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Formalizing and optimizing constraints involving booleans, pairs of booleans, and integer sums

My scenario has various flavors of SAT, constrained quadratic pseudo-Boolean, and integer programming. My attempts to formalize and solve the problem with Z3's ...
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Lattice problems

There has been a fair amount of work on computational problems for partial orders (e.g., recognition, jump number, comparability graph recognition, etc...). I am curious what work specific to ...
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An efficient algorithm for maximizing gain by choosing from a set of options

(I hope this is on-topic for this site -- mods feel free to send this to another stack exchange if not ) I've got an optimization problem where I need to choose from one of several options to ...
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Hospital Resident Matching Algorithm with Incomplete Preferences

Consider a set of doctors $D$ and hospitals $H$ such that each doctor $d \in D$ has a rank ordered strict preference over a subset of hospitals, $H_d \subseteq H$. Similarly, each hospital $h \in H$ ...
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Approximation algorithms for Directed Minimum Cut with Cardinality Constraints

We would like to know whether there are any known approximation results for the cardinality constrained minimum $s$-$t$-cut on directed graphs. We weren't able to find any such result in literature. ...
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Algorithm for computing the smallest subset of nodes to remove from a graph to make it a tree

I have encountered an interesting problem that I couldn't find any references to solve: Determine the smallest subset of nodes that need to be removed from an undirected graph to make it a tree. ...
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What is the hardest instance for the group isomorphism problem?

Two groups $(G,\cdot)$ and $(H, \times)$ are said to be isomorphic iff there exists a homomorphism from $G$ to $H$ which is bijective. The group isomorphism problem is as follows: given two groups, ...
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Hidden Constants in Complexity of Algorithms

For many problems, the algorithm with the best asymptotic complexity has a very large constant factor that is hidden by big O notation. This occurs in matrix multiplication, integer multiplication (...
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Cost of in-place partitioning integer arrays

Suppose we are given an array $a\colon[n]\to[m]$ of length $n$ (and each entry is between 1 and m). We will denote the $i$th entry of the array as $a[i]$. Task: Permute the array $a$ in-place so that ...
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Given a subset of of the hypercube and an affine transform of it, find the affine map

This is a follow up to this resolved question. Suppose we are given a set of bitvectors $A\subseteq\mathbb{F}_2^d$ and an invertible affine transformed copy of it $$B=\{Mx + s\mid x\in A\}$$ for some ...
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Tortoise and hare algorithms

Consider the problem: Given an array $a[0..n]$ where $n\ge 1$ and $a[i]\in [n]$ for all $i=0,\ldots,n$ find two indices $s\neq t$ so that $a[s] = a[t]$. This problem has a stunning solution running ...
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Interpolation of the square of a polynomial

Let $\mathcal{P}^2_n$ be the set of rational polynomials of degree at most $2n$ that are sqares of polynomials, i.e. $\mathcal{P}^2_n$ consists of the set of polynomials of the following form: $$(a_0 +...
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Non-Orthogonal Vectors Problem

Consider the following problems: Orthogonal Vectors Problem Input: A set $S$ of $n$ Boolean vectors each of length $d$. Question: Do there exist distinct vectors $v_1$ and $v_2 \in S$ ...
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Placing color boxes on a colored image such that color consistency is maximized

I have encountered the following challenging problem that I think to be a non straightforward generalization of the Knapsack problem. Given an image with black background that contains blobs whose ...
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What is the maximal load of a “latency-bounded” Cuckoo Hash?

Cuckoo Hashing is a method for storing key-value stores (or just a set of keys) with a constant worst-case lookup time. They use two hash functions $h_1,h_2:\mathbb K\to [n]$, where $\mathbb K$ is ...
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Is it possible to prove that a general purpose integer factorization algorithm must contain a loop?

1) Let $A$ be a (general purpose) algorithm that factors $n$. Suppose $A$ contains a loop (which is hard to imagine if not impossible that it does not.) If $A$ contains nested loops then these loops ...
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Computing sum of sparse polynomials squared in O(n log n) time?

