# Questions tagged [ds.algorithms]

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### Partial circulant matrices: Is there a non-zero vector $v\in \{-1,0,1\}^n$ such that $Mv=0$?

The following question arose as a side product of some work I have been part of recently. An $m$ by $n$ $(0,1)$-matrix $M$ is partial circulant if it can be formed by taking the first $m$ rows of a ...
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### In an $m$ by $n$ Boolean matrix, can you find a square block whose four corners are ones in $O(m \cdot n)$ time?

Decision Problem Input: An $m$ by $n$ Boolean matrix $M$. Decision Question: Does there exist a square block within $M$ such that upper-left corner entry == upper-right corner entry == lower-left ...
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### Longest geometrically increasing subsequence

Given a sorted array of $n$ positive integers, the problem is to find the longest subsequence so that the progression of differences between consecutive elements of the subsequence is geometrically ...
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### Tiling a rectangle with the fewest squares

Consider this problem: Find a tiling of an $m \times n$ rectangle by minimum number of integer-sided squares. Is there any polynomial time (in $m$ and $n$) algorithm to do this? What is the best ...
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### Is it possible to boost the error probability of a Consensus protocol over dynamic network?

Consider the binary consensus problem in a synchronous setting over dynamic network (thus, there are $n$ nodes, and some of them are connected by edges that may change round to round). Given a ...
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### Exact Algorithm for edge labeling problem in DAG

I am implementing some system part of which requires some help. I am therefore framing it as a graph problem to make it domain independent. Problem: We are given directed acyclic graph $G=(V,E)$. ...
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### What is the curve of "search vs. insert"

Consider a collection of numbers (of arbitrary size), and an oracle that is able to accept two such numbers $a,b$ and answer queries of the form $a<b, a>b, a=b$ in constant time. With this ...
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### Complexity to compute the eigenvalue signs of the adjacency matrix

Let $A$ be the $n\times n$ adjacency matrix of a (non-bipartite) graph. Assume that we are given the amplitudes of its eigenvalues, i.e., $|\lambda_1|=a_1,\ldots, |\lambda_n|=a_n$, and we would like ...
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### Minimal rare subgraphs

I am looking for any related work to the following problem. Say you have a large directed graph $G$ and you want to find rare (or unique) subgraphs of minimal size that are not isomorphic to any other ...
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### Online algorithms: open problems

Recently the long-standing k-server problem has been solved by Nikhil Bansal, Niv Buchbinder, Aleksander Mądry and Seffi Naor (to appear in FOCS 2011). I'm interested in knowing other open problems in ...
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### What is the currently best known algorithm for the transportation problem?

Consider the well known transportation problem: There are $m$ supply nodes, $n$ demand nodes and $k$ feasible arcs. Every node has a integer supply or demand, and the arcs have integer costs, used ...
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### Hardness of optimal sorting

For comparison-based sorting algorithms, asymptotically optimal algorithms in worst-case $\Theta(n\log n)$ comparisons are well known. From a purely theoretical perspective, however, exactly optimal ...
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### Generating a random graph with constraints on spectrum

Consider two sequences $u_1 \geq u_2 \geq ... \geq u_n$ and $l_1 \geq l_2 \geq ... \geq l_n$ with $u_i \geq l_i$ for every $i$. Let $\mathcal{G}(l_{1:n},u_{1:n})$ be all undirected unweighted simple ...
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### Directed Sparsest Cut on Planar Graphs?

The (uniform) directed sparsest cut problem asks for a cut $(S,\bar{S})$ in a directed graph $G=(V,E)$ which minimize the ratio $\frac{\delta_{out}(S) }{|S||\bar{S}|}$, where $\delta_{out}$ is the ...
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### Conditional density of primes

We have some theorems about the density of prime numbers, the most famous one is probably the prime number theorem. My question is about the density of primes when we choose random numbers from a ...
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### Maximum local edge connectivity

For a simple graph, the local edge connectivity of vertices $x,y$ where $x\neq y$ is $\lambda(x,y)$ and defined as the maximum number of edge disjoint paths from $x$ to $y$. One can find this by a ...
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### Additive error in counting the number of 1's in a sliding window?

The setting is as follows: We're given a stream of bits. At time $t$ you get to see bit $b_t$, and required to output $\widehat{s_t} \approx \Sigma_{i=0}^{N}b_{t-i}$ (i.e. approximately how many 1's ...
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### Computing weighted sums of binomial coefficients

This question is a reformulation of Complexity for computing weighted number of paths on integer lattice Is there any way to compute in $o(n^2)$ all $n$ sums $\sum_{0\leq i \leq j} a_i\binom{j}{i}$ ...
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### Fundamental assumptions in complexity analysis

I am a software engineer and I need a bit of clarification. The practical performance of algorithms is usually compared against models where arithmetic and dereferencing are instantaneous, such as RAM....
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### Finding SVD efficiently for $AB^T$

I have a low rank matrix given as $AB^T$ where $A,B \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times p}$ and $p \ll n$. (I know $A$ and $B$ separately) EDIT: (I have added the second question here since it was closed as a ... 175 views

### Is Gödel's speed-up theorem an instance of Blum's speedup theorem?

Blum's speedup theorem is a statement about a certain class of computable functions for which it is always possible to find a faster algorithm. Gödel's speed-up theorem is a statement about the ...
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### Finding $n$ many different primes efficiently

I want to find $n$ many different primes on RAM. I can find $O(\frac{n}{\log n})$ many primes in the interval $1$ to $n$ in $O(n)$ running time. A brute force way is to find $O(\frac{n}{\log n})$ many ...
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### Algorithms to generate consecutive primes

The prime number theorem, states that the "average length" of the gap between a prime $p$ and the next prime is ln(p). I am looking for (preferably deterministic efficient) an algorithm that generates ...
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### Time complexity of a branching-and-bound algorithm

Theoretical computer scientists usually use branch-and-reduce algorithms to find exact solutions. The time complexity of such a branching algorithm is usually analyzed by the method of branching ...
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### Efficient Reduction from Min Cut to st-Min Cut

I am aware that many known algorithms for min cut problem is not by reducing the problem to $st$-min cut. But the question of efficient reduction from min cut to $st$-min cut is still interesting to ...
Given $n$ possible alternatives satisfying some unknown linear ordering, a multiset of pairwise votes, i.e., a matrix $M\in\mathbb{N}^{n\times n}$: $M_{i,j}$ counts the number of votes for which $i&... 8 votes 0 answers 207 views ### Simplifying the disjoint union of wildcard strings Setting: patterns with "don't care" symbols, binary alphabet. For example, pattern$x = 001?$represents the set$L(x) = \{0010, 0011\}$. We are given a set$P$of disjoint patterns:$L(x) \cap L(y) ...
Let $A,B,C$ be subsets of a nonabelian group $G$, and assume we know the structure of $G$ "fairly well" (e.g., $G = S_n$ or $A_n$). Assume that group operations take $O(1)$ time. Is it ...