# 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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### Fast solution for a combinatorial maximizaton problem

You are given a natural number n (n<20). We construct the set S from all binary numbers with n bits. We call two numbers "compatible" if they don't have any common substring of length n-1 (...
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### Scalar by N component vector multiplication faster than O(N)?

Is there a way to multiply scalar by vector faster than just multiplying each element of the vector by that scalar? It feels to me that there should be some exploit to do that. After all we will ...
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### Integer Programming - packing wolves and sheep

I'm new to linear/integer programming and I'm trying to solve a little problem I made up. I want to "pack" animals into a minimum number of bins where some of the animals cannot co-exist (wolves and ...
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### What is the advantage of Day-Stout-Warren algorithm for balancing BST?

While reading about Day–Stout–Warren algorithm for balancing BST which takes any BST and transforms it into a balanced BST in O(n) time. In my opinion I can ...
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### C++: Minimization Using Levenberg Marquardt to Solve for Two Variables [closed]

I am trying to solve this equation using C++: X and Y are both given sets of data. X = [x1, x2, ... , xn], Y = [y1, y2, ... , yn] a is a given integer. The goal is to find a pair z and k that ...
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### How can I fill bookcases with shelves of books using the least number of bookcases?

Sorry for layman's term question, my background in computer science is weak. What I have is a list of shelves with books of varying height. Each shelf stores a value that describes how many shelves (...
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### Is this combinatorial optimisation problem similar to any known problem?

The problem is as follows: We have a two dimensional array/grid of numbers, each representing some "benefit" or "profit." We also have two fixed integers $w$ and $h$ (for "width" and "height".) And a ...
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### Find a quarrel-free seating order with a greedy algorithm [duplicate]

I'm revising for an Algorithms exam and looking at a sample question it says : A group of n teenagers $t_1, \dots, t_n$ are to sit in a single row of n chairs watching a particulary boring comedy ...
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### Set of points partitioned into max subsets of size N with no intersecting edges

Question Given a set of X kd (k-dimensional) points, find the maximum number of closed subsets of these points such that no subsets (each forming a convex hull) overlap or intersect, that each subset ...
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### Formulate the Marriage Problem into a Maximum-flow problem (Graph theory)

Suppose I have $M=\{1,\ldots, n\}$ men and $W = \{1, \ldots, n\}$ women and $B =\{1, \ldots, m\}$ brokers, such that each broker knows a subset of $M \times W$ and for each pair in this subset a ...
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### Separate points inside set

I have a set of points corresponding to pictures on map. Because location precision is not very important, I want to separate the points inside the set to maximize the summed up distance between the ...
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### Why would this Semidefinite Program be Dual Infeasible?

My semidefinite program amounts to two constraints, $L_1 = 0$ and $L_2 = 0$ where $L_i$ are linear functions of my variables $x_{ij}$ with the additional constraint that the $x_{ij}$ matrix is ...
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### Ant colony optimization for continuous functions

I am trying to do optimization of a voice activity detection function, which is a function with continuous parameters. This is easily accomplished with genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, and ...
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### How can the max-flow and min-cut problems, if dual to one another, both have unbounded optimal value?

The max-flow min-cut theorem states that the value of the maximum flow is equal to the minimum cut capacity. It is possible that the max-flow and min-cut is equal to $\infty$. However, reading ...
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### What is the formal name for this algorithmic problem?

I'm doing some work on a problem and I'm finding it difficult to research it with out the actual name of the problem, since the problem I'm working on gives it it's own abstraction. The problem is ...
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### What is the Certificate for Set Cover?

Consider the set cover problem: given a collection of sets ${\cal U}$ whose elements come from $\{1, \ldots, m\}$ find the smallest number of sets in ${\cal U}$ whose union is all of $\{1, \ldots, m\}$...
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### Largest N squares that fit in a rectangle

I was working on a project and I needed to display N squares inside a rectangle area and I want them to be as large as possible, no rotations. More formally: Problem: Given N equal-sized squares and ...
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### Fixed size set to contain the maximum number of given sets

I asked this question in SO here I have about 1000 sets of size <=5 containing numbers 1 to 100. {1}, {4}, {1,3}, {3,5,6}, {4,5,6,7}, {5,25,42,67,100} ... ...
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### Is ecological bin packing NP-hard?

