An algorithm whose behaviour is determined by its input and a generator producing uniformly random numbers.

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The randomized query complexity of the conjoined trees problem

An important 2003 paper by Childs et al. introduced the "conjoined trees problem": a problem admitting an exponential quantum speedup that's unlike just about any other such problem that we know of. ...
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To find OR of $\sqrt{n}$ numbers each of $n$ bits?

Given $\sqrt{n}$ numbers of $n$ bits each. I need to find its OR and store it at another number RESULT of $n$ bits. Trivially it can be done in $\mathcal{O}(n \sqrt{n})$ time, or $\mathcal{O}(n ...
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Proving properties of Random Graphs

I am asking the question on a slightly abstract level and it may depend on the specifics but it would be great to have related references or ideas. Consider the random graph model $G_{n,p}$ where its ...
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A flowchart for concentration bounds

When I teach tail bounds, I use the usual progression: If your r.v is positive, you can apply Markov's inequality If you have independence and also bounded variance, you can apply Chebyshev's ...
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A converse to Fano's inequality ?

Fano's inequality can be stated in many forms, and one particularly useful one is due (with a minor modification) to Oded Regev: Let $X$ be a random variable, and let $Y = g(X)$ where $g(\cdot)$ ...
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Freivalds matrix multiplication with non binary random vector

Freivalds' algorithm verify matrices (over a field) product $A \times B = C$ by choosing a random binary vector $r$ and verifying if $A(Br)=Cr$ which fails if $AB \neq C$ with probability at most ...
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Estimate the maximum by randomized approximation algorithms

Given a set $A$ of $2^n$ elements such that each $a\in A$ is a rational in $[0,1]$. The question is to estimate $\max(A)$, i.e., the maximal element of $A$. Is there a polynomial algorithm to ...
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PAC algorithms for APX-Hard problems

Do there exist polynomial time algorithms that admit Probably Approximately Correct (PAC) bounds for APX-Hard problems? That is, does there exist a problem $P$ that is APX-Hard, such that for every ...
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Where does randomness help when deciding algebraic geometry over $\mathbb{C}$?

If we have a single straight line program expressing a multivariate polynomial equation with integer coefficients, the Schwartz-Zippel lemma gives a simple randomized algorithm for deciding whether ...
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Natural theorems proven only “to high probability”?

There are plenty of situations where a randomized "proof" is much easier than a deterministic proof, the canonical example being polynomial identity testing. Question: Are there any natural ...
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What is the advantage of designing deterministic distributed algorithms?

Distributed algorithms that are resilient to failures can either be deterministic or probabilistic. Take for example the consensus problem. Paxos is deterministic in the sense that given the ...
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Bound the number of rounds in the sampling

Suppose we have a sequence $a_1,a_2,\ldots, a_n$, each $a_i$ is sampled uniformly and independently from $[0,1]$. Define $$ J_1=1,\\ \text{for}~i>1, ~J_i = 1 \iff a_i < \min ...
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Hitting edges in graphs at random and let them die with honor

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a finite simple 2-connected graph. Let $B\subseteq E$ be a set of bad edges of size $k:=|B|$. For each edge $e\in E$ we toss a fair coin ($p=1/2$) and if the outcome is head, we hit ...
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Complexity of determining unique elements of each cycle in a permutation

It is a well known fact that a permutation is a set of cycles, and that one can find all cycles of a permutation in $O(n)$ time, where $n$ is the length of the permutation. But suppose that we know ...
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Randomized Parallel Algorithm for Maximal Independent Set

There are a couple of randomized parallel algorithms for the maximal independent set problem, e.g. A Simple Parallel Algorithm for the Maximal Independent Set Problem, A fast and simple randomized ...
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Height of randomly built binary search tree by insert and delete?

In Introduction to algorithm (CLRS), even in its third edition (published in 2009) it is noted in Sec 12.4 that little is known about height of randomly built binary search tree using insert and ...
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Generating random graphs using the preferential attachment model with degree bounds

I am interested to know the structure of random graphs generated by the preferential attachment model with degree bounds. Specifically, when a vertex is chosen with a probability proportional to its ...
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In what class are randomized algorithms that err with exactly 25% chance?

