# Questions tagged [optimization]

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

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### Which matrix of Q values is being used here?

This question refers to this paper: Using Free Energies to Represent Q-values in a Multiagent Reinforcement Learning Task In section 2.1, equations (5) and (6), I am wondering which Q values are ...
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### NP-hardness of minimizing sum of complicated objective function

In our research, we faced the following problem optimization problem: Input: a list of $k$ pairs of positive integers $(n_1,d_1), \ldots, (n_k,d_k)$; an integer $m$. Output: $P$, a partition of the ...
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### Approximate matching in table of integer vectors

Disclaimer: This is my first question on cstheory.stackexchange.com so please be forgiving. I have a list of M (M is big, more than 1 million elements) vectors of integers. Each vector can contain 0-...
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### What do you call the join of two optimization problems?

I have two optimization problems, both of whose inputs are from the set $I$ and whose solutions are from the set $S$, one a minimization with objective function $m_{\min}$ and one a maximization with ...
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### Minimum weight matching in general graphs with additional input specifying the number of matched edges

We know of the minimum weight perfect matching problem in general graphs which can be solved using a primal-dual algorithm. Assume, we have an additional constraint specifying the exact number of ...
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### Finding the two shortest paths while minimizing the number of nearby/common edges

The shortest path problem between 2 arbitrary nodes is one that has been covered extensively and the solution is well-known. Consider the edge costs to be arbitrary. Consider the following variant: ...
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### Completing a matrix (over the reals) to be singular

Consider the following problem: you are given a matrix (say, with rational entries) some of whose entries are actually left blank; can these blanks be filled in with real numbers so that the resulting ...
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### What are some of the most ingenious linear programs developed for tackling hard combinatorial problems?

What are some known ingenious linear programs that have been developed for tackling hard combinatorial optimization problems, especially any linear programs which had helped in getting good ...
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### TSP heuristics for limited distance information

this is my first question on Theoretical CS. :) I've posted a similiar question on Mathoverflow and a friendly user advised me to post my question on this site. Problem: I'm looking for TSP ...
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### How good is greedy in average?

Given a family ${\cal F}\subset 2^E$ of (feasible solutions), the maximization problem on ${\cal F}$ is, for every weighting $x:E\to \{0,1,\ldots\}$ of ground elements, to compute the maximum weight ...
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### How to solve such a graph optimization problem?

I have a graph optimization problem which is hard to describe in the title. There is a component based system which consists of components and data transmissions between components(components and ...
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### Is computing the dual optimum of a degenerate LP equivalent in complexity to solving LP?

Given a primal LP and an optimum solution thereof, it is well-known that complementary slackness conditions [1] can be used in non-degenerate cases to produce a dual optimum solution. For instance, ...
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### Complexity: simulated annealing vs. quantum annealing

How do I compare the performance of simulated annealing against the performance of quantum annealing algorithms? In Convergence theorems for quantum annealing by Morita and Nishimori, it has been ...
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### Dynamical systems analysis of deep learning

I am interested in finding out references that apply dynamical systems analysis to develop the "theory" of deep learning, specifically (say) feedforward deep neural nets. The only paper I seem to have ...
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### Second Smallest $s$-$t$-Cut in a Network

Is anything known about the second smallest $s$-$t$-cut in a flow network? Or, more general, about this problem: Input: A network $N$ and a number $k$, all in binary. Output: A $k$th smallest $s$-...
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### Is the complexity of this covering problem known?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. A vertex set $X\subseteq V$ is called critical if $X\neq\emptyset$ and no vertex in $V\setminus X$ is adjacent to exactly one vertex in $X$. The problem is to find a vertex ...
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### Is it a rule that discrete problems are NP-hard and continuous problems are not?

In my computer science education, I increasingly notice that most discrete problems are NP-complete (at least), whereas optimizing continuous problems is almost always easily achievable, usually ...
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### Numerical precision in sum-of-squares method?

I have been reading a bit about the sum-of-squares method (SOS) from the survey of Barak & Steurer and the lecture notes of Barak. In both cases they sweep issues of numerical accuracy under the ...
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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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### Steiner Tree and minimum spanning tree

If I must connect: $$2^k$$ terminals in a Steiner Tree choosen randomly and connect them with the cheapest component; "loss - contracting algorithm" is a good way? Or is an "Iterative Randomized ...
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### minimal finite automata given in-words and out-words

this seems an interesting FSM optimization problem; have not seen it studied, wondering if it has been and/ or looking for other insight. given: two finite sets of words $S_{in}$ and $S_{out}$. ...
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### Approximation Algorithm for TSP-like problem

Suppose we are given a graph with distances for each of the edges and merit for each of the nodes. What are the best (approximation) algorithms for computing the the most meritorious simple path with ...
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The famous FTPL algorithm [1] is analyzing linear cost function. Is there any generalized proof for nonlinear functions known? Note that in the last paragraph of [1] it says "It would be great to ...
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Is there a direct conversion between gradient descent ([1], Alg 1 ) and any of the following algorithms? 1) Weighted Majority: http://onlineprediction.net/?n=Main.WeightedMajorityAlgorithm 2) ...
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### Finding the paths through a graph that reuse as many of the nodes as possible

I'm implementing an encryption algorithm which does a bunch xor operations to mix up the columns. Because I want to find the lower bound of the number of ...
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### Minimal cumulative set sum

Consider this problem: Given a list of finite sets, find an ordering $s_1, s_2, s_3, \ldots$ that minimizes $|s_1| + |s_1 \cup s_2| + |s_1 \cup s_2 \cup s_3| + \ldots$. Are there known algorithms ...
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### What is the state of the art in cache algorithm theory?

I recently became interested in the general problem of optimizing memory usage in a situation where there is more than one kind of memory available, and there is a trade-off between the capacity of a ...
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### Approximation algorithms for min vector subset-sum over GF(2)

In this question vzn asked about the following problem, which I'll call Vector-Subset-Sum. Given a set of vectors $v_i$ over GF(2) and a target vector $y$, is there a subset of the $v_i$ summing to ...
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### Finding optimal subset for quadratic function

Given a set of $n$ elements $e_1,...e_n$ where each element $i$ is associated with two positive integers $\alpha_i$ and $\beta_i$. Given another integer $\lambda$, the goal is to find a set $S$ of ...
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### What is this variant of set cover problem known as?

Input is a universe $U$ and a family of subsets of $U$, say, ${\cal F} \subseteq 2^U$. We assume that the subsets in ${\cal F}$ can cover $U$, i.e., $\bigcup_{E\in {\cal F}}E=U$. An incremental ...
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### lower bound for difference between max cut and min cut

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph on $n$ vertices with edge weights $w=(w_e)_{e\in E}$. Let $M^+$ and $M^-$ be the maximum and the minimum cut values, i.e. M^+=\max\limits_{(U_1,U_2)}\left\{\sum_{e=\{u,v\}\...
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### Dynamic Programming with two optimization goals

I am working on the problem of distributed database query planning. Existing work [1] uses dynamic programming to search the potential query plan space and find the one with minimal cost. However, I ...
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### exact cover set problem

i am searching an heuristic algorithm for a weighted exact cover problem shown here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exact_cover On my research i only found algorithm which calculates all solutions ...
I have a set of $n$ agents and a set of $n$ tasks, and I need to assign each agent to exactly one task such that a cost is minimised. Some agents are incompatible with some tasks. I have an ...