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Questions about finite and infinite sets and multisets, related data structures and concepts.

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A problem on sets

Given a collection C of sets, with union U, find a choice function which chooses a distinct element from each of the sets such that the union of the singleton distinct elements is U. As an example, ...
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Efficient data structure for matching 3D lines

I'd like to Store a set of many infinite undirected 3D lines. Make lookups against this set - i.e. given an arbitrary line, ask "Does the set contain a line coincident with this one?" The incidence-...
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Set of maximum overlaps

Assume I have a list of $N$ surfaces $\{S_i\}, i \in [1,N]$ which may or may not overlap. I also have a boolean function $F(S_{i_1},\dots,S_{i_k})$ (with $1 \le k \le N$) which tests whether all ...
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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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How can $A \cup B$ be decidable if $B$ is undecidable?

My assignment says: "Determine if the following statement is correct: If $A$ and $A \cup B$ are decidable, then $B$ is decidable." The solution says: "Incorrect. If $B = H_0 \subseteq \{0,1\}^*$ ...
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Proof of sparsification lemma: What exactly does the $\pi$ operator do?

In their proof of the sparsification lemma, Impagliazzo et. al describe the following operator $\pi$: For a familiy of sets $\mathcal{F}$, let $\pi(\mathcal{F}) \subseteq \mathcal{F}$ be the family ...
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Disjoint Set Connected Components With Weighted Graph

I have been trying to solve this HackerRank problem (link). The basic premise of this problem is that there is a tree with undirected, but weighted, edges. The cost of a path in this tree is taken ...
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Lambda Calculus as a branch of set theory

This answer to a question about whether C is the mother of all languages contained an interesting tidbit that I am curious about: The functional paradigm, for example, was developed mathematically (...
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For a collection $S$ of weighted sets $S_i$, find those $k$ elements that maximise the sum of weights of all sets $S_i$ covered by them

I have a collection $S$ of sets $S_i$. Each $S_i$ has a weight given by how many times this set was observed in some data. I now want to find the $k$ elements that maximize the cumulative weight of ...
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Suggest a Data Structure To Manage 2 Sets

I was given the following problem which really baffled me, and I would like some guidance in solving it. I want to make a data-structure which represents two sets $A,B\subseteq \mathbb{R}$, so that I ...
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Fast hash function for set equality

I'm searching an hash function for integer set equality that must be fast. It must support update (adding an element already in the set must not change the hash) and union. MinHash has these 2 ...
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Finding longest subset arithmetic progression with given difference

Given a list of distinct positive integers, I am trying to find the largest subset that forms an arithmetic sequence with a given difference D. For example, given D = 5, with the set of numbers 1, 5, ...
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How do you compute the Pareto Front of a set?

I need to decide which solution is the best design, in order to do that I need to compare them. Lower energy used and lower weight is better. My initial idea was to order both the fields best to worst ...
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Complexity of set partition generation while equivalence relation is given

Given a binary equivalence relation, R on a set A, Let P be the resulting partition. I want to generate the partition means each subset in the partition. What would be the fastest algorithm for this ...
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Find all subsets with a given sum

How to choose from a set of positive numbers all the subsets that sum to some number x? For example if the set $S=[1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7]$ and I'm searching for all the subsets that sum to $7$ I would have $...
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Name for multiset with fractional amounts?

What do you call a set which accepts multiples of the same element, even in fractional amount? Is there even an established for this? Example from a video game about production chains: For a ...
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Finding combinations of variables that can take value of -1/0/1 that produce sum of 0 with added constraint

I have 64 variables that can either take a value of -1, 0, or 1 and I am interested in finding all possible combinations of variables such that I have n variables in each the positive and negative ...
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Distinct elements count of huge multiset

I know that HyperLogLog can approximate the distinct elements count of a huge multiset but I was wondering if it was possible, using a method I saw mentioned on an IRC channel, to get an exact answer ...
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The maximum number of uniquely intersected elements from the all possible intersection scenarios among the sets in a two-column matrix

Let us define a $n \times 2$ matrix M consisting of integer sets, such that the first column consists of the so-called intersecting sets, and the second column ...
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What does the intersection symbol (∩) mean when applied to two non-set elements?

