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### Biased binary search?

Suppose I have some pre-existing knowledge of where within a sorted array the element I am looking for lies, in the form of a probability distribution $P(i)$ that tells me the probability of the goal ...
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### Search in a sorted matrix

A matrix $M$ is sorted if $M_{i,j}\leq M_{i+1,j}$ and $M_{i,j}\leq M_{i,j+1}$. Consider the following problem. Search in a sorted matrix Given a $n\times m$ sorted matrix $M$, where $n\leq m$....
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### Why is the “general notion of a reduction […] inherent to the notion of self-reducibility”?

While reading "Computational Complexity: A Conceptual Perspective" by Oded Goldreich, I have come across the following passage, which I simply cannot get my head around: Note that the general ...
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### Critical Assignments vs Read-Once Branching Programs - Reference Request

Straight to the point: I'm looking for a reference for the fact that the complexity of a read-once branching program solving the search problem for an unsatisfiable formula $F$ is at least the ...
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### Algorithm in logarithmic time that finds a number with the help of a subarray that is not in the array

The question is as follows. Given: A sorted array A of n integers where A[n − 1] − A[0] ≥ n. Asked: Give an algorithm and the invariant of the algorithm that finds a number between A[0] and A[n - 1] ...
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### Searchable finite field

Let $F$ be a large finite field, where the elements are strings of length $n$. We require, addition, multiplication, and division to be efficient (polynomial in $n$). We say that $F$ is searchable if ...
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### Literature reference for search-BPP

I'm trying to find the first article/paper that the complexity class search-BPP appeared in. Search-BPP, as defined as follows (in [1]): A binary relation $R$ is in search-BPP if there is a ...
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### Does Babai's quasipolynomial time $\mathsf{GI}$ algorithm actually generate the isomorphism?

I have a (hopefully simple, maybe dumb) question on Babai's landmark paper showing that $\mathsf{GI}$ is quasipolynomial. Babai showed how to produce a certificate that two graphs $G_i=(V_i,E_i)$ for ...
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### Find an approximate argmax using only approximate max queries

Consider the following problem. There are $n$ unknown values $v_1, \cdots, v_n \in \mathbb{R}$. The task is to find the index of the largest one using only queries of the following form. A query ...
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### Most efficient algorithm to search an unsorted array with a very precise data structure

(I apologize in advance if this question sounds a bit practical, but I suspect it might have an interesting theoretical aspect.) I have a (large) array of data, not completely sorted, but with which ...
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### The use of crossovers in Genetic Algorithm

My questions concern the use of crossovers in genetic algorithms. The three basic ingredients of genetic algorithms are: selection mutation crossover If we think of genetic algorithm acting on ...
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I have been going through Eddie Farhi's 6-pages long pre-Adiabatic paper, An Analog Analogue of a Digital Quantum Computation. I guess I understand most of the math and physics but I am struggling ...
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### What exactly is a search space? [closed]

I am new to CS so excuse my question if it seems very rudimentary. I just want to make sure I understand the terminology 100% correct as I go along. Is a "search space" the total amount of all the ...
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### Constant time search for rod segment

(I tried to ask at SO but maybe this has more to do with the CS theory.) Suppose I have a rod which I cut to pieces. Given a point on the original rod, is there a way to find out which piece it ...
Consider $(X, \leq)$ a finite poset over $n$ items, and $P$ an unknown monotonic predicate over $X$ (i.e., for any $x$, $y \in X$, if $P(x)$ and $x \leq y$ then $P(y)$). I can evaluate $P$ by ...