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# 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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### Minimize same placed elements in a list of permutations (Heap)

I'm trying to optimize the permutations generated from a set of n elements. Here is the pitch: I have a set of 6 elements $\{1,2,3,4,5,6\}$ and I want to create 10 permutations. I could use Heap ...
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### How to get to the efficient solution of a problem on buying with exchange policy

I was working through some coding challenges at hackerrank.com and got to this one. I understand the problem and how to solve it, but after solving it I searched for more solutions to improve mine. ...
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### How to identify a continuous shape and break it into minimum number of rectangles?

The input in this case is going to be coordinates in 2D of the vertices of the shape. There will be no curves, but the shape can have holes. The algorithm or program needs to identify the continuous ...
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### How is ellipsoid method a polynomial-time algorithm for LP?

I have always thought that the ellipsoid algorithm is an algorithm which can be used to solve LP in polynomial-time. However, what confuses me is the dependence on the ratio of volumes of the balls (...
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### Circle fitting with fixed radius using algorithm by Chernov

I am doing a project where circle fitting is needed and I came across an algorithm and code found on the website (https://people.cas.uab.edu/~mosya/cl/CPPcircle.html) which works very well. My ...
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### metaheuristics vs exact and traditional algorithms

Recently, my friend has submitted a paper and solved a problem with an exact method. Surprisingly, a reviewer asked him why he used an exact method instead of the popular metaheuristics algorithms! We ...
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### Optimization palletizing and dispatch

I have the following situation: I have to find the most optimal days to palletize and to dispatch pallets to 22 different destination. The demand for each destination varies, ranging from 3 to 12 ...
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### Is this variation of the assignment problem NP-hard, and does it have a name?

I’m trying to solve a problem very similar to the assignment problem, with a few twists. The problem has a certain amount of workers, and a certain amount of tasks - workers is always >= tasks. Each ...
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### Creating a waste-optimizing algortihm for cutting a 1d block

I have a one-dimensional block of material. I run an analysis that divides the material into usable and unusable regions. In a manufacturing process, said material is cut and the unusable regions ...
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### Is this a good way of generating diverse solutions to a problem using a genetic algorithm?

Imagine a complicated blackbox-esque system that has 20 inputs and 5 outputs. I have a set of criteria I am able to use to construct a fitness function. I run a genetic algorithm to deduce values ...
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### Minimize number of math operation of a specific matrix vector multiplication?

Let's say we have a Matrix M and a column vector v like below multiply equals Assume we can only perform multiplication, addition and substraction operation. With normal approach we need 3 ...
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### Time Complexity of Binary Linear Programming

As far as I know, Integer Linear Programming(ILP) problem is NP-complete. According to the following paper, Binary Linear Programming problem(BLP) can be solved in Polynomial time. http://dx.doi.org/...
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### Algorithm or Method to reconstruct 3D world coordinates from 2D pixels with some known corresponding real-world dimensions

I have an algorithm than can recognize the 2d pixel locations of certain 3d points within a 2d image. Ultimately we are interested in computing a real-world horizontal distance between these points. ...
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### Minimization of idle time with two kinds of actors

Let's say I have 2 different types of machines responsible for 2 different duties. I have the PRODUCTION_MACHINES that EACH are able to produce a single unit of goods within 2 hours. Then I have ...
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### How to prove the optimization version problem (whose decision version is NP-complete) can be solved in poly-time iff P=NP?

I have proved the decision version of my problem be $\mathcal{NP}$-complete. And I know that if I can solve the optimization version in poly-time, then I can just to compare the obtained minimum (or ...
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### Non-linear optimization of a family of functions

I'd like some advice about the following problem (resolution methods, problem category, etc.). The context is about the coregistration of several images all-in-once ($n$ images, $f_{i,j}$ the ...
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### Obtaining the dual variables of an optimisation problem with second order cone constraints solved using Gurobi

I'm solving an optimisation problem with linear and second order cone constraints, in other words the problem is convex and should have dual variables. I'm using Julia with JuMP to formulate the ...
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### What are the benefits of languages that are not Turing complete?

Unfortunately I did a degree in CS without much theoretical computer science. One thing I used to hear is that sub languages, or languages which are not Turing complete, allow for better optimization? ...
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### Can graph execution be better optimized than imperative programs?

I've been reading about Google's TensorFlow, and the way it represents calculations with graphs that are then executed by an engine. While the concept is interesting, I would like to understand why ...
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### Algorithm for selecting a sample that's as spread out as possible?

I have a large database of data with dates. There are large gaps and large chunks of data without gaps. I want to get a sample of this data such that the dates are as spread out as possible (i.e. as ...
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### Is there an algorithm that provides the highest possible “sum of satisfaction” for a priority based distribution problem?

Let's say we have n (e.g. 6) children and a box of candy. The box has k (e.g. 8) different flavours, and m (e.g. 4) piece of candy in each flavour. This question is specifically about the cases where ...
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### Is it possible to compute a whole convolution layer at once?

I have an input of 32×32×3 and I want to feed it to a convolution layer that output 32×32×16 feature maps. I know that I can compute a single feature map as matrix multiplication. But my question is, ...
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### Find the m-th largest separation

The m-th largest number in a list of n numbers can be found in $O(m \log n)$ using a max-heap. This avoids sorting. Suppose I'm interested not in the actual numbers, but separation between adjacent ...
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### Approporiate algorithm for a graph theory problem

So I have recently ran into a graph theory problem and was unable to find a matching algorithm for the problem or reword the problem to match some existing algorithm. The problem is pretty ...
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### Are there variations of the regular runtimes of the Big-O-Notation?

There are multiple $O$-Notations, like $O(n)$ or $O(n^2)$ and so on. I was wondering, if there are variations of those in reality such as $O(2n^2)$ or $O(\log n^2)$, or if those are mathematically ...
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### IPM vs Projected Subgradient Descent

In my theoretical CS class, we learned about Interior Point Methods for convex optimization, but it seems that projected subgradient descent works equally well for constrained optimization. What are ...
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### Algorithm to optimize redistribution of balls amongst urns [closed]

Here is the question: Say we have k urns with 1 ball in each urn. At each iteration of the game, I pick one urn and redistribute its contents amongst other urns and each urn can receive at most one ...
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### Optimizing AVL Tree operations for sequential data

I'm working on an implementation of a data structure that needs a tree-like data structure for accelerating look-ups. The interesting part about this data structure is that the only operations on the ...
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### League and Divisions problem (np-hard)

There is a League. And there are Divisions, that are the disjoint subsets of this League. There are n teams (unique locations are given, let's assume it's x and y for simplicity reasons). Every team ...
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### Loop Invariant Code Motion - am I missing something?

I've been implementing LICM for a project, and came upon a strange observation. Let's say we have a loop int i = 10; while (i > 0) { a = 2; i--; } ...
Let $\{f_i\}_{i=1}^{k}:[0,k]\to\mathbb{Z}$. The problem: Maximize the sum $\sum_{i=1}^{k}f_i(x_i)$ subject to the the constraint $\sum_{i=1}^{k}x_i\le k$ I think we suppose to come up with a ...