# Questions tagged [optimization]

Questions about problems that entail selecting the best element from some set of available alternatives, and methods to solve them.

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### Maximizing a sequence of items under order and pairwise restriction

Suppose I have a number of items $\{A ... Z$} which are ordered accordingly. Each item has an associated weight, for example $W_A$. Between all items, there's a criterion $c$ which determines whether ...
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### Artificial ant colony algorithm for graph

let's assume we have ant at node $1$ and she has $\{2,3,4\}$ vertices. How do I compute which one she choose? I mean if the formula $p_{ij}(k)$ is the probability of $k$-th ant at node $i$ choose $j$ ...
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### tricks to prevent code optimization [closed]

Why and how do https://github.com/lsds/spectre-attack-sgx/blob/master/SGXSpectre/enclave/enclave_attack.c#L25 and https://github.com/lsds/spectre-attack-sgx/blob/master/SGXSpectre/main/main.c#L110 ...
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### Understanding Submodular Cover Problem

So the wikipedia article is bit confusing and states In mathematics, a submodular set function (also known as a submodular function) is a set function whose value, informally, has the property that ...
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### How to maximize $f$ while minimizing $g$ at the same time?

Lately, I have been dealing with a problem that I didn't know how to name it to solve it properly. The problem is as follow: let's assume that we have a set of elements $A$. And, we have two ...
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### Relation between shape descriptors and featured connected component in matching problems

Hope I'm asking in the correct community, from the title, I need a clarification regarding the idea of dealing with 3d descriptor and featured connected components. I have this approach: model -> ...
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### Looking for some references on voting theory

After reading through this paper on optimizing the sum of sigmoid functions, http://www.web.stanford.edu/~boyd/papers/pdf/max_sum_sigmoids.pdf, I am interested in the problem addressed in section 7.3 ...
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### What algorithm to use for this problem?

I was recently faced with a hackerrank interview test where I couldn't solve the following problem correctly. I would not want to name the exact problem for privacy purposes, but I can tell that it ...
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### In multithreaded computations, how does parallelism, slackness and speedup affect the running time?

In the CLRS book it mentions that during some world-class multithreaded chess-playing program, developers had to prototype their program on a 32-processor computer then run it on a supercomputer with ...
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### Mixed integer non convex optimization problem

If an optimization problem is mixed integer non-convex problem. The optimal solution by applying brute exhaustive search is infeasible to be applied in practice due to high complexity i.e. $O(N^K)$. ...
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### Pandemic board game - find all possible next 4 actions

I hope I am asking this on the right community. I am building an Artificial Intelligence to play the board game Pandemic. The AI uses a Monte Carlo algorithm. After implementing the game rules and ...
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### Why does such reductions work [duplicate]

In class we saw examples of reductions like from Independent Set (IS) to Longest common subsequence (arbitrary number of sequences) (LCS) $V = \{v_1,\ldots,v_n\} E =\{ e_1,\ldots, e_m \}$ The ...
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### Rearrange items in order reduce fragmentation and reduce wasted space

I have a segment with some offsets at irregular intervals There are items of various length inside. Items cannot be placed randomly. Instead, their left side must match some offset. Items are free ...
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### Grouping n points into groups of size m with objective to have least traveling distance in each group

Assumptions: There are "n" jobs which are distributed over the city. Company has "k" available workers. Each worker can do "x" jobs per day. "x" is dependent to the worker skills and the distance ...
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### Performant algorithm to find edges without cross overs

I have a series of graphs with points plotted like this: Like in the image, I need to join these points to create a complete edge. I am currently doing this with nearest-neighbour, but because I don'...
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### Weighted Activity Selection Problem with allowing shifting starting time

I have some activities with weights, and I would like to select non overlapping activities by maximizing the total weight. This is known problem and solution exists. In my case, I am allowed to ...
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### Improve algorithmic complexity

We have an array of N size. We have to perform Q queries on it, in which each Query contains and Index I for which we do: ...
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### Can one pose an optimization problem as a problem in machine learning?

There seems to be an increasing trend towards posing problems in the realms of classical optimization theory as machine learning problems. Can you explain when one would resort to using machine ...
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### Dynamic programming algorithm with an O(n) performance that will give the optimal solution

I am currently learning the dynamic substructure and optimal solution for the coin change-making, and one of the questions given from my teacher is to describe an overall O(n) dynamic programming ...
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### Is there a way to *round* a nearby point into the feasible set?

Let $P \subset \mathbb R^d$ be a polytope with interior given by $F$-many linear inequalities. Suppose we have a convex problem with feasible set $P$. For example computing the Euclidean projection of ...
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### How Expensive is Projecting onto a Polytope?

I have a problem where our action set is a polytope $\mathcal P\subset \mathbb R^d$ and an algorithm that involves projecting onto the action set. For example it says to select the Euclidean ...
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### is the complexity of an algorithm connected to the “classification” of a optimization problem?

I wonder if the complexity is connected to an optimization problem. In general but also specifically e.g. when having a look at $O(n^2)$. Does this just describe the complexity in general or does it ...
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### Solving the 0-1 Multiple knapsack problem via Dynamic programming?

I want to code a variant of 0-1 Multiple knapsack problem via Dynamic programming. Problem: Given a set of n items and a set of m bags (m <= n), with ...
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### Understanding simulated annealing information theoretically

So I recently rediscovered simulated annealing though a path that others seem to be well aware of. I was aware of Metropolis-Hastings as a sampling algorithm that creates a Markov-Chain who's ...
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### How to solve the minimum-cost flow problem on a complete graph, with a concave cost function of flow for each edge?

Here is the problem: Input: A series of source/sink nodes at fixed positions with given outwards/inwards flow Edges are NOT specified. The edges can connect any nodes. The total source and sink ...
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### Finding bounded lexicographically largest string of digits but not larger than other with counted substitutions

The problem comes from the book текстовые и жадные алгоритмы (String and greedy algorithms) by a fairly unknown Russian computer scientist Николай Сухоруков. We are given two numbers $A$ and $B$ of ...
If I were to solve the linear relaxation of a knapsack problem via column generation how could I model the master problem and pricing subproblem? Given a set $N$ of items with value $v_{i}$ and weight ...