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Name of (and solution to) this generalization of linear assignment

I would like to know if the following problem is known and has any efficient solution. Given an $n\times n$ score matrix $S$. Find the best $a$ elements, in terms of their sum of scores, such that no ...
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Would a machine learning algorithm benefit from an “optimization oracle”?

I'm trying to understand the behavior of machine learning algorithms where the loss function is non-convex and the problem of training the ML on a specific data set is computationally hard. Now let'...
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Is it possible to approximate the solution of NP-Hard problems in polynomial time using linear programming? [closed]

Suppose we have a NP-Hard problem such as the k-col, which is meant to determine if a graph may be colored using at most ...
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Are the intermediary sets in maximum cardinality search optimal in some way?

The maximum cardinality search (MCS) algorithm works as follows. Given a weighted graph $G = (V, E)$ where $w(u, v)$ denotes the weight of the edge $\{u, v\}$, we select a start node $a \in V$ and do ...
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Finding the size $k$ subset in a metric space that maximizes the min distance between elements

I have a metric space $(X,d)$ and I'd like to find a subset of size k of far away elements. We can cast this as the following optimization problem $\max_{S \subseteq X, |S| = k} ( \min_{i \not = j, ...
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Optimal point placement on integer lattice

What is known about the following point placement problem? For positive integers $N$, $n<N^2$, and $N\times N$ grid $\mathcal{G}$, compute \begin{eqnarray*} \mu_1(N,n)\triangleq\min_{\mathcal{P}\...
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Tight estimates on the Lovász and Multilinear extensions of a submodular function

I assume here some familiarity with the jargon used in submodular optimization (please let me know if something is unclear). Let $f:2^V \to \mathbb{R}$ be monotone, normalized and submodular. For ...
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Finding shortest calculation of the sum of a subset of a group, given sums for other previously summed subsets

Say $S=\{g\in G\}$ is a set of elements in an abelian group $G$ whose group operation $(+)$ is expensive to compute. Given a subset $T\subset S$, we want to compute the sum of $T$'s elements, $\...
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NP-Hard Knapsack Instances

Consider the classic Knapsack optimization problem (KP): Given $p_1, \dots, p_n, w_1, \dots, w_n, B\in\mathbb N$, compute a solution $I\subseteq \{1,\dots,n\}$, such that $\sum_{i\in I} w_i \leq B$ ...
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Gradient descent step size for strongly convex functions

Suppose we are optimizing a strongly convex function $f(x)$ via gradient descent $x_{t+1} = x_t - \eta_t \nabla f(x_t)$. By strongly convex I mean that $f(x+h) \ge f(x) + \langle \nabla f(x), h \...
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Complexity of multi-objective optimization problems

How can we define and prove the worst-case complexity of multi-objective optimization problems (MOOP)? It is easy to see that, if one of the objectives is an NP-Hard optimization problem, then the ...
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Optimalization of sum $f(x_i, x_j)$ for all $i < j$ pairs through permutation only?

$\DeclareMathOperator*{\argmin}{arg\,min}$Can something be said about the difficulty of minimizing the quantity $$g(x) = \sum_{i=1}^n\sum_{j=i+1}^n f(x_i, x_j)$$ of some string of symbols $x \in \...
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Dividing a complete graph into two cliques with maximal sum of edge weights

Problem: Considering a complete weighted graph $G$ with $n$ vertices, where $n\in2\mathbb Z$ is an even number, remove edges in such a way that you end up with two cliques of graph $G$, each having $\...
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choosing the best subset where the metric is based on pairwise relationship

I want to model the competition between agents. Say there is a set of agents, and at each time step each agent $i \in \{0,1,\cdots, n-1\}$ can select a nonnegative number $x_i$ from a given range $[0,...
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Formalizing and optimizing constraints involving booleans, pairs of booleans, and integer sums

My scenario has various flavors of SAT, constrained quadratic pseudo-Boolean, and integer programming. My attempts to formalize and solve the problem with Z3's ...
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Sum From A List Of Numbers (Algorithm) [closed]

I came upon a problem and have been trying to find a method more efficient then brute force, but I came up with nothing; and I am not even sure how to approach it... You have a list of numbers and a ...
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Run Length eXtreme encoded length

In run length encoding (RLE) the code stream consists of pairs $(c_i,\ell_i)$, which is understood as writing the character $c_i$ repeatedly $\ell_i$ times. Consider the following "improvement" of ...
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Algorithmic gap for greedy algorithm for (metric) uncapacitated facility location

