# 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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### How can Karger's algorithm (and other randomized algorithms) be used in practice?

Suppose I am given the following problem (the source is here): Disconnect two nodes in a graph by removing minimum number of edges. I would apply Karger's min-cut algorithm. But how can I ...
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### Guessing the best choice to maximize returns

There are $N$ number of people and $X$ amount of objects with different values. Each person will choose an object and will obtain that objects value. If multiple people choose the same object then the ...
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### What is the advantage of probability algorithm?

What is the advantage of probability algorithm? e.g. Las Vegas. I would also like to know some applications of the randomized algorithms. Are there any recommendable courses or books?
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### Quicksort: Probability of an element being compared to fewer than $k$ pivot elements

Assume we want to use quicksort on some array $s$ with length $n$ consisting of only $n$ distinct elements. Let $S_{(1)},S_{(2)},\dots,S_{(n)}$ be the sorted order of the elements in $S$. Furthermore, ...
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### Can one use the PCP theorem to prove correctness of deternimistic algorithms?

I am thinking of the equality "PCP(O(log(n)),0) = P" Say I have a deterministic polynomial time algorithm $A$ whose correctness I can't prove immediately. But say I create a probabilistic version of ...
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### Are nondeterministic algorithm and randomized algorithms algorithms on a deterministic Turing machine?

An algorithm on an abstract machine is a finite sequence of operations of the machine. (Correct me if I am not correct.) However, there are different kind of algorithms, such as deterministic, non-...
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### Interpretation of “expected cost” of an algorithm

I'm studying randomized algorithms and I sometimes come across results like (1) The algorithm has an expected $O(f(n))$ cost. and (2) With constant probability, the cost is bounded by $O(f(n))$....
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### 2-Approximation algorithm for for messages across a cyclic network

Question There are $n$ computers arranged in a cycle ($1,2,3..,n,1$), with undirected edges between adjacent computers. There are $m$ messages that need to be delivered. Message $i$ ($1 \le i \le m$) ...
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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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### If I walk through list and delete every out-of-order element I come across, on average how many elements will be left?

I have a uniformly randomly permuted list of length $n$. I walk through the list element-by-element, and delete an element if it's out-of-order (compared to the previous in-order elements of the list)....