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Complexity of deciding whether subspaces of Z_2^n cover every point 3*x times

When studying the complexity of checking identities in certain finite algebras, I came across the following decision problem: Input: A positive integer $n \in N$ and a set of affine subspaces $H_1,...
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Fast Approximation Algorithms for Covering Design

The covering design problem is as follows: We are given a universe $\mathcal{U}$ of size $n$. By $C(n,k,l)$ we denote the smallest cardinality of any set system $\mathcal{A} \subset 2^\mathcal{U}$ ...
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K-path cover problem for a DAG

I am doing a little literature review and I was trying to know if, for a directed acyclic graph, the minimum k-path cover problem is solvable in polynomial time. A k-path cover is a set of paths with ...
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Is there any work that relates the liveness of a Petri Net to the complexity of determining coverability?

I'm working on a problem where the formalism appears to be an abstraction of a kind of Petri net, and it is possible to construct an equivalent Petri net from this formalism with the same behavior. ...
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Approximation of covering number in metric space

Consider the following setting: Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and let $S$ be a finite subset of $X$. An $\epsilon$-cover of $S$ is any subset $C\subset S$ such that $$ \max_{x\in S} d(x,C)\leq \...
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Do there exist “odd times” cover problems and what do we know about their approximability?

I am currently investigating a problem which can be formulated as a cover problem, in which real intervals have to be covered an odd number of times by integers. My question is just, if anybody has ...
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Is Non-linear Constrained Optimal Exact Cover NP-Hard?

Playing around I ran into a problem which looks like a Exact Set Covering / Partition Problem, but I am unable to find a reduction to categorize the complexity of the problem, despite it looks NP-Hard....
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An Exact Cover Variant encoded in a 4-Terminal Network

During research, I hit the following problem Exact Cover Variant (ECV) Input: Three set systems $S_1, S_2, S_3$ over a universe $U$, each closed with respect to $\cap$ and $\cup$. ...
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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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Cover set of Boolean formulas with conjunctions

I want to cover a set of Boolean formulas (over the same variables) with disjunctive conjunctions. Here's an example with two formulas $p_1$ and $p_2$ over the set of variables $\{A, B, X, Y\}$: I ...
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Trade-off between number of spheres and wasted space in covering a 3d object by spheres

Consider the following optimization problem: Input: a 3-dimensional "object" $O$. Output: a covering of $O$ by a list of $k$ spheres $S_1, \ldots, S_k$ (given by their centers and radii) minimizing ...