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A partition or partitioning of a set A is a collection of disjoint sets whose union yields A.

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Find the max partition of unique elements where each element corresponds to the set pool containing that element

Given a list of sets: a b c -> _ c d -> d b d -> b a c -> a a c -> c The objective is to find the max partition of unique elements with ...
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Partitioning bag of sets such that each set in a group has a unique element

Suppose I have a bag (or multiset) of sets $S = \{s_1, s_2, \dots, s_n\}$ and $\emptyset\notin S$. I wish to partition $S$ into groups of sets such that within each group each set has at least one ...
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Smoothed analysis of the Partition problem

I am studying smoothed analysis and trying to apply it to the Partition decision problem: given $n$ real numbers with a sum of $2 S$, decide whether there exists a subset with a sum of exactly $S$. ...
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Conditions under which the 3-partition problem is not strongly NP-complete?

I'm a bit confused about the 3-partition problem. More specifically I'm confused about this from the Wikipedia article: Let B denote the (desired) sum of each subset Si, or equivalently, let the ...
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Computing minimum partition of poset of $N$ intervals into chains in $o(N^{2.5})$ time?

Consider a set $P$ of $N$ intervals $\{I_i = (l_i, r_i)\}$ partially ordered according the standard interval order: $I_i < I_j$ iff $r_i \le l_j$. I want to find a minimum cardinality partition of ...
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Equal partition up to one integer

In the partition problem, the task is to partition $n$ given integers into two subsets $A$ and $B$ with equal sum. This problem is known to be NP-hard, but it becomes easy if the "equal sum" ...
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Seeking an algorithm for finding the partition of data on an interval that maximizes the minimum fitness among the blocks

In the paper "An algorithm for optimal partitioning of data on an interval" (link) the authors describe an algorithm for partitioning data on an interval to maximize a fitness function. The fitness ...
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How to partition disagreeable people into compatible groups

We have a number of people that must be partitioned into groups, but there may be people that dislike other individuals. Partition the people into the minimum number of groups such that no person is ...
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Finding partition with maximum number of edges between sets

Given a graph (say in adjacency list form), is there an algorithm to find a partition of vertices such that the number of edges between the two sets of the partition is the maximum possible? For ...
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Weighted graph clustering with maximum size constraint

I'm currently trying to solve a clustering problem. I need to cluster/partition an undirected weighted graph into groups that are restricted to size n. I have ...
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Divide grid so that each box has only one object

Is there an efficient algorithm to divide a 2D space, which contains several different sized rectangles, such that each partition has only a single object. Please see the attached image. I have come ...
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Directed Acyclic Graph partition into minimum subgraphs with a constraint

I have this problem, not sure there is a name for it, wherein a Directed Acyclic Graph has different colored nodes. The idea is to partition it into minimum number of subgraphs with the following 2 ...
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Sequential subsequence removal with arbitrary predicate

I want to extract sub-sequences from a sequence of float values. The "scale" and range of these values is arbitrary (as I can manipulate it at will) but the "shape" is consistent. For a visual ...
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Evaluating clustering/partitioning quality

I'm wondering what are the most common/recognized methods to assess the quality of a clustering. That is because I have developed a tool that can cluster/partition a network (in this case, a public ...
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NP-hardness even with perturbations

Consider the following problem, which can be called "2-SET-PARTITION": Given two sets of positive numbers, $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ and $b_1,\ldots,b_n$, where $\sum_{i\in[n]}a_i = \sum_{i\in[n]}b_i = 2 S$,...
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Forming groups of people such that no group has two people that dislike each other

I had an assignment for the graph theory unit of my data structures course. The problem was given as follows: Every person in a class has at least one other person that they dislike and will not ...
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Partitioning a set so both parts have sum at least $c$ times the total sum

