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Math talk: Theorem about git revision control system?

I would like to give a mathematics talk on the git revision control system. It is now widely used in mathematics as well as in the computer science industry. For example, the HoTT (Homotopy Type ...
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A cubic simple graph without cut edges is matching covered [closed]

I recently found the following exercise: Given a cubic, simple undirect graph G without cut edges then G is matching covered, i.e. every edge is contained in a perfect matching. My idea was that, ...
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Permutations with forbidden subsequences

Let $[n]$ denote the set $\{1,...,n\}$ and C(n,k) denote the set of all $k$-combinations of elements from $[n]$ without repetition. Let $p= p_1p_2...p_k$ be a $k$-tuple in $C(n,k)$. We say that a ...
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Constant in Komlos conjecture

Given $n$ vectors $v_1,\dots,v_n\in\Bbb R^N$ with $\|v_i\|_2^2\leq1$ at every $i\in\{1,\dots,n\}$, Komlos conjecture states that, there is a $c\in\Bbb R$ (independent of $n,N$) such that at some ...
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Number of Automorphisms of a graph for graph isomorphism

Let $G$ and $H$ be two $r$-regular connected graphs of size $n$. Let $A$ be the set of permutations $P$ such that $PGP^{-1}=H$. If $G=H$ then $A$ is the set of automorphisms of $G$. What is the ...
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Construction of a graph which has regular subgraphs at each iteration of a recursive process

I am studying Graph Isomorphism and also trying to figure out the complexity of a certain class of graph. The graph I am studying at the moment is described below Description : $G$ is a $r$ regular ...
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Combinatorial discrepancy of the system of all cuts

This is a variant of this previous question. In the meantime I have learned that what I am really interested in is the discrepancy of the system of all cuts of the complete graph on $n$ vertices. More ...
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Finding research problem for PhD(TCS)? [closed]

I am a theoratical computer science PhD student. I am wanted some suggestion in how to find research problem for PhD research. I have supervisor and he has given me first problem. We had get progress ...
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What are some of the most ingenious linear programs developed for tackling hard combinatorial problems?

What are some known ingenious linear programs that have been developed for tackling hard combinatorial optimization problems, especially any linear programs which had helped in getting good ...
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Number of distinct differences of $\omega(\sqrt{n})$ integers chosen from $[n]$

I encountered the following result during my research. $$\lim\limits_{n\to \infty} \mathbb{E}\left[ \frac{\#\{|a_i-a_j|,1\le i,j\le m \}}{n} \right] = 1$$ where $m=\omega(\sqrt n)$ and ...
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Compute lowest dimensional polytope from a given set of sign vectors

Given a set of hyperplanes determined by the normal vectors $h_1,\dots,h_m \in \mathbf R^d$, its cell types (or sign vectors) are all vectors $t\in\{+,-\}^m$ for which there exists a vector ...
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Algorithm for multiplying multivariate polynomials in a commutative ring

Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Let $f(x_1, \dots, x_n), g(x_1, \dots, x_n)$ be two multivariate polynomials with the same $x_i$-terms with maximal total degree $\delta$, but with different ...
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$d$-regular bipartite expander graph

I have seen that there exists $d$-left regular bipartite graphs. My question is do there exists $d$-regular bipartite expander graphs in which both the degree of the left and the right vertices is ...
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Lemma needed for my machine learning research [closed]

Say $\sigma_1, \sigma_2, \dots, \sigma_m$ are i.i.d distributed $\pm1$ variables. How do I show that for any choice of $S_1, S_2, \dots, S_d$ subsets of $\{1, 2, \dots, m\}$, the expectation of the ...
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Recognizing sequences with all permutations of $\{1, \ldots, n\}$ as subsequences

For any $n > 0$, I say that a sequence $s$ of integers in $\{1, \ldots, n\}$ is $n$-complete if, for every permutation $\mathbf{p}$ of $\{1, \ldots, n\}$, written as a sequence of pairwise distinct ...
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Hardness of Covering Arrays with $v=t=6$

A covering array is an $N \times k$ array with each entry as one of $v$ symbols, where for every $t$ columns all possible $v^t$ tuples appears at least once. The covering array number (CAN) is the ...
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Enumerating set combinations in an order that maximises the number of previously unseen subsets

Consider a set $S=\{a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k\}$, $\left|S\right|=11$. There are ${11 \choose 5} = 462$ combinations of $S$'s members of size $5$. There are $462! \approx 1.419 × 10^{1032}$ possible ...
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How good is greedy in average?

