# 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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### What is a the fastest sorting algorithm for an array of integers?

I have come across many sorting algorithms during my high school studies. However, I never know which is the fastest (for a random array of integers). So my questions are: Which is the fastest ...
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### Selling blocks of time slots

Given $n$ time slots that $k$ people want to buy. Person $i$ has a value $h(i,j)\geq 0$ for each time slot $j$. Each person can only buy one consecutive block of time slots, which could be empty. ...
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### How fundamental are matroids and greedoids in algorithm design?

Initially, matroids were introduced to generalize the notions of linear independence of a collection of subsets $E$ over some ground set $I$. Certain problems that contain this structure permit greedy ...
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### Collectively pay the bill problem

There are $n$ people at a table. The $i$th person has to pay $p_i$ dollars. Some people don't have the right bills to pay exactly $p_i$, so they come up with the following algorithm. First, ...
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### Why are NP-complete problems so different in terms of their approximation?

I'd like to begin the question by saying I'm a programmer, and I don't have a lot of background in complexity theory. One thing that I've noticed is that while many problems are NP-complete, when ...
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### Optimal strategy for an abstract game

I've been given the following problem in an interview (that I've already failed to solve, not trying to cheat my way past): The game starts with a positive integer number $A_0$. (E.g. $A_0 = 1234$.) ...
I have a set of points $C$, and I have the distance between each point $D(P_i,P_j)$. These distances are euclidean but the points are actually in a feature space. From the $C$ points I want to choose ...