# Questions tagged [proof-techniques]

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### Can someone explain me the Credit-Debit proof method for calculating operations?

I've started taking a data structure course and we are currently learning about different data structures. We also learned when to increase the capacity of an array by creating another array with ...
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### Proof by padding: $\textsf{TIME}(t_1(n)) = \textsf{TIME}(t_2(n)) \implies \textsf{TIME}(t_1(f(n))) = \textsf{TIME}(t_2(f(n)))$

I've been given the task of proving the statement in the title, which I found out it should be called the translational lemma by means of a padding argument; $f$, $t_1$ and $t_2$ are three ...
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### Optimality of a Greedy Algorithm

If you designed a greedy algorithm to obtain an optimal solution and the algorithm can produce different combinations of values but still, any of theses combination is an optimal solution. How you ...
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### How to generate tests using Model-Based Testing paradigm (for a newcomer)

So I just learned of Model-Based Testing. It sounds like this is a practical approach to some level of formal verification of production software applications. As I understand it, you have a ...
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### How was the four color theorem proved using brute-force search?

I recently learned some graph theory in Discrete Structures for Computer Science, we learned about the Four Color theorem, I realize there is a mathematical proof for this topic, but how was it ...
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### Review of Formal Verification and How to Apply it to Greenfield Project [duplicate]

Last year I looked heavily into Formal Verification, such as automated theorem proving, model checking, type systems, symbolic evaluation, and many others. I probably spent a few weeks or maybe months ...
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### What goes into proving two complicated programs are equivalent?

Say I wanted to prove that two programs were equivalent (either rigorously if possible, or informally if not). More specifically, say I have something relatively complex such as an HTTP server ...
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### if a graph G(V,E) is connected $|E|\geq|V|-1$

If a graph G(V,E) is connected the number of edges is at least the number of Vertices-1. It is pretty evident if you think about it but how do i prove it formally?
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### How to prove properties about a specific modular arithmetic equivalence

Ever since I was introduced to modular arithmetic, I've had some trouble with it. I think it uses a part of my brain that I haven't used often. Anyways, I've been thinking about this specific ...
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### Show that a problem is NP-Complete

The problem is, K_longestPath: We are given a graph in which some of the vertices are "cities". No two cities have an edge between them, thus every city must be at distance at least 2 from each ...
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### Deriving recursive definition from function specification

Given this function specification, where name xs is bound to a list, # denotes its cardinality and ...
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### Uniqueness of solution in Arden's theorem

Geeksforgeeks contains a proof of Arden's theorem, asserting that $R=QP^*$ is the unique solution to $R=Q+RP$. The proof is reproduces below. My question is: What is the logical reasoning to prove ...
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### Given undirected and connected graph G=(V,E). Prove for any DFS run: for any u,v∈V if u.d>v.d then u.d−v.d≥δ(u,v)

Given undirected and connected graph $G = (V,E)$. Prove for any DFS run: for any $u,v \in V$ if $u.d>v.d$ then $u.d − v.d ≥ δ(u,v)$ $δ(u,v)$-distance of a shortest path (not necessarily unique) in ...
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### Need clarification regarding certificates of coNP problems

NOTE: this is not an attempt to prove $NP \neq coNP$ There is one thing I have never been able to completely digest about the certificates of problems in $coNP$ and I would very much appreciate a ...
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### Divide and Conquer a problem into a sub-problem to solve it efficiently

Assume that problem A cannot be solved in O(n^2) time. However, we can transform problem A into a problem B in O(n^2 log n) time, and then solve B, and finally transform the solution of B into the ...
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### Is there a proof that “undetectable” malware cannot be written?

In Fred Cohen's paper "Computer Viruses - Theory and Experiments", he proves that for the general case, classifying malware is an undecidable problem. I was wondering whether there might be a ...
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### On the complexity of existential and universal quantifiers

I'm trying to analyze the time complexities of the two former kind of quantifiers, I need help figuring out if I'm following the right path or if I'm making mistakes, here's what I've produced so far: ...
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### Isn't ZKP is a reduction to a hard problem, rather than true zero knowledge?