In Jain et. al (2003), at the bottom of page 801, they construct an instance of (metric) uncapacitated facility location for which they claim the greedy (Hochbaum's) algorithm has gap $\Omega(\frac{\...
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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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Embedding a n-tree into a b-dimensional space

Given a (directed) n-tree $T=(N,E,r)$ rooted in $r\in N$, I want to represent each node $n\in N$ at most as a $m$-dimensional vector $v_n\in \mathbb{R}^m$ (From the current Yuri's reply, m cannot be $...
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Minimizing a convex piece-wise linear function of short $(\max, +)$ circuit length

If $a_{ij}$ is an $m \times n$ matrix of real numbers, and $b_j$ are $n$ more real numbers, then $$\max_i \sum_j (a_{ij} x_j + b_j) \qquad (\ast)$$ is a convex piecewise linear function of $(x_1, \...
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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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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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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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Maximum-minimum satisfiability

In MAX-SAT, given a formula, we want to maximize the number of satisfied clauses: given a formula $\phi = c_1 \cap \cdots \cap c_n$, where each $c_i$ is a disjunction, we want to find the largest $k\...
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Minimum relevant variables in linear system - additive approximation

In the problem Minimum Relevant Variables in Linear System (Min-RVLS), the input is a linear system, e.g.: $$ A x = b $$ and the goal is to find a solution $x$ with as few nonzero variables as ...
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Pass ordering for greedy local search algorithms

Apologies in advance for the slightly general question - I'm really looking for pointers to research / good keywords to look for. I have a problem with the following setup: I have a (finite) totally ...
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Back-propagation for computing derivative of certain line integral

Consider a function F (think of neural networks) with two sets of parameters: (1) model parameters $\mathbf{w}$, and (2) input data ${\bf x} \in {\mathbb R}^d$. Fix $i \in [d]$, consider the following ...
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Best approach for allocation problem

I am a bit rusty on optimization algorithms and need an advice. This is my problem: I have n images (with width and ...
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Is this a knapsack problem?

I have a set of $K$ keywords. Each of this keywords can have a set of bids from $1\$,\ldots, N\$$. For each bid for a keyword, it will get a specific amount of clicks and a specific cost. Clicks and ...
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Stochastic gradient methods and risk of neural nets

Under many situations it is currently provable that we can minimize the risk of neural nets using stochastic gradient based algorithms. For example : https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.03804, https://arxiv....
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Minimization version of matrix p-norms?

I considered a minimization version of matrix p-norms, defined for a matrix $A$ by $$ f_p(A)= \min_{x\neq 0} \frac{||Ax||_p}{||x||_p}. $$ Notice that $f_p(A) = 0$ if and only if $A$'s columns are ...
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Problem property name where an optimal solution in a graph can be used as a solution in any subgraph

Suppose one is given a graph optimization problem where the optimal solution $S$ for the problem on graph $G$ can be used as a solution for any subgraph of $G$. In other words, given $S$ is an optimal ...
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Shortest string in the intersection of regular languages

Inspired by https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/53310/shortest-universal-maze-exit-string Each of the 138,172 valid mazes can be represented as a DFA with 9 states (including starting and ...
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Linear optimization over intersection of totally unimodular matrices

I am currently dealing with a problem of the following form \begin{alignat}{2} &\underset{x, y \in \mathbb{R}^n}{{\text{min}}} && e^T x \nonumber\\ &\text{sub to} \hspace{0.05in}&&...
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Optimal set union tree

Suppose we have a ground set of $n$ elements and $m$ sets are defined over them $S_i \subseteq [n]$. Think of the following procedure: At each step take two of the sets, take the union, and add the ...
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Reference request — minimizing a non-increasing submodular function with (upper bound) cardinality constraint

Suppose a set function $f(S)$ is submodular and non-increasing, meaning that for any $S'\subset S$, $f(S') \geq f(S)$. The problem is to minimize $f(S)$ s.t. $|S| \leq k$. I am wondering if there are ...
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Minimum graph cut with constraints

Given an undirected acyclic raph $G = \{V,E\}$, with each edge $e$ having weight $c_e$in the range $[-\infty, +\infty] $, I want to compute a partition of the graph into $N$ disjoint sets $G_i, i=1,......
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Showing hardness of maximizing stochastic objective function over graph

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 ...

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