Let $c\in(0,1/2]$ be a constant. Given a set of positive integers with sum $S$, is there a partition into two subsets such that both subsets have sum at least $cS$? If $c=1/2$, this is the famous ...
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Balanced $\epsilon$-separated partitioning by a hyperplane

Suppose we have $m$ points in $R^n$ and $\epsilon>0$ is a given constant. How can we find a hyperplane that the number of points that are $\epsilon$-close to it is minimum, with the constraint that ...
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Partitioning a graph with specific constraints

We have an exercise where we need to find the partitions G[V1] and G[V2] of a graph G=(V,E), that fulfill the following constraints. We also know that there exists at least one partition that fulfills ...
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Is finding Kth largest element using selection algorithm taking O(n) only if K is fixed?

Wikipedia here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selection_algorithm shows an algorithm using sort of quicksort.. in order to find Kth largest or smallest element taking O(n) time only on average. The ...
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Partitioning a boolean circuit for automatic parallelization

tl;dr: I have a problem where I have a Boolean circuit and need to implement it with very specific single-thread primitives, such that SIMD computation is significantly cheaper after a threshold. I'm ...
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Partition array into k subsets

We are given an array and a number K. Partition array into K subsets such that let MaxSum be the maximum sum of among subsets. We have to minimize summation =$$\sum_{i=1}^{k}MaxSum-sum(i) $$ Is ...
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Split a graph into 2 components with known distribution?

I'm trying to find a method to randomly split a connected planar graph $G$ into two connected components, such that the sum of the weights of vertices in each component are relatively close. (If there ...
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Is there a more commonly-used term for “multi-pivoting”?

Consider the following computational problem (or rather, task): Given: An array of $A$ of (not necessarily distinct) elements from a fully-ordered finite domain An ordered sequence pivot ...
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Optimal partitioning of n-tuples

Motivation Recently I was trying to optimize some API calls and reduced the problem to optimization of a cumulative number of identifiers across all the requests. I put some considerable effort into ...
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Solve PARTITION-INTO-THREE-SETS in pseudo-polynomial time

Let PARTITION-INTO-THREE-SETS be defined as following: Input: Positive integers $a_1, ..., a_n$ Problem: Are there three pairwise disjoint sets $I, J, K \subseteq \{1, ..., n\}$ with $I \cup J \cup ...
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Partitioning the columns of a matrix

I thought about this problem for a while now and am not able to find a solution for it, be it a direct algorithm or a reduction to a known problem, so I'm asking here: Suppose you have a matrix $A\in\...
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How to generate an instance for an NP_hard proof, where each element has two inputs?

I want to prove the NP-hardness of an scheduling problem. The problem seems to be NP-hard in the ordinary sense, so I am trying with the Partition Problem, precisely the Equal Cardinality Partition (...
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finding separating words (Nerode)

i have found the equivalence classes of given $R_L$ and i need to find the separating words between the equivalence classes(which i don't know how to do). would appreciate if you could explain to me ...
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Array subset division with equal sums

Today I stumbled upon a problem which looked like the partition problem but certainly is different. Given array of positive integers, guaranteed to not be divisible into two continious subsets of ...
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Complexity of a set partition derived problem

I am stuck at the complexity of the following problem: Given a multiset $S = \{x_1,..., x_n\}$ of $n$ integers and a natural number $k$. Can $S$ be partitioned into multisets $S_1,... S_j$ such that ...
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Karp hardness of directed monochromatic triangle problem

Monochromatic problem is a classic NP-complete problem. Does the complexity stay NP-complete if we use directed graph? DIRECTED MONOCHROMATIC TRIANGLE problem: Input: A digraph $G(V,A)$ ...
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Is this an $NP$-complete problem: Product-2-Partition

I want to prove the NP-hardness of my problem P in scheduling. I was trying with Partition, 3-Partition and Subset product, But neither was successful. Now, I can reduce a problem, say PRODUCT-2-...
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Can interval partition solve by sort by different approach

