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Intuition behind the Charikar's LP formulation for densest subgraph problem

I understand why the LP gives the optimal solution for the densest subgraph problem. But don't understand the intuition behind the LP in this paper. Just mentioning the LP for maximum density of a ...
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Relation between automorphism group of a linear code and its dual code

Are there any strong connections between automorphism groups of codes that are dual codes of each other? I am looking for statements like one charcterizes other or one gives bounds on other etc. In ...
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Best known bounds on feedback arcset in high-girth directed graphs?

I asked this question over at MathOverflow, but thinking about it a little more I think it is a more natural fit here. Let $G$ be a directed graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges such that every ...
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Combinatorial problems in electronics

This could be a downvoted question but I am asking because I am not able to get usable info via Google. Are there any interesting combinatorial problems in the field of electronics circuits design? I ...
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weights in low density codes

Generally, low density parity codes are decoded using sum product decoder (also known as decoding under belief propagation). Such codes are usually decoded nicely if there are no short length cycles ...
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Sherali-Adams lowerbound instance of Unique Games constructed via CLT

The question comes from the following paper I have been reading: [1] Integrality Gaps for Sherali–Adams Relaxations. SODA'09. Moses Charikar, Konstantin Makarychev, Yury Makarychev. Theorem 6.1 ...
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Complexity of Block Design?

What is known about the complexity of creating Block Designs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_design)? I've found one paper that creates approximately solutions using Metaheuristics that claims ...
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conversion to DAG

Can we reverse directions instead?
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s,t-Graphs representing infinite number of addition chains

I am looking at directed acyclic multi-graphs $G=(V,E)$ with a single source and sink with integer labeled arcs. Each vertex has exactly two inputs except $s$. Each vertex has at least one output ...
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Reducing resource allocation problem to bipartite matching

There are a set of bins, $B$ and a set of resources $R$. Each $b \in B$ is associated with a set function $Z_b(S) : 2^R \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^+$. The resource allocation problem is to find a ...
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Results/concepts that also proved useful outside of their “home areas”

There are some results/concepts in TCS which are used in areas other than the "home area" where they emerged. For example, NP-completeness has complexity theory as its home area, but it is also used ...
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Möbius values of CNF and DNF lattices of a monotone Boolean function

Let $\phi$ be a monotone Boolean function on a set of variables $\langle k \rangle := \{0,\ldots,k\}$ such that $\phi$ depends on all the variables in $\langle k \rangle$ (that is, for every variable $...
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Can any c.e. language with infinite words be decomposed into infinite CFLs with infinite words?

Suppose $L$ is a computably enumerable language, can it be decompose into infinite CFLs with infinite words ? $$L=\bigcup_{L_i\in CFL }^{\infty}L_i$$ Second question: if it is possible that every $L$...
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Directed graph with bounded in-deg can be partitioned in a balanced way

I want to prove that for all $n$, there exists a constant $c(n)$ such that if $G=(V,E)$ is a directed graph with in-degree bounded by $n$, it is possible to partition the set of vertices $V$ into two ...
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Distributing a binary relation into bins such that each element is in a small number of bins

We are given pairs of objects (say, numbers). Each object appears in at most $q$ pairs. Our goal is to distribute the pairs into equal-size bins, such that each object occurs in as few as possible ...
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Interesting real life problem similar to subsetsum /bin packing problem

I have a real life scenario, where I need to solve a construction related problem somewhat similar to bin packing problem.The situation is as follows : I have large number of cable reels/drums (let's ...
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Enumerating all simply typed lambda terms of a given type

How can I enumerate all simply typed lambda terms which have a specified type? More precisely, suppose we have the simply typed lambda calculus augmented with numerals and iteration, as described in ...
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Binary rank of binary matrix

Let $M$ be a binary ($0-1$) matrix of size $n \times m$. We define binary rank of $M$ as the smallest positive integer $r$ for which there exists a product decomposition $M = UV$, where $U$ is $n \...
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Counting distinct set covers

I'm given a universal set $N = \{1, 2, \dots, n\}$, a family of sets $\mathcal{F} = \{ S_1, S_2, \dots, S_m \}$, $S_i \subseteq N$, and I need to count the number of distinct ways to cover the ...
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On number of disjoint sets with small stack depth in a set of permutations

Given k-distinct permutations $\sigma_1,\sigma_2,...,\sigma_k \in S_n$ where $k \leq 2^{\sqrt{n}}$ and $k >1$ (note that k is much smaller than number of possible permutations on [n]), What is ...
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What's a good advanced textbook/resource for studying the complexity of counting and combinatorics?

I'm taking a class in enumerative combinatorics. The professor focusses on the complexity of solving combinatorics problems like partitions etc. I'm using Enumerative Combinatorics but it does not ...
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Partitions on Integer Permutations

Let $S_n$ be the set of all permutations of integers from $1$ to $n$. Let $P_1$ and $P_2$ be two partitions defined on $S_n$ as follows. $P_1$ is the set of all those permutations which have even ...
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Complexity of generating a pseudo-Boolean function

A pseudo-Boolean function is a mapping from $\mathcal{B}^n = \{0, 1\}^n$ to $\mathbb{R}$. Following is a pseudo-Boolean function. $$s_1 s_4 - s_2 s_3 - s_3 s_5 - s_2 s_5 + s_1 + s_4 - s_1 s_3 - ...
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$\Delta = 57, d=2$ Moore Graph

I am looking into the last open question regarding the existence of Moore Graphs of diameter 2. A problem that has been open in combinatorics for more than 55 years. You may recall that Hoffman and ...
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Greedy vs LP Approximation

I wanted to know whether Greedy approximation algorithms can outperform LP relaxation and rounding based algorithms. Specifically, can it beat the integrality gap of a 'reasonable' LP relaxation, (e.g....
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An algorithm for counting to Graham’s Number

I’m trying to come up with an algorithm that performs some action a Graham’s number of times on a machine with a reasonable amount of memory. I thougth of the way to organize counter suitable for ...
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What is the standard name for the function which inflates a string by duplicating each of its characters?

