# Questions tagged [randomized-algorithms]

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

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### When does randomization speed up algorithms and it "shouldn't"?

Adleman's proof that $BPP$ is contained in $P/poly$ shows that if there is a randomized algorithm for a problem that runs in time $t(n)$ on inputs of size $n$, then there also is a deterministic ...
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### Efficient and simple randomized algorithms where determinism is difficult

I often hear that for many problems we know very elegant randomized algorithms, but no, or only more complicated, deterministic solutions. However, I only know a few examples for this. Most ...
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### Which randomized algorithms have exponentially small error probability?

Suppose that a randomized algorithm uses $r$ random bits. The lowest error probability one can expect (falling short of a deterministic algorithm with 0 error) is $2^{-\Omega(r)}$. Which randomized ...
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### Natural theorems proven only "to high probability"?

There are plenty of situations where a randomized "proof" is much easier than a deterministic proof, the canonical example being polynomial identity testing. Question: Are there any natural ...
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### Reusing 5-independent hash functions for linear probing

In hash tables that resolve collisions by linear probing, in order to ensure $O(1)$ expected performance, it is both necessary and sufficient that the hash function be from a 5-independent family. (...
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### Is it enough for linear program constraints to be satisfied in expectation?

In the paper Randomized Primal-Dual analysis of RANKING for Online Bipartite Matching, while proving that the RANKING algorithm is $\left(1 - \frac{1}{e}\right)$-competitive, the authors show that the ...
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### Generating Graphs with Trivial Automorphisms

I'm revising some cryptographic model. To show its inadequacy, I've devised a contrived protocol based on graph isomorphism. It is "commonplace" (yet controversial!) to assume the existence ...
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### Adleman's theorem over infinite semirings?

Adleman has shown in 1978 that $\mathrm{BPP}\subseteq \mathrm{P/poly}$: if a boolean function $f$ of $n$ variables can be computed by a probabilistic boolean circuit of size $M$, then $f$ can be also ...
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### Can we fast generate perfectly uniformly mod 3 or solve NP problem?

To be honest, I don't know that much about how random number are generated (comments are welcome!) but let's assume the following theoretical model: We can get integers uniformly random from $[1,2^n]$ ...
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### What is the proof of this nonstandard version of Azuma's inequality?

In Appendix B of Boosting and Differential Privacy by Dwork et al., the authors state the following result without proof and refer to it as Azuma's inequality: Let $C_1, \dots, C_k$ be real-valued ...
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### What is a very simple pseudodeterministic algorithm (for educational purposes)?

Definition. A randomized algorithm for a search problem is pseudodeterministic if it produces a fixed canonical solution to the search problem with high probability. Question. The notion of a ...
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### List of quantum-inspired algorithms

Advances in quantum computing have led to the development of new classical algorithms. Notable recent examples are quantum-inspired algorithms for linear algebra: A quantum-inspired classical ...
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### Count $k$-hop neighborhood for every vertex

For a node $v$ of a directed unweighted graph $G$, I define the $k$-hop neighborhood of $v$ as the set of vertices that are reachable from $v$ in $k$ hops or fewer (that is following a path with $k$ ...
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### Hitting edges in graphs at random and let them die with honor

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a finite simple 2-connected graph. Let $B\subseteq E$ be a set of bad edges of size $k:=|B|$. For each edge $e\in E$ we toss a fair coin ($p=1/2$) and if the outcome is head, we hit ...
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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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### Randomness and small circuits complexity classes

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a complexity class and $\textrm{BP-}\mathcal{C}$ be the randomized counterpart of $\mathcal{C}$ defined as $\textrm{BPP}$ with respect to $\textrm{P}$. More formally we provide ...
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### Lower bound on estimating $\sum_{k=1}^n a_k$ for non-increasing $(a_k)_k$

I'd like to know (related to this other question) if lower bounds were known for the following testing problem: one is given query access to a sequence of non-negative numbers $a_n \geq \dots\geq a_1$ ...
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### Randomized Polynomial Hierarchy?

I wonder, what would happen, if in the definition of $PH$ (Polynomial Hierarchy, see, e.g., here), the role of $NP$ would be replaced by $RP$? It seems, we could still build a hierarchy, the same ...
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### On preprocessing a convex polyhedron prior to sampling

Most of the algorithms for estimating the volume of a convex polyhedron $K \subset R^d$ assume the existence of an affine transform $T$ with the property that  B \subset TK \tilde{\subset}\ \...
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### What is the fastest known simulation of BPP using Las Vegas algorithms?

$\mathsf{BPP}$ and $\mathsf{ZPP}$ are two of basic probabilistic complexity classes. $\mathsf{BPP}$ is the class of languages decided by probabilistic polynomial-time Turing algorithms where the ...
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### A converse to Fano's inequality ?

Fano's inequality can be stated in many forms, and one particularly useful one is due (with a minor modification) to Oded Regev: Let $X$ be a random variable, and let $Y = g(X)$ where $g(\cdot)$ is ...
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### Can true randomness (provably) be replaced with Kolmogorov randomness for RP?

Have there been any attempts to show that Kolmogorov randomness would be sufficient for RP? Would the probability used in the statement "If the correct answer is YES, then it (the probabilistic Turing ...
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### What is the minimum over all distributions of unit vectors of the variance of the dot product of the vectors?

I am trying to find a distribution over $n$ random vectors, say $x_1,\ldots, x_n$, on the $k$-dimensional unit sphere (where $n > k$) that minimizes $\max_{i\neq j} \mathrm{Var}(x_i^T x_j)$ subject ...
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### What is the advantage of designing deterministic distributed algorithms?

Distributed algorithms that are resilient to failures can either be deterministic or probabilistic. Take for example the consensus problem. Paxos is deterministic in the sense that given the ...
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### Exact formula for the number of spanning trees of a rectangle

This blog talks about generating "twisty little mazes" using a computer an enumerating them. The enumeration can be done using Wilson's algorithm to get the UST, but I don't remember the formula for ...
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### Determine the minimum number of coin-weighings

In the paper On two problems of information theory, Erdõs and Rényi give lower bounds on the minimum number of weighings one must do to determine the number of false coins in a set of $n$ coins. ...
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### How to shuffle colour balls?

I have 400 balls, in which 100 are red, 40 are yellow, 50 are green, 60 are blue, 70 are purple, 80 are black. (balls of the same colour are identical) i need an efficient shuffling algorithm, so ...
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Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a complexity class and $\textrm{BP-}\mathcal{C}$ be the randomized counterpart of $\mathcal{C}$ defined in the same way as $\textrm{BPP}$ is defined with respect to $\textrm{P}$. ...