Suppose I consider the following variant of BPP, which let us call E(xact)BPP: A language is in EBPP if there is a polynomial time randomized TG that accepts every word of the language with exactly ...
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On Random Self-reducible properties

Permanent is random self-reducible. $\mathsf{SAT}$ is not random self-reducible since otherwise the polynomial hierarchy collapses to $\mathsf{\Sigma_3}$. 1) Is $k$-sum random self-reducible? That ...
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Approximate Maximum Weight Matching

I am looking for an approximated (or randomized) maximum weight matching algorithm. Do you have any suggestion for me? In my problem, I have a bipartite graph with N abound 1000 (#vertices on each ...
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karger's algorithm contracting nodes not edges [closed]

Karger's algorithm works by contracting edges, not merging nodes (this is different because nodes need not share an edge). Is there a reason why this is so?
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Running time of randomized algorithms

This is a very basic doubt, something I've always swept under the carpet. The definition of BPP allows a machine access to random bits, which are 0 and 1 with equal probability. Many a randomized ...
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Is uniform RNC contained in polylog space?

Log-space-uniform NC is contained in deterministic polylog space (sometimes written PolyL). Is log-space-uniform RNC also in this class? The standard randomized version of PolyL should be in PolyL, ...
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Sums of products of bernoulli random variables

Let $x_1 \ldots x_a,y_1 \ldots y_b$ be independent random variables taking values +1 or -1. Consider the sum $$S = \sum_{i,j} x_iy_j.$$ I wish to upper bound the probability $P(|S| > t)$. The ...
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Lowest Common Ancestor Problem in Directed Acyclic Graphs

What is the current best bound for the following problem in DAG: "For any pair of vertices in a given graph G, return all the LCAs of the same"? Edit: I am working on all-pair reachability problem in ...
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What upper bound can we get under 3-wise independence? (comparable edition)

Here is the original question: What bound can we get using $k$-th moment inequality under 3-wise independence? .Yury has given a 3-wise independent example that shows the upper bound is no better than ...
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What bound can we get using $k$-th moment inequality under 3-wise independence?

Let $X_1,\dots, X_n$ be 0-1 random variables, which are $3$-wise independent. We want to give a upper bound to $\Pr(|\Sigma_iX_i-\mu|\geq t)$. Can we get better bound than ...
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Concentration Bounds for Dependent Rounding

Consider the following random process which is defined on $n$ numbers $0\leq x_1,\ldots,x_n\leq 1$: At each step, pick an arbitrary number, say $x_i$. Then randomly (and independently) change its ...
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Shortest paths perturbation

I have a graph $G=(V,E)$, with positive weights $w_e, e\in E$ on the edges, and I would like to randomly perturb the weights of the edges so that for each pair of distinct vertices $(u,v)$ such that ...
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Chernoff Bounds for settings with limited dependence

Could someone point me to a way of bounding the tail probability of sums of bernoulli variables each generated by the same distribution but the condition of independence is only partially satisfied. ...
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The complexity of sampling (approximately) the Fourier transform of a Boolean function

One thing that quantum computers can do (possibly even with just BPP + log-depth quantum circuits) is to approximate-sample the Fourier transform of a Boolean $\pm 1$-valued function in P. Here and ...
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What is the fastest known simulation of BPP using Las Vegas algorithms?

$\mathsf{BPP}$ and $\mathsf{ZPP}$ are two of basic probabilistic complexity classes. $\mathsf{BPP}$ is the class of languages decided by probabilistic polynomial-time Turing algorithms where the ...
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logic in the presence of doubt, uncertainty, lies

I was reading Harry Frankfurt's On Bulls*t, a 1986 philosophical essay about this blurry notion between truth and falsity. This is not a gratuitous exercise. This may have applications to computer ...
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Type-and-effect systems, stochasticism and effect squelching: how about quicksort?