Given a string $s$ over some alphabet, I'd like to use the proper nomenclature/notation for the operation/function $f$ which inflates $s$ by independently duplicating each of its characters. For ...
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Calculating the ground state of an Ising model with $\sigma_i = (0,1)$ spin state assignments (do Barahona & Istrail's NP-hardness results hold?)

In a typical Ising model, one has possible spin assignments of $\sigma_i = \pm 1$. However, one can also imagine a $q = 2$ Potts model generalization with spin assignments $\sigma_i = (0,1)$. Is ...
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Which complexity information of Ising model is more important?

In 1982, Barahona proved that finding the ground state of an Ising model is NP-hard. Later, in 2000, Istrail proved that it is NP-complete. When I look up the citations of these two papers using ...
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Single source multicommodity flow on a path or tree

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$, a set of terminals $T = \{t_1,\ldots, t_n\}$, and a single source $s$, where $s\in V$ and $T \subseteq V\backslash \{s\}$. Each terminal $i$ is associated with a demand $d_i$ ...
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What are some examples where the Catalan numbers show up in algorithms/data structures?

For some variants of RMQ data structures, the number of Cartesian trees (i.e. the Catalan numbers) is a part of the running-time analysis. What are some other examples where the Cataln numbers show up ...
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Social choice theory, preference aggregation data sets

I do computational research on preference aggregation. I am quite interested in Kemeny Optimal Aggregation. However I do not find much useful data for preference aggregation in context of social ...
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A number-theoretic bijection in modular arithmetic

Fix an integer $n$. Considered as a multiplicative group, the sets $A = (\mathbb{Z} / n \mathbb{Z})^*$ and $B = \mathbb{Z} / \phi(n) \mathbb{Z}$ have the same cardinality $\phi(n)$, but it does not ...
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Optimization of class schedule

I am creating a scheduling program that I need to either optimize or prove that what I have is already optimal. I have n groups, all of which need to do some activity a in time slot t. A person can ...
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Minimum amount of colors preventing an equilateral uniformly colored subtriangle

In the Bundeswettberweb Infomatik 2010/2011, there was an interesting problem: For fixed $n$, find a minimal $k$ and a map $\varphi: \{(i,j)|i\leq j \leq n\}\rightarrow \{1,\ldots,k\}$, such that ...
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Binary Search Tree DELETE survey

In helping out @bapi-chatterjee on a BST question , when it came to teasing out the combinatorics of BST_DELETE(i) I ran into a wall where even under the conservative assumption that the parent tree ...
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Bin packing upper bound: total size of items = k, bin size = r

Suppose you have items, whose total size (i.e. sum of sizes) is $k$. The number of items and their individual sizes are unknown integers. We need to pack the items into bins of size $r$. I need to ...
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Combinations over GF($q$)

Assume that we have $p$ finite sets ${m_1},{m_2},...,{m_p}$, with known cardinalities ${M_1},{M_2},...,{M_p}$, where $1 \le {M_i} \leq q$ ($i=1,2,...,p$). Each set contains (distinct) elements, ...
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Probability for an element to appear in at least one set

Say that we have $k$ sets, each with cardinality $N$, where the elements in each set are taken at random from $M \ge N$ possible ones. The elements in each set are known to be distinct. What is the ...
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Difference Sets

Suppose we have a set $$P=\{p_1,p_2,...,p_K\}$$ where $$1\leq p_k\leq N , k=1,...,K \qquad \& \quad p_k \in \mathbb{N} $$ and $p_k$'s are distinct. We calculate the differences as: $$d=p_i-p_j\mod ...
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Binary matrix column subset selection complexity

Given an $m \times n$ matrix ($m$ rows) containing only $0$'s and $1$'s, what is the complexity of finding an $m \times k$ submatrix (of $k$ columns) such that within the chosen submatrix there is no ...
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A non-trivial combinatorial optimization

So I stumble over this problem in which I couldn't find anything similar in the literature. I am not even sure if it is NP-hard or solvable in polynomial time. Any thought or suggestion would be ...
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Locally monotone Boolean function

I am unable to understand the definition of locally monotone Boolean function which is defined in Gotsman and Linial, "Spectral Properties of Threshold Functions", 1994, p. 40: A function $f$ is ...
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PCVRP with prizes reduced over time

Hej guys, I'm working on customizing a Vehicle Routing Problem for a practical case, which is characterized as follows: The set of customers does not change over time, but their respective prizes ...
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Boltzmann sampling software

I'm looking for an implementation of Boltzmann sampling for combinatorial structures. Recent paper in the area for context: http://hal.inria.fr/docs/00/74/77/09/PDF/NonRedundantGeneration-TCS-2010....