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

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Interval Scheduling Problem with more than One Resource

Consider the interval scheduling problem, see also here. In order to schedule the $n$ job requests over one resource, you sort the requests in order of finish time, choose the request with earliest ...
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What algorithm would compute the maximum choices from two sets?

Given two vectors of integers of possibly unequal lengths, how can I determine the maximum result possible from accumulating choosing the maximum between corresponding pairs of numbers between the two ...
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Optimal partition of a set of pairs

Suppose we have a set $S = \{(a_1,b_1),...,(a_n,b_n)\}$ where $a_i < m$, $b_i = m-a_i$, $m \in \mathbb{Z}^{+}$, $m>2$ and $n$ is an even number greater than $3$. What is the most efficient ...
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Can one have a condition like this in semidefinite programming?

Is it possible to have the following condition in a semidefinite programming as a constraint? $ M= \left[ {\begin{array}{cc} a & \sqrt{u} \\ \sqrt{u}...
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Experimental Survey on Different Heuristics for Knapsack Problem

I am looking for a good survey/study of experimental results of heuristics for Knapsack problem (or implemented libraries in java/c++). Any help is appreciated!
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Convex optimisation under linear inequality constraints

What are the fastest known algorithms for general convex optimisation under linear inequality constraints?
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Convergence of Simulated Annealing Based Algorithms

I designed a simulated annealing-based optimization algorithm. My simulation shows that it converge fast. I am looking for some sort of proof to show that simulation annealing-based algorithm converge ...
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Dynamic Knapsack Problem - Algorithms and References

I don't know the right name for this problem, or if there is a name, but it is inspired by my initial interpretation of the title of this question (my question is very different, so the link may be ...
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Algorithms to prioritize equipment renewals

I am looking for algorithms to prioritize equipment renewals. Input: (years since last renewal, cost of renewal, importance of renewal). Output: An ordering of the equipment according to which it ...
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Find maximum distance between elements given constraints on some

I have a list of numbered elements 1 to N that fit into positions on a number line starting with 1. I also have constraints for these elements: The element 1 is in position 1, and element N must be ...
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Using Clique decision to solve Clique optimization

How can you perform the clique decision algorithm fewer than $ O(n) $ times to solve clique optimization? I'm not sure if my approach is right but this is my thought process: you would pick vertices ...
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Randomized Rounding of Solutions to Linear Programs

Integer linear programming (ILP) is an incredibly powerful tool in combinatorial optimization. If we can formulate some problem as an instance of an ILP then solvers are guaranteed to find the global ...
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Inferences about Branching in TSP algorithm

I am building a program that uses branching-and-bounding to find an optimal path in a complete graph (the heuristic, faster algorithm is the second part). I have to begin and end at node 0. I was ...
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Optimizing a strictly monotone function

I am looking for algorithms to optimize a strictly monotonic function $f$ such that $f(x) < y$ $f : [a,b] \longrightarrow [c,d] \qquad \text{where } [a,b] \subset {\mathbb N}, [c,d] \subset {\...
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Chained operations on sequences with two operators

Given a binary expresion tree, with addition and multiplication operations, how can we optimize it's evaluation? Can we learn from matrix chain multiplication? A generalization of matrix chain ...
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Cyclic coordinate method: how does it differ from Hook & Jeeves and Rosenbrock?

I have trouble understanding the cyclic coordinate method. How does it differ with the Hook and Jeeves method and the Rosenbrock method? From a past exam text: Describe the cyclic coordinate ...
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Optimization-factoring $\le_p$ Decision-factoring

Optimization factoring: Input: $N\in \mathbb{N}$ Output: All prime factors of $N$ Decision factoring: Input: $N, k\in \mathbb{N}$ Output: True iff $N$ has a prime factor of at most $k$ How can I ...
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Are monoids useful in optimization?

Many common operations are monoids. Haskell has leveraged this observation to make many higher-order functions more generic (Foldable being one example). There is ...
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A variant of the assignment problem (?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A variant of the Assignment Problem (Not a comp.scientist, but have the basic research. Please excuse me if I've overlooked anything obvious.) In my variant of the problem I ...
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Integer LP formulation and the existence of a solution

A film producer is seeking actors and investors for his new movie. There are $n$ available actors; actor $i$ charges $s_i$ dollars. For funding, there are $m$ available investors. Investor $j$ will ...
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Is it possible to analyse computation?

Take a Turing machine, with a terminating program, convert it to some representation of the machine which captures, in a lossless manner, its state as it performs the computation. So you have a ...
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A variant of the Assignment Problem

In my variant of the assignment problem I have a set $A$ of agents and a set (of possibly different cardinality) $T$ of tasks. Each agent needs to be assigned exactly $n$ or $n+1$ tasks, and each task ...
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How to reduce MaxUNSAT to MaxSAT in a (almost) direct way?

