
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Why do Computers use Hex Number System at assembly language?

Why do computer use Hex Number System at assembly language? Why don't they use any other number system like binary, octal, decimal? What thing forced computer designer to use hex system at assembly? ...
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Can someone explain why there are two summations here?

The following quote is from the book "The art of computer programming": (..) sentence would presumably be used only if either $j$ or $k$ (not both) has exterior significance. In most cases we ...
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How to compute a level set $A=\left\{ \theta:f\left(\theta\right)\geq a\right\} $

I have a real function $f:\mathbb{{R}}^{d}\mapsto\mathbb{R}$, where $d>1$. The question is how to compute the level set $A=\left\{ \theta:f\left(\theta\right)\geq a\right\} $. I am a statistician ...
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Do formulas involving fewer repetitions of variables give higher numerical precision?

I'm having some trouble doing SICP exercise 2.15. Please note that this question is not closed related to Lisp. Instead, it's closely related to numerical analysis. Exercise 2.15. Eva Lu Ator, ...
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Coinduction in mathematical analysis?

Coinduction is a logical principle that is somehow dual to induction. I'm struggling to understand it. Are there any interesting examples of coinduction in analysis? A few examples seem like they ...
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What does it mean to multiply or divide polynomials?

What does it mean to multiply or divide polynomials? I have used them so many times, in error correcting codes, cryptography, etc. but it was never clear to me what would be a graphical ...
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Learning rule of multilayer neural networks

Suppose we have a 2-layer neural network completely connected with $d^{(0)}$ input units, $d^{(1)}$ hidden units and $d^{(2)}$ output units. We consider the error function given by $J(w) = \frac{1}{2}\...
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Replacing 0x1021 polynomial with 0x8005 in this CRC-16 code

I have some highly optimized code for a CRC-16 implementation. It focuses on speed rather than flexibility, and as a result, it is hard-coded to model the specific unreflected polynomial ...
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Complexity for finding zeroes of sum of cosines

Consider the following equation with variable $n \in \mathbb{N}$: $$\sum \limits_{i=1}^{k} \cos(n\theta_{i}) = 0.$$ Given $\theta_1,\dots,\theta_k$, I'd like to determine whether there exists $n \in ...
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Hash function to hash 6-digit positive integers

Let UID denote a unique identifier. UID's are represented as 6-digit positive integers. I want to insert a collection of UID's in a hash table with $M$ buckets, where $M$ is a prime number (for ...
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How to solve recurrence. T(n). = T(n-1) + T(n/2) + n?

I am aware that to get a running time by recursion tree method, we need to draw a tree and find: a) number of levels in tree. Since left side of tree decreases by 1 in size, so it's longest path ...
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What is the exact definition of undirected graph, directed graph, unidirectional graph, bidirectional graph? [closed]

I've read many literature papers, but I still cannot understand their exact formalization definitions. Is their any difference among them or is there any relationship among them?
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Function Maximization in Java

I have a bivariate function like $ f(x,y) = \frac{1}{x^3 \sqrt{\pi}}. e^{\frac{2-x}{x^2}} . y^3 . e^{3.y \over 3-y} $ and I want to find its global maximum over a range of $ x \in [0, 200] \text{, ...
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Can most programs (except the IO part) be re-written as a sequence of matrix operations?

I got this idea recently. If we do not consider the data IO part of software, imagine the data is in the memory and we need to come out with some decision (which product to recommend to a user, how to ...
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Set of all rational numbers less than given computable real number is decidable

Prove that set of rational numbers less than given computable real number is decidable This problem was in my exam yesterday, but I was not able to solve it. However I still want to give it another ...
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Error in Generating Function Solution

I am currently working my way through An Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms to stay sharp with recurrences as well as learn generating function techniques. However my analyses and the books ...
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Algorithm Analysis of Insertion Sort

Why is the recurrence formula for insertion sort is T(n-1) + n? I understand the T(n-1) part but the why does the cost for ...
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Reference request: Introduction to reinforcement learning with hand calculation examples

For me, the most difficulty when it comes to learning about reinforcement learning is that there is not much to learn in the sense that without running some algorithm, it is very difficult to get a ...
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Analysis of the long division algorithm in the Knuth book (Seminumerical algorithms) 1

I've been reading through the long division algorithm exposed in the Knuth book for a week and I still miss some details. There's an implementation of such algorithm in "Hacker's Delight" by Warren, ...
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Upper bound on the number of triangles in a planar graph

For any $n \geq 4$, I was able to prove that every Apollonian network has $3n - 8$ triangles. An Apollonian network is a planar graph defined by recursively subdividing a triangle by three smaller ...
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Maximizing the product of a set of dot products

So suppose we have a set of vectors $X$ and we want to approximate the maximum of the following: $\prod_{x \in X} b \cdot x$ where the components of $b$ sum to $1$ If it matters the components of ...
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The equation for how much data is produced every period [closed]

I am trying to find out how much data we produce to project how much we will produce in the future. I find stuff like this and this: There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day at our ...