# Questions tagged [optimization]

general questions about selecting a best element from some set of available alternatives.

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### Convexity of min(max()) operation over a convex set and a hypercube

Suppose we have a hypercube $[0, 1]^n$, a convex set $V$, and another set $A = min\{max\{V, \mathbf{0}\}, \mathbf{1}\}$, what should be the convexity of $A$? I've found out that $A$ is not a convex ...
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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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### AMQ (Bloom-filter like structure) lower bounds

I want an Approximate Member Query structure (that is, something like Bloom filter), but with the highest possible compression ratio. I know that for AMQs where query is done in constant time, the ...
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### Finding the maximum no. of people who get along in a group [closed]

Suppose that there are 15 people in a room. Assume that each person gets along with other people in the room (but not everyone). (Note that the "feeling is mutual" between any two people who are ...
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### Vehicle scheduling

Suppose there are $n$ resources which can do some work. Each resource has a number of time windows: $tw_{i,k}=\{start_{i, k},stop_{i, k}\}$, such that the resource can perform its functions only ...
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### Alternating Delivery Problem

What is known about the complexity of the following problem: Suppose we have a complete bipartite graph $G(V,E)$ with disjoint sets $C$ and $T$. The candidate vertices, and the target vertices ...
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### Reordering data to optimize for compression?

Are there any algorithms for reordering data to optimize for compression? I understand this is specific to the data and the compression algorithm, but is there a word for this topic? Where can I ...
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### Problems rephrased as quadratic unconstrained binary optimization

I was impressed when i came across Quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) recently, and saw how one can rephrase many combinatorial problems into questions about optima of binary functions....
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### Intuitive explanation behind Goemans-Williamson randomized rounding

A very simple randomized cut algorithm achieves $1/2$ of the optimal value: just choose each vertex to be in the cut with probability $1/2$, independently. Goemans-Williamson does something more ...
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### 3 dimensional matching shortest solution NP-hard?

We have array of arbitrary number of elements - 3d vectors with positive integers components - for example ...
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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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### Minimum Union-Sum Cost Path

I have a minimum cost path selection problem that is different from the usual shortest path in that each type of cost is accounted only once in the total cost of the path if multiple edges on the path ...
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### Bellman-Ford with Non-edge-decomposable Path Weights

Consider a directed graph $G(V,E)$ with non-negative edge weights. Also, let us define the weight of a path as non-edge-decomposable, that is, the weight of a path cannot be written as the sum of a ...
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### Star seperators to explain computational complexity of algorithms on a class of graphs?

A lot of NP-hard optimization problems on graphs which are perfect become solvable in polynomial time. Unfortunately, the class of graphs that arise in my problem are not perfect. The graphs can be ...
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### Partitioning a square for optimal queries

I have a square plate of size 1x1, full of lots of skittles. I want to eat all of the skittles, but the only way I can get the skittles is through these two oracles: $f(x, y, r)$ tells me how many ...
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### Variability of gradient estimates and convergence rate in stochastic gradient descent/ascent

I am aware that convergence in stochastic gradient problems is very sensitive to the variance of your gradient estimator. One issue I'm running into is that the gradient is a random vector and so ...
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### Minimization of the maximal adjacent integer sums on a circle

Arrange $\{1,2,\cdots,n\}$ on a circle. What are the arrangements that minimize the maximal sum of all adjacent $k$ integers? For specific and low $n$'s it has been pointed out in math.stackexchange....
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### Algorithm for finding smallest set and instanciation for a given constraint system

I have a system of constraints described by a set of clauses of the form $x_1 \neq x_2 \lor \dots \lor x_{i-1} \neq x_i$, for instance: ...
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### Primal/Dual of the Lasserre/ SOS SDP hierarchy

Sum of Squares proofs and the Lasserre hierarchy can both be stated as SDPs. It is often claimed without proof that these SDPs are dual to each other, although I do not see that this is obvious. I was ...
Consider a graph $G = (V, E)$ with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges. Each vertex $v_i$ can take positive value $a_i$ with probability $p_i$ and value $0$ with probability $1-p_i$. The challenge is to ...