In question How to reduce MaxUNSAT to MaxSAT? I was asking, how to reduce the MaxUNSAT problem to MaxSAT. With help of the given answer I could give a polynomial reduction : $MaxUNSAT \leq ...
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Minimum vertex-weight directed spanning tree where the weight function depends on the tree

Given a directed graph $G=(V,E)$ and a node $r\in V$, I need to grow a tree $T$ rooted at $r$ that has a minimum weight and spans all reachable nodes in $G$. The weight function assigns a non-...
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How to implement the details of shotgun hill climbing to make it effective?

I am currently working on a solution to a problem for which (after a bit of research) the use of a hill climbing, and more specificly a shotgun (or random-restart) hill climbing algorithmic idea seems ...
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Produce decision version of the problem

An optimisation problem requires minimising some function $f(x)$, where $x$ is a vector of integers. What is the corresponding decision version of the problem?
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Fast algorithm for max-convolution with concave functions?

I'm interested in a discrete max-convolution problem, which is to compute $$r(c) = \max_{x | x \ge 0, \sum_k x_k = c} \left[ \sum_{k=1} f_k(x_k) \right] $$ for all values $c=0, \ldots, C$, where $x=(...
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Minimize the maximum component of a sum of vectors

I'd like to learn something about this optimization problem: For given non-negative whole numbers $a_{i,j,k}$, find a function $f$ minimizing the expression $$\max_k \sum_i a_{i,f(i),k}$$ An example ...
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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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In s-t directed graph, how to find many small cuts?

Solving the maximum flow problem yields one qualified minimal cut. But I want several (maybe hundreds) small cuts as candidates. The cuts don't have to be minimum cuts, as long as they are small (in ...
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Minimizing the total variation of a sequence of discrete choices

My setup is something like this: I have a sequence of sets of integers $C_i (1\leq i\leq n)$, with $|C_i|$ relatively small - on the order of four or five items for all $i$. I want to choose a ...
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How to use dynamic programming to solve this?

Here is the question: suppose we are given x cents, the amount we want to pay, and a 6-tuple (p, n, d, q, l, t) that represents respectively the number of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies ...
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Efficient bandwidth algorithm

Recently I sort of stumbled on a problem of finding an efficient topology given a weighted directed graph. Consider the following scenario: Node 1 is connected to 2,3,4 at 50 Mbps. Node 1 has 100 ...
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How to use greedy algorithm to solve this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to use greedy algorithm to solve this? You are given $n$ integers $a_1, \ldots, a_n$ all between $0$ and $l$. Under each integer $a_i$ you should write an integer $b_i$ ...
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Weighted subset sum problem

Given an integer sequence $\{ a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_N \}$ that has length $N$ and a fixed integer $M\leq N$, the problem is to find a subset $A =\{i_1, \dots, i_M\} \subseteq [N]$ with $1 \leq i_1 \lt ...
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Ordering elements so that some elements don't come between others

Given an integer $n$ and set of triplets of distinct integers $$S \subseteq \{(i, j, k) \mid 1\le i,j,k \le n, i \neq j, j \neq k, i \neq k\},$$ find an algorithm which either finds a permutation $\pi$...
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Need help understanding this optimization problem on graphs

Has anyone seen this problem before? It's suppose to be NP-complete. We are given vertices $V_1,\dots ,V_n$ and possible parent sets for each vertex. Each parent set has an associated cost. Let $O$ ...
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Golden Section, Fibonacci and Dichotomic Searches

I wonder if somebody could quickly and briefly outline some of the similarities and differences between the line search methods Golden Section Search, Fibonacci Search and Dichotomic Search. I know ...
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Optimizing order of graph reduction to minimize memory usage

Having extracted the data-flow in some rather large programs as directed, acyclic graphs, I'd now like to optimize the order of evaluation to minimze the maximum amount of memory used. That is, given ...
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What is the name of this logistic variant of TSP?

I have a logistic problem that can be seen as a variant of $\text{TSP}$. It is so natural, I'm sure it has been studied in Operations research or something similar. Here's one way of looking at the ...
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Complexity of an optimisation problem in 3D

I have a collection $P \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ of $N$ particles and there is a function $f : P^2 \to \mathbb{R}$. I want to find which configuration of the system minimizes the value of $f$. Can ...
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Distribute objects in a cube so that they have maximum distance between each other

I'm trying to use a color camera to track multiple objects in space. Each object will have a different color and in order to be able to distinguish well between each objects I'm trying to make sure ...
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A continuous optimization problem that reduces to TSP

Suppose I am given a finite set of points $p_1,p_2,..p_n$ in the plane, and asked to draw a twice-differentiable curve $C(P)$ through the $p_i$'s, such that its perimeter is as small as possible. ...
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Analyzing a modified version of the card-game “War”

A simple game usually played by children, the game of War is played by two people using a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Initially, the deck is shuffled and all cards are dealt two the two players,...

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