The interval partitioning problem is described as follows: Given a set {1, 2, …, n} of n requests, where ith request starts at time s(i) and finishes at time f(i), find the minimum number of ...
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Dijkstra Partitioning Algorithm : Special Case

I have been exploring Dikstra partitioning Algorithm. Below are my given: R = Red W = White B = Blue I have this unpartitioned array. ...
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Divide an array into two sub arrays such that their sums are equal and possibly maximum

Given an array A, we should partition A into two subarrays whose sums are equal, and that maximizes this sum. We are free to omit items from the subarrays. For example, ...
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Proving that an equal partition does not exist

We are given a set of $n$ numbers and want to know whether it can be partitioned to two sets with an equal sum. To prove that an equal partition exists, it is sufficient to show a partition. What is ...
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k-way set partition problem--dynamic programming solution

I was reading up on the set partition problem on this site of Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_problem Among other things, they present a DP approach to solving the equal subset ...
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Is there an efficient algorithm for WEAK-PARTITION?

Suppose that we are given a list of non-zero integers $(a_1,...,a_n)$ and we want to decide whether there exist $(x_1,...,x_n)$ such that $x_1a_1 + x_2a_2 + ... + x_na_n = 0$, $x_i$ $\in$ $\{-1,0,1\}...
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Question regarding Hoare's partitioning scheme and a slight modification to it

This is the pseudocode on wikipedia for Hoare's partitioning scheme: ...
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Determine if an array is divisible in pairs of equal sum

I'm currently studying the time complexity of the solution provided by my teacher to this problem, and I can't understand the logic: Let A be an unordered array of positive natural numbers. Write ...
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Polygon decomposition into minimum star-shaped polygons

As the title suggests, I'm trying to implement an algorithm to decompose a polygon into the minimum number of star-shaped polygons. I've been searching for quite some time but I can't find any ...
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Even distribution algorithm

Right now I am working on a distributed system that sends messages from single source to many nodes. It is necessary that certain messages are sent to the same node to ensure order of processing. ...
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sub-optimal but fast partition generation

I have a set of N integers that I want to partition into m subsets. I want these subsets to be well-balanced wrt some criterion say that minimize the max difference between the size of all subsets. ...
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How to enumerate all partitioning of a set to k-subsets of size at most b

I'm looking for an algorithm to generate/enumerate all possibilities for partitioning a set of size $n$ to $k$ non-empty subsets, each with size at most $b$. More specifically, given a set $V$ where $...
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An algorithm for k-way array partitioning

I am trying to implement samplesort in MPI. The first step of samplesort is to partition the array with $n - 1$ splitters $s_1, s_2, \cdots, s_{n-1}$ into $n$ subsequences, where subsequence $i$ all ...
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$k$-partitioning problem via brute force

Given a set of non-negative integers $A = \{a_1,a_2,\dots,a_N \}$, the $k$-partitioning problem is to partition the numbers into $k$ sets $\{A_1,A_2,\dots, A_k\} $ such that the deviation: $$ \...
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Finding the number of ways to partition $\{1,…,N\}$ into $P_1$ and $P_2$ such that $sum(P_1) = sum(P_2)$ for a given $N$

I am trying to think of how to optimize the following problem: Let $S = \{1,2,...,N\}$. How many ways can $S$ be partitioned into non-empty subsets $P_1$ and $P_2$ such that $sum(P_1) = sum(P_2)$? I ...
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Set partition refinement with subtrees

In trying to design an algorithm, I needed a datastructure to implement a restricted kind of set partition refinement, where the sets $X$ to split on are subtrees. Specifically, given an arbitrary ...
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How to partition a tree on a fixed budget of edge cuts?

Suppose I have a tree $T=(V,E,w)$ with vertex weights $w(v)\ge 0$ for all $v\in V$. I want to partition this tree into $k+1$ trees by cutting $k$ edges such that the deviation from the mean of the ...