Given a family ${\cal F}\subset 2^E$ of (feasible solutions), the maximization problem on ${\cal F}$ is, for every weighting $x:E\to \{0,1,\ldots\}$ of ground elements, to compute the maximum weight ...
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Book Embedding Duality of Graphs

The definition of Book Embedding on Wikipedia: "A book embedding is a generalization of planar embedding of a graph to embeddings into a book, a collection of half-planes all having the same line as ...
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Is the complexity of this covering problem known?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. A vertex set $X\subseteq V$ is called critical if $X\neq\emptyset$ and no vertex in $V\setminus X$ is adjacent to exactly one vertex in $X$. The problem is to find a vertex ...
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Special properties of bipartite expanders

It is well known that expanders, and often the special case of bipartite expanders, have found many uses in derandomization, coding, etc. However, I am curious if there are any special properties of ...
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Is it a rule that discrete problems are NP-hard and continuous problems are not?

In my computer science education, I increasingly notice that most discrete problems are NP-complete (at least), whereas optimizing continuous problems is almost always easily achievable, usually ...
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Hereditary Discrepancy

It is known that it is NP-hard to distinguish whether a set system has discrepancy $0$ or $O(\sqrt{n})$, given that the set system has $n$ elements and $m=O(n)$ sets. In general if it is so hopeless ...
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Applications of small Kakeya sets over finite fields

It was proved by Dvir that a Kakeya set in $\mathbb{F}_q^n$ has size at least $q^n/n!$, a bound which was later improved to $q^n/2^n$. For $n = 2$ and $q$ odd the exact bound is $q(q+1)/2 + (q-1)/2$ ...
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Thresholds for overlapping sets

A common scenario is that one has a well-ordered universe, and one wishes to answer queries of the form "how many elements are at most x?". If one has d elements, then one can pick logd thresholds in ...
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Additive combinatorics applications in algorithm design

I'm reading surveys by Trevisan and Lovett on applications of additive combinatoric in TCS. The majority of these applications fall under computational complexity, e.g., lower bounds. I wonder if ...
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Emptiness of complement of subspace arrangement

Given $k$ affine subspaces in $\{0,1\}^n$, consider the problem of testing whether their union covers all of $\{0,1\}^n$. What's the complexity of this problem? P.S.: It seems that this can be ...
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On the notion of positive rank

The positive rank of a square matrix is defined in Theorem $3$ of "Expressing Combinatorial Optimization Problems by Linear Programs" by Mihalis Yannakakis as follows: given a $n\times n$ matrix $A$, ...
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Weird claim of graphclasses about complexity of domination

EDIT this got 'fixed' on graphclasses, as per answers/comments, so you might not reproduce it, unless you have their earlier database, which is publicly available via sage - http://sagemath.org. ...
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What is the most “unbalanced” vector between two given vectors of numbers?

Let $\mathbb{R}_+$ be the set of non-negative real numbers. Let $m$ be a positive integer and $\leq_m$ the product ordering on $\mathbb{R}_+^m$. That is, $\leq_m$ is the partial ordering on ...
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Addding edges to spanning tree without destroying planarity

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ with n vertices, m edges, and the maximum degree $\Delta$. Let $T$ be a spanning tree of $G$. Let $E_c \subseteq E - E(T)$ be the maximum number of edges that we can add to $T$ ...
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computing maximal bit density over a FSM

let $L$ be a regular language defined by a FSM over binary symbols $\{0,1\}$. consider a function $f(x)$ on words/ strings that computes "bit density", defined as the number of $1$'s in a word ...
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Does this problem have a name? Finding a subset intersecting all subsets of a family

I am pretty sure this problem has a name, or it can be reworded so it does. We are given a set $X$ and a family $\mathcal F$ of subsets of $X$, the problem is to find a subset $B$ such that $B\cap ...
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Scheduling to maximize idle time

In the context of scheduling maintenance jobs on arcs of a flow network I came across the problem to schedule jobs, indexed by $j$, and given by triples $(r_j,d_j,p_j)$ of (integer) release time, due ...
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Generalization of Beck's theorem

Beck's theorem is a classical result in discrete geometry which describes about the geometry of points in the plane. The result states that a finite collections of points in the plane fall into one of ...
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What is the standard name for the function which inflates a string by duplicating each of its characters?

