# Questions tagged [probabilistic-algorithms]

Questions about (typically randomized) algorithms that can produce no or an incorrect answer with a certain probability.

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### Lower bound for ϵ-tester with one-sided error for the "2-injective" property of functions

An $\epsilon$-tester given an input and a property, is defined as follows: If the input holds the property then the tester should accept with probability at least $\frac 2 3$. Otherwise if the input ...
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### RP with very small error = P

I was asked to show the equality $RP(1 − 2^{-2^{n}}) = P$, which seems wrong to me (?). The $\supseteq$ direction is obvious, and I want to show the other direction. My first intuition was to run ...
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### Verify if array is orthogonal

Orthogonal arrays often appear in probabilistic algorithms. They can be efficiently constructed from, e.g., BCH codes. But is there an efficient algorithm that can verify if an array is orthogonal? I ...
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### Does the reliability of polynomial hashing depend on whether the modulus is prime, for coprime base and modulus?

A polynomial hash of a string $s$ with base $b$ and modulus $M$ is defined as $$H(s) = (s_0 + s_1 b + s_2 b^2 + \dots + s_{n-1} b^{n-1}) \mod M.$$ I have proven (and this is quite obvious) that ...
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### Are turing machines & equivalents with infinite sized random programs still turing machines?

Are turing machines with an infinite program tape that is completely random, or another example is a Game of Life simulation on an infinite randomly initialized grid, still turing machines, so to ...
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### Find minimum cost cycle in graph G=(V,E) that visits vertices in required subset V′⊂V exactly once & covers edges in required subset E′⊂E atleast once

I have been researching about general routing problems and came across a problem similar to the Travelling Salesman Problem: Find a minimum cost cycle in a graph $G = (V, E)$ which visits vertices in ...
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### Why does random noise in recurring task periods result in uniform period offsets?

I have a recurring task which finished just now. I schedule it to run every ten minutes; the task will reoccur $10n$ minutes from now for all positive $n$. If instead I choose 50/50 between ten ...
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### Given only the expected runtime of an algorithm, what can Markov's inequality tell us about its worst-case runtime?

The following is exercise 3.8 from the first edition of Mitzenmacher and Upfal's Probability and Computing: Randomized Algorithms and Probabilistic Analysis. Suppose that we have an algorithm that ...
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### Question about "with high probability"

An event that occurs with high probability is one whose probability depends on a certain number $n$ and goes to $1$ as $n$ goes to infinity, i.e. it can be made as close as desired to $1$ by making $n$...
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### Distribution independence property testing

I have been reading the proof in the following paper, and I am unable to understand some parts in the proof. This paper shows that a distribution $A$ over $[n]\times[m]$, $n\geq m$, can be $\epsilon$-...
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### Approximate duplicate sampling from a stream

The following question (in two parts) comes from a homework sheet of the fall 2019 semester cs170 course taught at UC Berkely taught by professors Vazerani and Tal. Design an algorithm that takes in ...
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### Computing a threshold function

Let $f$ be any function from $\{0, 1\}^{n}$ to $\{-1, 1\}$. For a given $f$, let us define another function $g_f$ as \begin{equation} g_f(x) = \sum_{x \in \{0, 1\}^{n}} f(x). \end{equation} Let us be ...
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### Obtaining an expectation in uniform hashing

long shot question but I am super stuck. Donald Knuth has proven (p. 8 here, equation 12) that the probability that the maximum value in uniform hashing is smaller than $n/2$ is equal to 0.288. I ...
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### Property testing of a complete multipartite graph

Propose and prove an $\epsilon$-test for the following property in the dense graph model: $G=(V,E)$ is a complete multipartite graph. That is, there exists a partition $V=V_1\cup\ldots\cup V_\ell$ ...
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### Dynamic programming and probability - list of problems

Does anyone have a list of problems where you have to combine dynamic programming with probability?
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### How to sample Bivariate Normal Distribution with Accept reject method

I have to write python code in jupyter due to sampling bivariate normal distribution with 3 sampling methods: Prior Sampling Gibbs Sampling Rejection Sampling I have done the first two samplings and ...
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### Noisy sorter: optimal algorithm

Given $n$ elements $x_1,\dots, x_n$, and algorithm $A$ which outputs $(r_1,\dots, r_n)=A(x_1,\dots, x_n)$, we say $A$ is $\epsilon$-sorting the list if $rank(x_i) \in (r_i-n\epsilon, r_i+ n\epsilon)$ ...
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### Match unpaired points between two sets

I have two sets, let's call them C and T, of unpaired points, which could for example represent two types of cells. Hence, both points are drawn from the same underlying distribution, but the points ...
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### Is there a concept of probabilistic quantum computers?

