# Questions tagged [randomized-algorithms]

Questions about algorithms whose behaviour is determined not only by its input but also by a source of random numbers.

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### Expected length of a random walk on a line

I am given the following randomized algorithm for SAT, Input: A satisfiable CNF-formula $\varphi$. Output: An assignment $\rho$, such that $\rho \models \varphi$. The algorithm works as follow: ...
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### Compute the expected size of an approximation of vertex cover

Consider the following randomized approximation algorithm of vertex cover: Input: A graph G = (V, E). Output: A set $C_G \subseteq V$ a vertex cover of $G$. The algorithm: Set $C_G := \emptyset$. ...
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### Karger's min-cut (contraction): Combinatorial argument for success probability?

The contraction algorithm for min-cut is: pick an edge $(u,v)$ uniformly at random, and "contract" it by merging $u$ and $v$ into a single vertex, deleting self-loops. Continue until two vertices ...
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### What is the probability of comparision between smallest and greatest element in array when quick sort randomly choose the pivot element?

Consider the recursive quick sort with random pivoting i.e. each time a random pivot element is chosen uniformly. When this ...
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### Random restarts for unsatisfiable instances

In the worst case, Boolean satisfiability (assuming P!=NP) takes exponential time. Nonetheless, modern SAT solvers using variants of DPLL, are able to solve enough instances to be useful in practice. ...
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### Algorithm for Autonomously Culling Swarm

I'm trying to find an algorithm that would be able to cull a swarm of unknown size to around a known number with no overarching controller or dynamic registry (Each node should be able to decide ...
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### Random Teams based on Positions in Sports

I have tried to find an answer to this but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. I am trying to develop a way in which I can have a random team selected based on skill set (1-5 with 5 being ...
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### Finding efficient randomized algorithm

I'm doing a course on randomized algorithms and I've encountered a question that I'm struggling to solve. Given a system of $m$ linear equations with $n$ variables over finite field $\mathbb{F_2}$ ...
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### Algorithmic question: distribute balls, optimise for balancing (i) weights (ii) probabilities of picking balls

I have an algorithmic problem that requires some lengthy explanation, which follows below. tl;dr: distribute balls with weights among bags, optimise for balancing both (i) the weights between the ...
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### CNN Predicting One Class and Accuracy Getting Stuck

My model is a binary classifier. With the same exact architecture, the model sometimes gets high accuracy (90% etc), other times it predicts only one class (so accuracy is stuck at one number the ...
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### Why is $ZPP \geq BPP$ not true?

This seems like a silly question, but I couldn't find a conclusive answer for it. As far as I know, ZPP contains algorithms which run in polynomial time and either return a known-correct answer or ...
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### Alternative criterion for approximate maximum-weight perfect matching algorithms [closed]

Is there any literature on approximate maximum-weight perfect matchings where the approximation criterion is not the factor between the approximate and exact weight sum achieved by each solution, but ...
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### Generate random matrix and its inverse

I want to randomly generate a pair of invertible matrices $A,B$ that are inverses of each other. In other words, I want to sample uniformly at random from the set of pairs $A,B$ of matrices such that ...
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### Introduction to Algorithms (CLRS) Ex 5.2-5 solution

The following is Ex 5.2-5 from Introduction to Algorithms (CLRS), 2nd Edition. Let $A[1...n]$ be an array of n distinct numbers. If $i<j$ and $A[i]>A[j]$, then the pair $(i, j)$ is called an ...
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### Questions about Randomized Median algorithm?

In textbook by Mitzenmacher and Upfal here, they write in page 62, the following: By repeating Algorithm 3.1 until it succeeds in finding the median, we can obtain an iterative algorithm that never ...
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### How can maximum number of minimum cuts of a graph be exactly $n \choose 2$?

According to my instructor, $n\choose 2$ is the maximum number of minimum cuts we can have on a graph. To prove this, he showed the lower bound using an n-cycle graph. To prove the upper bound, he ...
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### Can BPP be bounded around any constant other than 1/2?

A language $L$ is in BPP if there exists a randomised TM such that it outputs a correct answer with probability at least $1/2+1/p(n)$ for some polynomial $p(n)$, where $n$ is the length of the input. ...
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### Random paths from one point to another going through all the cells of a square grid

I am looking for a very specific algorithm, so I think it doesn't exist yet. I would be satisfied if anyone was able to give me some hints to develop it. My problem is about a square grid of size <...
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### Correctness of Karger's min-cut Algorithm

tl;dr in the analysis for Karger's min-cut, the probability of an edge being in the min-cut in the $j$th iteration, $\frac{k}{0.5k(n-j)}$, neglects the fact that all the edges between the two ...
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### Min Cut Algorithm using Randomly inserted directions

I had a question about a different randomized min cut algorithm (I don't think it is as efficient as Karger's algorithm for larger sizes of min cuts but it is more efficient for smaller ones). My ...
Suppose $H = \{h_1, ..., h_T\}$ be a family of pairwise independent hash functions mapping $\{0, 1\}^n$ to $\{0, 1\}^{n/2}$. Let $M = \frac{2^{n/4}}{10}$ and let $x_1, ..., x_M$ be any M distinct ...