Given a string $s$ over some alphabet, I'd like to use the proper nomenclature/notation for the operation/function $f$ which inflates $s$ by independently duplicating each of its characters. For ...
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Is there notation for converting a multi-set to a set?

Suppose we have a multi-set $S$. For example, $S = \{ 1,2,2,3 \}$. Suppose we also have a set $T$, e.g., $T=\{1,2,3\}$. I would like to say, compactly, that $S$, when its duplicates are removed, is ...
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Discrepancy of Hadamard type matrix

Let $H$ be $\{-1,+1\}$ Hadamard matrix of size $2$ and $J$ be the same size all $1$ matrix. Let $W$ be $\frac{H+J}{2}$. Is the discrepancy of $W^{\otimes k}$ atmost $\sqrt{k^{-1}}$?
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Recent insights on algorithms for 1D bin packing

This is just a general question on recent algorithms for the 1D bin packing problem. I just want to collect some information on this issue, so I’m grateful for any information. Especially heuristics ...
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Number of different longest common substrings

Given an alphabet $\Sigma$ of size $k$ and two strings $w_1,w_2\in \Sigma^n$ of length $n$. The longest common substring problem asks for a longest string in the set $A(w_1,w_2)$ of all common ...
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How many sets of vectors can be represented as the solutions of a Horn-SAT instance?

Let the solution space of a SAT instance be the set of Boolean vectors of satisfying assignments of $\{0,1\}$ to the variables (that result in the formula evaluating to TRUE). In other words, a ...
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Approximating a max-cut's intersection with other cuts

For the purposes of this question, a cut in a graph $G$ is the edge-set $\delta (S)\subseteq E(G)$ between some vertex-set $S$ and its complement. A max cut is one with at least as many edges as any ...
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A curious asymmetry in good characterizations

There are quite a few theorems, mostly in graph theory and combinatorial optimization, that are often referred to as good characterizations. They typically put a property in $NP\cap co-NP$, by showing ...
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Minimizing a general submodular pseudo boolean function

Are there algorithms that minimize a general submodular pseudo boolean function (PBF) without first transforming it to a quadratic pseudo boolean function (QPBF)?
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Weighted furthest point voronoi diagrams

I found that Weighted nearest neighbor voronoi diagrams are widely studied and there are optimal algorithms for that. But I could not find anything on Weighted furthest point voronoi diagrams !! But ...
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lower bound for difference between max cut and min cut

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph on $n$ vertices with edge weights $w=(w_e)_{e\in E}$. Let $M^+$ and $M^-$ be the maximum and the minimum cut values, i.e. ...
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Is this graph polynomial known? Can it be efficiently computed?

Consider a connected simple graph $G$ with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges. View each edge $\ell$ as a transposition $t_{\ell}$ acting on the set of vertices. [To be more explicit, given an edge $\ell$ ...
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General Results for Complicated Constraint Satisfaction Problem

Consider the following problem: on a finite two-dimensional grid (say the grid points are vertices of a graph), I need to color the vertices in such a way to satisfy the existence and nonexistence of ...
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Sign patterns for Fourier coefficients of Boolean functions

Given a sequence of real numbers $(a_i)$, the sign-pattern sequence $(s_i)$ is defined by $s_i = +$ if $a_i \geq 0$ and $s_i = -$ otherwise. For a boolean function $f: \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$, ...
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Arrangements of Objects

Suppose there are $n$ bins each having $k$ objects. Assume that capacity of each bin is also $k$. Now we want to rearrange the objects such that each bin contains $k$ objects but this time if $x,y$ ...