Answering my question Yonatan N said a statement from which follows that there are computable functions of quantum time complexity strictly above polynomial. Accordingly a Quora answer Quantum ...
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### How to simulate online matching algorithms (implementation)

I was reading about online algorithms and bipartite matching. I found an implementation that works fine on several websites (like geeksforgeeks). For the online version, I found this paper https://...
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### Techniques to prove lower bounds on randomized algorithms

I am interested in proving lower bounds for AM-like languages. The usual techniques for lower bounds in non-probabilistic machines don't work for probabilistic machines. Intuitively, when I think ...
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### How to implement conditional probability distribution on set-valued Random Variables

I'm trying to implement conditional probability distribution when the events of two RVs are sets. If I try to extrapolate concepts from real or categorical variables to sets things become confusing ...
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### Calculating a jackpot winner based on probabilities

Imagine a jackpot where users can bet as much as they want, and each bet increases their winning chance. Given a roll [0-100], how would you calculate the winner? ...
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### Probability of loss using a binary symmetric channel

Today we talked about Information Theory and the binary symetric channel. For newbies here is a little explanation : For instance if I want to send a binary to someone : The bit will be "flipped&...
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### Populating a vector of numbers to expose an error in a function implementation

So lets say I'm writing an algorithm that takes a vector as input. I want to know that I'm writing this algorithm correctly however so I of course write tests to see if the output equals what I expect ...
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### Distributional error probability of deterministic algorithm implies error probability of randomized algorithm?

Consider some problem $P$ and let's assume we sample the problem instance u.a.r. from some set $I$. Let $p$ be a lower bound on the distributional error of a deterministic algorithm on $I$, i.e., ...
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### Hash function, $h(k) = \lfloor km \rfloor$ is simple uniform for real $k$ independently, uniformly distributed in the range $0 \leq k < 1$

I was going through the text Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et. al. where I came across the following statement: If the keys are known to be random real numbers $k$ independently and uniformly ...
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### Confusion about the Hiring Problem

I'm confused about where the probability from the hiring problem comes from. For background: We interview one person everyday who has a quality characteristic, x, from 0 to 1(distributed uniformly). ...
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### Why Convolutional codes is easy to factor/handle the uncertainty of a bit being a 0 or a 1 into the decoding?

Here is an excerpt from Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 5th edition, Chapter 3 (The data link layer), Page 208: My question is about this part. [Convolutional codes have been popular in ...
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### What is an example of a Monte-Carlo algorithm for finding a Hamiltonian path?

I've recently been made aware that there exist Monte-Carlo algorithm(s?) for determining whether a Hamiltonian path exists in a graph. I am struggling to figure out how it would work. What is the ...
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### Hashing algorithm which minimizes distribution

Consider applications A1, A2 .. AN having properties P11, P12,... PN1, PN2.. Also consider buckets ...
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### Sizing a Cuckoo filter for a subset of elements

Question I am considering the use of Cuckoo filter for a business case. To simplify the explanation here is an analogy of my needs: There are over $n = 30 000$ first names that exists in the whole ...
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### $k$-coloring in BPP, implies $k$-coloring in ZPP

Consider the next problem: $k$-COL: Given a graph $G=(V,E)$, does it have a valid $k$-coloring? I need to prove that if $k$-COL is in BPP, then it is also in ZPP. In other words, show that if there ...
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### Is there a complexity class QPP?

The complexity class PP is not considered tractable, because the probability of success can get arbitrarily close to 50% from above as the problem instances get larger, so that (e.g. if this approach ...
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### Recover a matrix with minimum number of queries

Alice has a matrix $A \in \{0,1\}^{n \times m}$ such that the sum of each row is $1$. Bob tries to find the indices of the ones (he knows that the sum of each row is $1$). The type of questions Bob ...
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### Probability of terminating in a state in a probabilistic algorithm

Suppose i have a circular array of $n$ elements. At time $t=0$ i am in position 0 of the array. The algorithm moves left or right with probability $p=1/2$ (since the array is circular when it moves ...
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### Demonstrating that probability for every possible result is uniform at the end of an algorithm

I have memory of $k$ elements that you can imagine being represented by an array. One by one, the array receives a value corresponding to the time index, for example at $t=1$ the value will be $1$. At ...
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### Chernoff Bounds (upper tail)

For the proof of Chernoff Bounds (upper tail) we suppose δ<2e−1 . Like in this paper ([see this link ]) 1. Can you tell me why ?
Consider an undirected graph $G=(V,E)$ representing the social network of friendship/trust between students. We would like to form teams of three students that know each other. The question is to ...