# Questions tagged [randomized-algorithms]

An algorithm whose behaviour is determined by its input and a generator producing uniformly random numbers.

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### Does randomness help depth?

Suppose we have a $RNC^i$ or $BPNC^i$ algorithm for a problem, is it suspected that the problem has an $NC^i$ algorithm or just an $NC^j$ algorithm for some $j\geq i$? Is there any evidence for ...
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### Consistent Sampling a Random Walk

Assume there's a random walk $S_k = X_1 + \dots + X_k$ where $X_i \in \{1, -1\}$ are uniformly iid. I want Alice and Bob to share a function $S(k) = S_k$. A straightforward approach would be to let ...
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### Random Self-Reducibility of the Discrete Logarithm

Section 10.1.2 of Sanjeev Arora and Boaz Barak's Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach defines random self-reducibility and proves hardness of the discrete logarithm by reducing a worst case ...
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### Examples of Gaussian randomized algorithms

I've been thinking about algorithms of the form where a quantity $c$ can be viewed as the expectation of some estimator (random variable) $X$ and the expectation is taken over some multivariate ...
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### Generalizing Fano's inequality

Fano's inequality says the following: Theorem: Let $X$ be a random variable with range $M$. Let $\hat{X} = g(Y)$ be the predicted value of $X$ given some transmitted value $Y$, where $g$ is a ...
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### Indexed access with deletion

As part of a larger data structure that I am working on, I have the following sub-problem: I start with $n$ slots in an array. Initially all slots are valid. I want to support two operations: ...
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### Universal Relation

In the paper Tight Bounds for Lp Samplers, Finding Duplicates in Streams, and Related Problems, the authors consider the universal relation problem in 2-party communication complexity, which is ...
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### Trying to understand the intuition behind Yao's Minimax Principle

$\newcommand{\A}{\mathcal{A}}\newcommand{\I}{\mathcal{I}}\newcommand{\E}{\mathbb{E}}\newcommand{\C}[2]{C(I_{#1},A_{#2})}$The question that I am wondering in this post is if there is any intuition to ...
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### Evaluating arithmetic circuits with stochastic rounding

Let $x_1, \ldots, x_n \in \mathbb{R}$, and let $y = f(x_i)$ be an arithmetic circuit in the $x_i$'s. That is, $f$ is a circuit of negate, add, subtract, and multiply gates. Let $X_i$ be floating ...
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### Randomized algorithms not based on Schwartz-Zippel

Are there any problems that are known to be in a randomized complexity class (e.g. RNC, ZPP, RP, BPP, or even PP), but not in any lower non-randomized class (e.g. NC, P, NP), and whose membership in ...
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### kmeans++ for arbitrary metric spaces and general potential function

I was reading this popular paper "k-means++: The Advantages of Careful Seeding". It appeared in SODA 2007. Since this technique is the most popular clustering technique, I am hoping that my question ...
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### understanding generalized coupon collector for distributions or learning mixture of distribution

Lets suppose we have a set $S=\{1,\ldots,n\}$ and $P$ is the uniform distribution over two subsets $T_1,T_2\subseteq S$, each of size $m\leq n/100$. Now, suppose somehow is given uniform samples from ...
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### Sampling from a family of hash functions, not uniformly at random?

Many algorithms and data structures assume access to a family of hash functions satisfying some nice property (say, $k$-independence or $k$-universality). In these cases, we usually assume that we ...
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### Uniformly sampling or counting connected graph partitions with any number of blocks

Question: Is it possible to uniformly sample in polynomial time from the set of all connected partitions of a graph? Or is there a JVV type argument that proves this to be NP-hard? To clarify: By a ...
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### Binary search on coin heads probability

Let $f:[0,1] \to [0,1]$ be a smooth, monotonically increasing function. I want to find the smallest $x$ such that $f(x) \ge 1/2$. If I had a way to compute $f(x)$ given $x$, I could simply use ...
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