# 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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### Automatic seat assignment algorithm [closed]

I am looking for articles relating to algorithms that deal with automatic selection of seating assignment. I need an algorithm (preferably more than one) that can automatically select a seating place ...
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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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### Trying to understand the Gilmore-Lawler lower bound

For a class project we're developing a software that solves a common optimisation problem. After some research we've found out that our problem is called QAP (Quadratic Asssignment Problem) and the ...
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### Practical Application of Kadane algorithm

Kadane Algorithm is used to solve the maximum subarray problem which in simpler terms is to find the highest possible value of a continuous sub array in an array. One often cited application of ...
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### Assigning packages to different points by minimizing distance: is this a known problem?

Imagine we have N houses, on a standard euclidean 2D plane. We also have N "packages", each of which contains several "objects" of different types, let's call them A, B, C, etc. We know the content of ...
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### Choosing a subset to maximize the minimum distance between points

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 ...
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### Mutation and crossover operations in discrete differential evolutionary operations?

I need to use discrete differential evolutionary algorithm for assigning discrete values from set size $L$ to vectors of size $D$ where $L$ could be smaller, equal or larger than $D$. Elements of ...
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### Balanced partition problem for N =< 60 and very large sums

I was proposed (in school) to develop an approach to solve optimally the balanced partition problem. I tried the pseudo-linear algorithms but SUM is very large (~1M) and so O(S*N) cant run under ...
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### minimizing the summed cardinality of set unions

this optimization problem, I am working on, is kind of making me crazy. ;) Given is a list o of sets (with finite cardinality) of strictly positive integer values (...
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### How to stop genetic algorithm population converging to a single value

I've written a genetic algorithm (GA) that solves a 7-dimensional optimisation problem. All seven variables are floating point numbers. The problem is that the entire population seems to converge to ...
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### Genetic algorithm fitness function [closed]

I'm trying to write some little code (POC for the selection/mutation operators) that uses a genetic algorithm to solve a global maximum for a function. ...
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### How can we minimize the total distance of cross pairs in an array

Suppose we had 2 arrays of the same size with positive numbers and we wanted to pair up the elements of each array such that the total difference between the pairs is minimized. The first thought ...
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### What is the no free lunch theorem?

I've been reading about the No Free Lunch Theorem, but I can't quite understand what it is about. I've heard this theorem described elsewhere as the claim that "no general purpose universal optimiser ...
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### Is there a more up-to-date / wider-scope version of the 'Compendium of NP Optimization Problems'

When I was studying Comp Sci, we had Garey & Johnson as a course textbook, with a large collection of NP-Complete problems. But by that time you could also have a look at the Compendium of NP ...
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### Clarification on Tabu Search

I need some help in understanding the 'Tabu Search' Algorithm. (Wikipedia) I miss a simple explanation to Tabu Search. Anyway, I'm trying to refer to available resources and build an understanding. ...
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### “Unusual” coupling between a decision problem and a corresponding optimization problem

There seems to usually be a tight connection between decision problems and (corresponding) optimization problems in general. However, is this always the case? Are there examples where the typical "...
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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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### Scheduling optimization problem in theta(n)

I've been told it is possible to find a solution to this optimization problem in $\Theta(n)$ but I still don't know how I could do it. I did find easily a solution in $n\lg (n)$ though. I only need to ...
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### Maximum subset intersection problem

Given N finite subsets of the finite universe set E, it is necessary to find the intersection which contains maxumum number of subsets. Let call this problem MSI (Maximum Subset Intersetion). Firstly ...
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### Does it make sense to examine the dual of a feasbility problem?

Consider a standard feasibility problem. The goal is to examine the state of feasible solutions for $Ax=b$ to find an $x$ that satisfies some property. Does the dual of this problem tell us anything ...
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### Wiring Length Minimization

My Problem is like this: I have a physical layout represented as a graph. The Nodes represents hooks/ducts where a wire can anchor and Edges are the possible connection between 2 nodes from where ...