The ACM Contest Problem 102 (HTML or PDF) can be paraphrased as: Given 3 bins each containing possibly different number of bottles of 3 colors, move the bottles so that there is one color per bin, ...
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### What algorithm is suitable for very small scale, time dependent optimization?

I have a time-dependent (dynamic) optimization problem: $$f_t : [0;1]^2 \mapsto \mathbb{R}^+; t \in [1, \dots, n]$$ $f_t$ is to be maximized. That is for each $t$ I would like to find a relatively ...
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### State of art quadratic knacksack algorithms

What is the current status to quadratic knacksack problem? Say, how many variables can the state of art solver handle? Thank you.
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### Algorithm for finding best combination of elements

Say I have a very large, arbitrary number of variables, each of which I can assign to be type A, B, or C. The types come with expenses: Type A's are the least expensive, and C's are the most ...
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### how to improve solution generated by greedy method for 0-1 knapsack? [closed]

I am working on 0-1 knapsack using greedy method, I have some problem in it. It's already proved that solution generated by greedy method for 0-1 knapsack is may or may not be optimal. If solution ...
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### Dynamic Programming Approach

when we are trying to solve a problem with dynamic programming. we have to follow some general steps characterize the solution structure Recursively define optimal solution compute the value from ...
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### How to order objects to minimize non-adjacency cost

I have an array of $N$ objects, each appearing exactly once. I also have a list of $M$ pairs of the objects. Each pair has a "non-adjacency cost" that must be paid if the two objects are not adjacent ...
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### What algorithms solve the minimun multidimensional multidemand 0-1 knapsack problem?

I've found an heuristic algorithm[scatter search] that solves the common version of MDMKP(MultiDemand Multidimensional Knapsack Problem)[the one that maximizes] but what about the minimize version? is ...
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### Given a set of sets and a storage area, find an order that minimizes the sum of the differences between each set and the storage area

This problem is based on an order picking problem with a forward area. The problem description is as follows. We have a warehouse with a set of items $I$ and a forward area $F$ of size $k$. Each day,...
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### Job scheduling problem in O(n log n)

There are $n \leq 10^6$ kinds of cake layers, and for each kind we have a machine capable of baking it in one unit of time and nothing more. Now, a cake is a sequence of layers, more specificly a ...
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### In multi criteria decision making, what notions are there to get a subset of the Pareto set?

In the multi criteria decision making context, let $\mathcal{A}$ be a set of alternatives or choices. Each alternative $\alpha\in \mathcal{A}$ is a vector of $k$ criteria $\alpha=(v_1,v_2,\dots,v_k)$. ...
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### Looking for an algorithm to solve a specific Vehicle Routing Problem

I am trying to figure out a way to create routes for trucks to complete a list of orders(drops/stops), while minimizing distance traveled. There is only ever 1 company warehouse in the area. The ...
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### NP-hardness proof, what is wrong with it?

My question is the following: If we have a problem divided into two versions, weighted and unweighted. Can we prove that the unweighted problem is NP-hard from the fact that the weighted problem is NP-...
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### Optimal vehicle routing on map

Currently I am developing a piece of software that solves the vehicle routing problem. The task is the following: I have several vehicles along the town I have lots of destination points along the ...
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### Efficient update to rational flow network?

Once we've computed the max flow in a flow network with integral capacities, we can change one of its edges' capacity by a unit and recompute a maxflow in linear time using BFS. Is there something ...
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### What kind of scheduling problem is this?

I'm working on a problem and would like to do some research on similar problems to help refine my approach. Can anyone help me identify what kind of problem this is or, at least, what kind of ...