Take for example "Hamiltonian cycle for a large graph". The proof works by starting with a graph G that contains a hamiltonian cycle, then constructing an isomorphic graph H, and then either showing ...
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### Randomly built binary search trees

In Introduction to Algorithms (CLRS) 3rd Edition, page 299, the section attempts to prove: The expected height of a randomly built binary search tree on $n$ distinct keys is $O(\lg n)$. We define "...
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### The law of excluded middle and decidability

I will divide my question in two parts. The first part I am sure that there is a objective answer, but I am not sure about the second part. First part: Is it all (decisions) problems trivial to prove ...
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### It is decidable whether a pushdown automaton will accept a word? [duplicate]

I'm asking myself if the problem of decide whether a push down automaton will accept a word is decidable. I would say that you can simulate a push down automaton with a Turing Machine and, if it ...
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### Show that there are infinitely more problems than we will ever be able to compute

I was looking at this reading of MIT on computational complexity and on minute 15:00 Erik Demaine embarks on a demonstration to show what is stated in the title of this question. However I cannot ...
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### Prove that $T(n) \leq 8n^2$ or find value of $n$ when statement is not true (recurrence relation)

We have a function $T: \mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$ defined recurrently: $$T(n)=\begin{cases} 0 &\text{ if } n=0,\\ 3T(\lfloor{n/2}\rfloor) + 2n^2 &\text{otherwise.} \end{cases}$$ Prove that for ...
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### Could we define the decimal notation of a natural number as a series of operations applied to 0? [closed]

People have made mistakes. For that reason, there probably is a demand by some people for a computer program that's easier to verify makes the calculations properly. I think that according to the ...
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### How to prove $L \notin \texttt{DSPACE}(f)$

I want to prove that a language $L$ is not in $\texttt{DSPACE}(f(n))$, the class of languages that a deterministic Turing machine can decide with fixed tape length of $f(n)$ (wiki). That is, I want to ...
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### How to reduce $\{w \mid |T(M_w)| \geq 42\}$ to the halting problem?

For a string $w$, $M_w$ denotes the Turing machine whose encoding is $w$. I want to reduce the language $L=\{w \mid |T(M_w)| \geq 42\}$ to $H_0 = \{w \mid M_w \text{ halts on } \epsilon\}$, but I ...
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### Proof that this sorting algorithm sorts the input

I'm given this "sorting" algorithm and now I'm supposed to prove, that if given an array of integers of length $n$, sort(A,0,n-1) will sort it. ...
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### Red-black tree trinode restructuring after insertion and deletion

When performing an insertion/deletion on a red-black tree, how can be argued or proved that it requires at most one/two trinode restructuring(s) respectively? My thoughts so far were: after inserting ...
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### How do we prove the time complexity of this simple problem in probabilistic inference on a Bayesian network?

Suppose we have a simple Bayesian network with two rows of nodes: $x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n$ and $y_1, y_2, \ldots, y_n$. Each node $x_k$ takes a state of either 0 or 1 with equal probability. Each ...
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### How to correctly describe this action, deleting an edge that “shortcut” some vertices

Haven't written a proof in years, not sure how to describe an algorithm like this ? Let us what we have a graph. like this below: 1). How to describe edge removal of{ (0, 1),(3,4), (1,2) }done in ...
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### Finding maximum takes at least $\lceil n/2 \rceil$ comparisons

We are given an array $A$ with $n$ elements, $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and all elements are in the set $\{1,2,3, \cdots, n \}$. I want to prove that finding the maximum in $A$ (that is, outputting the index ...
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### Union of infinitely many regular languages [duplicate]

I need to prove or disprove the following statement. If $A_n ⊆ \Sigma^*$ is regular for each $n \in \mathbb{N}$ then $\bigcup\limits_{n=0}^{\infty} A_n$ is regular. I know that if two languages ...