I came across a piece of literature in which I saw the intersection symbol (∩) being used on two non-set elements in the definition of an equivalence relation; I have posted it below for reference. ...
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Basic Set Theory problem

So i'm relatively new to computer science and have been learning set theory and am stumped on a question in it. The question specifies that we're only looking at subsets of universe U = {0,...,n-1}. ...
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Count the number of subsets with product less than or equal to k [closed]

You are given an array $A$ of $n$ positive integers, you have to find the number of subsets the product of whose elements is less than or equal to a given integer $k$. Is there an efficient algorithm ...
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Identifying the Equivalence Classes of a Language with equal number of 10 and 01 strings

I'm doing a problem where I need to find the equivalence classes of the language below: Let A = {x ∈ {0, 1}* | #(01, x) = #(10, x)}, where, for a, b ∈ {0, 1}*, #(ab, x) is the number of places in x ...
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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 ...
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Proving the singleton language {x} is regular for all x ∈ Σ*

So I'm aware that the singleton language is in fact regular for all x ∈ Σ*, but I do not understand why it is. A formal proof would help, but also getting some intuition as to why it is regular would ...
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Proving that Every Full Prefix-Free Language is Maximal

I'm practicing a problem where I need to prove that every full prefix-free language is maximal. I know a prefix-free language A is maximal if it is not a proper subset of any prefix-free language, ...
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Proving existence results

I'm doing a problem where I need to prove that there is a language A ⊆ {0, 1}* with both of the following properties: (i) For all x ∈ A, |x| ≤ 5. (ii) Every DFA that decides A has more than 8 states....
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$A^* = B^*$ with $\{0,1\}$ contained in $A$ but not in $B$

I'm trying to exhibit two formal languages $A,B ⊆ \{0,1\}^*$ such that $A^* = B^*$ and $\{0,1\}$ is contained in $A$ but not in $B$. Finding a language for $A$ is very easy, but I get stuck on $B$, ...
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Proof of an Infinite Binary Sequence

I have a problem where given an infinite binary sequence S ∈ {0, 1}∞ to be "prefix-repetitive" if there are infinitely many strings w ∈ {0, 1}* such that ww is a prefix of S. I need to prove that if ...
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Proving B* = B on a given set

I have the set: B = {x ∈ {0,1}* | there is an equal number of 0's and 1's in x} and therefore, B* = {e,01,10,0011,0101,0110,1100,1010,1001,....etc} I need to either prove or disprove that B*=B I ...
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Proving $A^\ast = A$ on a given set

I am working on some set theory and am trying to prove how a set can have the property $A^* = A$. For set $A=\{0^n1^n \mid n \ge0\}$, I still do not understand exactly what $A^*$ is. For example, I ...
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Variant of the “Stable Roommates Problem” when room has not 2 but “n” mates

I'm looking at the name of a variant of the Stable Roommates Problem, when the rooms have more than 2 mates, ie for example 6 to 8. Does this problem has a specific name? A well-known algorithm? To ...
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N subsets with a given sum?

How to efficiently ¹⁾ choose from a set of numbers $S$, a given number $n$ of disjoint subsets, each with a given sum $K$ of chosen elements? ¹⁾ Not as in $P$, I just want something smarter than $O(n^...
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Find a partition of multiset of binomial coefficients with constriants

Given the multiset $S$ where the elements are defined by the binomial coefficient ${n \choose k}$ where $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and $ 0\leq k \leq n$ find the partition $P$ of $S$ such that the sum of ...
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Can You List the Names of Some Algorithms For Determining the Intersection of Two Context Free Grammars?