There's a feature of Haskell's type system which bugs me: you can't implement a randomized sorting algorithm without the use of randomness spilling out into all of its callers. That seems ...
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On preprocessing a convex polyhedron prior to sampling

Most of the algorithms for estimating the volume of a convex polyhedron $K \subset R^d$ assume the existence of an affine transform $T$ with the property that $$ B \subset TK \tilde{\subset}\ ...
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Consequences of $\mathsf{NP}$ containing $\mathsf{BPP}$

Many believe that $\mathsf{BPP} = \mathsf{P} \subseteq \mathsf{NP}$. However we only know that $\mathsf{BPP}$ is in the second level of polynomial hierarchy, i.e. $\mathsf{BPP}\subseteq \Sigma^ ...
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Sampling from the Voronoi cell of a point

Fix a set of $n$ points $P \subset \mathbb{R}^d$. Now a query point $q$ arrives, and the goal is produce a point $r$ sampled uniformly at random from the Voronoi cell of $q$ in the set $P \cup ...
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Distributed algorithms on sets

Given a connected arbitrary network $G = (V,E)$, where $V$ is a set of nodes (processors) and $E$ is the set of edges between the nodes. Each node $v _i$ is assigned a non-empty set $S(v _i)$, where ...
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Is it enough for linear program constraints to be satisfied in expectation?

In the paper Randomized Primal-Dual analysis of RANKING for Online Bipartite Matching, while proving that the RANKING algorithm is $\left(1 - \frac{1}{e}\right)$-competitive, the authors show that the ...
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Narrowing the gap between BPP and RP

We do not know yet whether the 2-sided error of $BPP$ allows more computing power than the one sided error of $RP$. In view of derandomization results, the conjectured answer is no, since both classes ...
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Coupon collector - the effect of randomization

Given a set $S = \{1, ..., n\}$, an element is randomly drawn with replacement from $S$. Let's say we got the following sequence $X = \{x _1, ..., x _k\}$ until all elements of $S$ are seen, where $x ...
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Efficient and simple randomized algorithms where determinism is difficult

I often hear that for many problems we know very elegant randomized algorithms, but no, or only more complicated, deterministic solutions. However, I only know a few examples for this. Most ...
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Independent iterations in Las Vegas algorithms

In [Randomized Algorithms, Motwani and Raghavan] book, it is stated that the method of independent iterations to reduce the error probability in Monte Carlo algorithms (amplification according to ...
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Is there a randomized algorithm for set-cover?

Is there a well-known randomized algorithm for the set cover problem in the literature - such that it has an approximation ratio of $O(\log n)$ or $f$ - where $f$ is the max frequency of an element. ...
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Randomized rounding on a graph

Assume we are given an arbitrary undirected graph $G = (V, E)$ where $|V| = n$. We are also given real numbers $x_e \in [0, 1]$ for each $e \in E$. These numbers satisfy the following constraint: ...
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Count $k$-hop neighborhood for every vertex

For a node $v$ of a directed unweighted graph $G$, I define the $k$-hop neighborhood of $v$ as the set of vertices that are reachable from $v$ in $k$ hops or fewer (that is following a path with $k$ ...
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Probabilistic (randomized) algorithms before “modern” computer science appeared

Edit: I choice the answer with highest score by December 06, 2012. This is a soft question. The concept of (deterministic) algorithms dates back to BC. What about the probabilistic algorithms? In ...
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What is the worst case of the randomized incremental delaunay triangulation algorithm?

I know that the expected worst-case runtime of the randomized incremental delaunay triangulation algorithm (as given in Computational Geometry) is $\mathcal O(n \log n)$. There is an exercise which ...
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Online Interval Coloring Problem

We are given a path $P = (V,E)$ on $n$ nodes, where each edge $e \in E$ has a capacity $c_e$. There are a set of $k$ requests $R_1,\ldots,R_k$. Request $R_i$ has a demand $d_i$, and has an interval ...
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Rigorous proof that a random function and a random permutation cannot be distinguished in polynomial time

I have a background in number theory and I'm trying to learn how to reason rigorously about algorithms. I'm reading chapter 2 of Katz and Lindell's Introduction to Modern Cryptography. Show that no ...