Suppose we have polynomials $p_1,...,p_m$ of degree at most $n$, $n>m$, such that the total number of nonzero coefficients is $n$ (i.e., the polynomials are sparse). I am interested in an efficient ...
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Is it possible to sort by only knowing the sign of pairwise sums?

I am currently thinking of how much structure one actually needs in order to be able to sort things at all. All comparison-based algorithms need a direct comparability, but are we able to remove this ...
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Solving “all-marginals” problem for independent sets on grid

Suppose I have a distribution over independent sets on an $n\times n$ grid where the probability of independent set occupying nodes $(i_1,j_1),\ldots,(i_k,j_k)$ is proportional to $\lambda_{i_1,j_1}\...
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How many samples are needed to reconstruct a path?

Consider an input set of vertices $V$ and vertices $s,t\in V$. The goal is to learn some unknown shortest path from $s$ to $t$; the set of edges of the graph is hidden at first and there may be ...
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Subset-sum-difference problem

Consider the following problem: SUBSET-SUM-DIFFERENCE: Let $S=\{s_1,\dots,s_n\}$ be a set of $n$ integers and $t$ be a "target" integer. Are there two disjoint subsets of $S$ (call them subsets $I$ ...
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Mapping of entire balls using Locality Sensitive Hashing (LSH)

LSH functions are useful for approximate nearest neighbor search. They are usually defined, for distance metric $d$ and $c>1$ as follows: A family of hash functions is $(r, cr, p_1, p_2)$-LSH ...
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Convention for RAM machine models

When algorithm asymptotic runtimes are given without explicitly noting the computational model, what is the convention for the exact model used? My understanding is that most problems use unit-cost ...
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Is there a fast algorithm for inverting a sparse matrix?

I am doing research on a random-walk like problem. As a critical part of my solution, I need to invert a non-singular sparse matrix of size $n \times n$ and with $O(n)$ non-empty entries. I'm working ...
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Determining how n-tuples are sorted as you search them?

I have a sorted list of $N$ n-tuples, but I do not know exactly how they were sorted. The person who sorted them did so by lexicographically ordering some permutation least-to-greatest. For example, ...
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How is additive error handled in this simple algorithm? 'Product of all elements'

Say we have two unit vectors $\hat{u}, \hat{v} \in \mathbb{R}^n$ where $\hat{u} = (u_1,...,u_n)$ and $\hat{v}$ approximates $\hat{u}$. $~\hat{v} = (u_1+\epsilon, ...,u_n+\epsilon)$ where $\epsilon = \...
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Practical algorithm for testing whether an edge is Delaunay

I have a set of vertices $V\subset\mathbb R^3$ and a set of edges $S=\{(a,b)|a,b \in V\}$. I want to know whether an edge in the set $S$ is Delaunay against the vertices in $V$. My assumed ...
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Knapsack with dependent profits (pairs of items)

I'm working on a problem which MAY be reduced to the following version of Knapsack: Suppose two items $e_i$ and $e_j$ have profit $p_i$ and $p_j$ respectively. However, if both items are present in ...
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In external memory, is grouping equal elements easier than sorting?

Sorting an array will put equal elements adjacent to each other. So, in no model of computation can grouping equal elements be harder than sorting. In the RAM model, grouping equal elements is $O(n)$ ...
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Great algorithms, machine learning and no linear algebra

I teach an advanced algorithms course and would like to include some topics related to machine learning which will be of interest to my students. As a result, I would like to hear people's opinions of ...
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Longest stack-sortable subsequence

Given an array of $n$ pairwise-different positive integers, the problem is to find the longest subsequence that is stack-sortable, i.e. avoiding the permutation pattern $231$. How fast can this ...
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Approximation for counting the number of simple $s$-$t$ paths in a general graph

I have been told that there are some good polynomial time algorithms for approximating the number of simple paths in an directed graph from given starting vertex $s$ to given ending vertex $t$. Does ...
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What is the maximum number of stable marriages for an instance of the Stable Marriage Problem?