Suppose we have two sets of strings XS and YS such that set XS is described by grammar GX and YS is described by grammar GY. We want an algorithm which accepts GX and Gy as inputs. The algorithm will ...
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Find four sets where each element from those four appears in at least two of those four sets

I have a list of sorted arrays ("sets") of integers $A_1..A_n$ where each element is unique w.r.t. the other elements in the same array: $A_i = \{x_{i,1}..x_{i,c_i}\}$ $x_{i,p} < x_{i,p+1}$ $A_i$ ...
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Given a set $A$ of sets find a minimal set $B$ of pair-wise disjoint sets such that each set in $A$ can be expressed as a union of sets in $B$

I recently thought of the following problem: Given a set $A$ of sets find a minimal set $B$ of pair-wise disjoint sets such that each set in $A$ can be expressed as a union of sets in $B$. For ...
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set cover where only certain special subsets are allowed

I am trying to solve a problem which turns out to be a form of the set cover problem. I've implemented the greedy Set cover approximation algorithm for set cover, but it turns out to not be accurate ...
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Is a set $B = \{y, \exists x \in A, f(x)=y\}$ recursive if A is a recursive set and f is a $N->N$ total computable function?

Obviously, B would be recursive if for every TCF f, there was an inverse fuction that would return all possible values, as we could just take these and then check if any of them is in A. However I ...
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Minimal set of subintervals that 'covers' any subinterval in K subintervals

I have a big interval $I = [a, b]$ of size n. I want an asymptotically minimal set of subintervals of $I$ (let's call it $S$) one can use to construct any subinterval of $I$, by concatenating at most ...
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Algorithm / data structure to filter documents by number of missing words

Is there a data structure or an algorithm or a combination of both to allow me to filter a set of documents based on the number of missing words (compared to another list)? Problem Definition We ...
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Parser theory: How to systematically compute FOLLOW sets?

Forgive me for my ignorance as I am self-teaching myself some of this theory... I am having some trouble understanding how to systematically/algorithmically compute FOLLOW sets, given that I have ...
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PL: What solves the type isomorphism $X \cong (X \rightarrow \mathbf{2})$?

In Practical Foundations for Programming Languages, on page 138 (page 156 of the pdf), it says: Requiring solutions to all type equations may seem suspicious, because we know by Cantor’s Theorem ...
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Prove/disprove that the class of decidable (resp. partially decidable) languages is closed under symmetric difference

Prove/disprove that the class of decidable (resp. partially decidable) languages is closed under symmetric difference. A symmetric difference of sets A and B is the set (A \ B) ∪ (B \ A). I know that ...
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Algorithm for Minimum Subset Needed to Satisfy all Constraints

I was wondering what is the most efficient algorithm to solve something like the following: You have $P$ people. You have $T$ tasks, each of which is a set of sets that represent all of the possible ...
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Algorithm for minimum number of partitions to transform list of sets into Laminar Set Family

I have a list of sets $L$. I want to partition the sets in $L$ to produce a new list $L'$ that is a Laminar Set Family Concretely: For any $L'_i, L'_j \in L'$ if $L'_i \not\subseteq L'_j$ and $L'_j ...
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What is the algorithm for a decider to get the language accepted by a DFA?

I am trying to understand the larger problem of the decidability of the equality of two DFAs. I understand that this problem can be solved using minimizing DFAs, but my textbook states this can be ...
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How to find sets of polynomially bounded numbers whose subset sums are different?

Let $n$ be any positibe integer and set $N=\{1,\dots,n\}$. Now select two arbitrary but different subsets of $N$, say $S$ and $S'$. We are interested in finding a function $\pi(A)=\sum_{i\in A}a_i$ ...
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Prove: Every decidable set is Turing reducible to the empty set

Question- Prove: Every decidable set is Turing reducible to the empty set. Can anyone help me with this please? All reductions tutorials I've seen use practical examples of reduction such as sipser'...
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Is it possible to add every word in a file to a set in $\mathrm{O}(n)$ time?

The Problem: I am currently analyzing a simple program that takes a file of length $n$, splits it into its individual words (seperated by white space) and adds those words to a set: ...