# 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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### Authors of Complementary Slackness

Who were the first researchers to prove the Complementary Slackness condition for linear programming? I believe that strong optimality was proved by Gale, Kuhn, and Tucker in 1951, but I couldn't ...
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### Rate Pooling Optimization Algorythim

I have thousands of wireless LTE hotspots. Each month I need to assign each hotspot a rate plan. Each hotspot uses some amount of data in a month (represented in megabytes). Each rate plan has some ...
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### Largest weight-limited connected subgraph: NP-complete?

When playing Terra Mystica, it might be useful to predict how many spades you will get throughout the game, and use this information to decide where to build, such that you stand a good chance of ...
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### Among $k$ unit vectors, find odd set with sum length less than 1

I have $k$ unit vectors in $\mathbb{R}^k$. Can I efficiently identify a set of $2n+1$ vectors $v_1, \dots v_{2n+1}$ such that $\sum_{i< j} v_i\cdot v_j < -n$ for any $n$ -- or determine that no ...
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### Auction where each bidder bids on a bundle of items

Is there some optimal solution in an auction where each bidder bids on a bundle of items?
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### Algorithm to enclose a 2D-gridbased-room efficient

I have the problem that I have a grid-based room which has 1 or more exits and I want to "secure" the room with minimal effort. Here a little Example: In this example black squares are not passable, ...
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### Why is Minimum $k$-cut NP hard when $k$ is specified as part of the input?

As you know a set of edges whose removal leaves $k$ connected components is called a $k$-cut. The minimum $k$-cut problem asks for a minimum weight $k$-cut. For $k=2$ this problem is P. Vazirani in ...
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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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### Algorithm(s) for creating balanced 5-a-side teams?

I play 5-a-side soccer twice a week. 10 people play each game out of a pool of about 30 people who are giving the opportunity to play as it's first come first serve. Some people play more often than ...
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### Maximum sum subset of an array with an extra condition

We are given numbers $n \leq 200$, $k \leq 10$ and an array of $3n$ positive integers not greater than $10^6$. Find the maximum possible sum of a subset of elements of this array, such that in every ...
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### What is the global function we are trying to Optimise with Clustering Algorithms?

I am doing some reading (and implementation) of some Clustering Algorithms. First I started with the well known K-Mean algorithm and implemented it directly from a paper. Got a kind of decent ...
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### What is the significance of the vector dimension in semidefinite programming relaxations?

Let's say that we want to design a semi-definite programming approximation for an optimization problem such as MAX-CUT or MAX-SAT or what have you. So, we first write down an integer quadratic ...
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### Genetic algorithm: What is the expected number of strings that are explored?

My question concerns genetic algorithm searching along bit strings. Given: $N$ = population size $l$ = length of bit strings $p_c$ = probability that a single crossover occur (double crossover never ...

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