Stable Marriage Problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stable_marriage_problem I am aware that for an instance of a SMP, many other stable marriages are possible apart from the one returned by the ...
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Toy Examples for Plotkin-Shmoys-Tardos and Arora-Kale solvers

I would like to understand how the Arora-Kale SDP solver approximates the Goemans-Williamson relaxation in nearly linear time, how the Plotkin-Shmoys-Tardos solver approximates fractional "packing" ...
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Shortest s-t path when is allowed to ignore k weights

Given an undirected graph $G$ with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges, with non-negative weights on the edges, what's the best algorithm that computes the shortest path from $s$ to $t$, where you are allowed ...
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Complexity of comparing extended integer power towers

Inspired by this stackexchange question, is it an open problem to compare two power towers of positive integers if we additionally allow numbers lower in the tower to themselves be represented by ...
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Finding 3SUM witness when promised a solution

Suppose we have a 3SUM instance given with the promise that there exists at least one solution. Is the trivial $O(n^2)$ (modulo logarithmic improvements) solution still the best algorithm or is there ...
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Arranging letters to make a word in a regular language

Fix a regular language $L$ on the alphabet $\{a, b\}$, and consider the following problem. I am given as input: some number $m \in \mathbb{N}$ of copies of the letter $a$, and some number $n \in \...
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Entropy bounds on solutions to problems in BPP and other complexity classes based on entropy demands

Has anyone studied the asymptotics of problems in complexity classes like $BPP$? The thought came to me that if a problem in $BPP$ only requires $O(log(n))$ bits of entropy to solve then, intuitively, ...
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How to sample from a distribution with submodular weights

Is there a known algorithm for sampling a set $S \subset \{1,...,n\}$ with probability $p_S = \frac{e^{f(S)}}{\sum_{T \subset \{1,...,n\}} e^{f(T)}}$ where $f: 2^{\{1,...,n\}} \to \mathbb{R}$ is a ...
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How is SDP an extension of spectral algorithms?

In one of his lectures, Uri Feige described semidefinite programming (SDP) as ... an algorithmic technique that extends both linear programming and spectral algorithms. I know the basic ...
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The SQ argument in Balazs Szorenyi's paper

I am asking about the proof in Theorem 5 (page 6) of this paper, http://www.inf.u-szeged.hu/~szorenyi/Cikkek/sq_d0_ext.pdf Quite a few things about this short argument seem unclear to me, Towards ...
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Enumerate all allocations of points in a simplex

Consider the standard 2-simplex $\{(x,y)~|~x+y=1~;~ x,y\geq 0\}$. Given a set $M$ of $m$ points in this simplex, we allocate each point either to X or to Y by the following process: Fix two positive ...
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Computational Complexity of the Frobenius Problem

The Frobenius problem takes as input $n$ positive integers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ with $\gcd(a_1,\ldots,a_n)=1$ and asks for the largest integer $F$ that cannot be written in the form $F=a_1x_1+a_2x_2+\...
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Minimising the maximum distance to the centre of a cluster of points

I have a set of points $C_i$ on a two dimensional plane and I want to find a point $P$ such that the maximum distance from $P$ to any of the points is minimised, i.e. minimise(max($||P-C_i||$)). I've ...
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Generalizations of linear programming

Linear problems can be solved in polynomial time. So can semidefinite programs and, presumably, many other useful classes of optimization programs. Is there a survey/lecture notes describing ...
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Example problem that is not in $2^{o(n)}$ but could be solved in $O(2^{cn})$ for any $c > 0$ (suggested by wording of ETH)

In the wikipedia article on Time Complexity it is written that: The exponential time hypothesis (ETH) is that 3SAT, the satisfiability problem of Boolean formulas in conjunctive normal form with, ...
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Time complexity of finding a point of infinite order on a rank 1 elliptic curve over Q

As an outsider, it sounds like a lot of progress has been made on understanding rank 1 elliptic curves over Q. Much of the BSD conjecture is known for rank 1, and Heegner points provide a way in ...
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How hard is unshuffling a string?

A shuffle of two strings is formed by interspersing the characters into a new string, keeping the characters of each string in order. For example, MISSISSIPPI is a ...
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Fast sparse boolean matrix chain product

So, I've got about 100-200 very sparse square boolean matrices with side length ~several dozens, and I need to compute their product. I know that if I multiply them serially, the product will usually ...