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### Groups where word problem is solvable, but not quickly?

Are there finitely generated groups whose word problem is solvable, but not quickly? It would be great to have specific examples, but existence results would also be helpful.
All of the groups that ...

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### Diameter of the modified bubble-sort graph

The modified bubble-sort graph is the Cayley graph $Cay(S_n,S)$ of $S_n$ generated by $n$ cyclically adjacent transpositions. Thus $S = \{ (1,2),(2,3),\ldots,(n,1)\}$. I was wondering whether the ...

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### Best measure for curve similarity

I would like to measure similarity between two curves represented by two arrays of points.
The similarity measure should not depend on the size of these shapes. Two similar shapes but have different ...

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### Deceptive linear algebra problem

Does anyone recognize this problem? There are $2p$ equations and $2p$ unknowns, and it feels like a classic, but I've never encountered it before:
Given $d_1, d_2, \ldots d_p$, find $a_1, a_2, \ldots ...

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### Partitioning graph for Graph Isomorphism [closed]

Motivation: I am studying the graph isomorphism problem. I am trying to construct a partitioning method to reduce search cases .
Construction:
$G$ is an $r$ regular graph, $k$ connected (not a ...

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### Maximal opening angle of a polygon from a point [closed]

I'm looking for an algorithm that given a 2D convex polygon and point outside it, returns the two points of the polygon which are the two extremities of the polygon when viewed from that point.
One ...

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### Equality of Euclidean numbers / constructible numbers

Euclidean numbers are those real number that can be constructed from the natural numbers by a finite chain of +,-,*,/ and $\sqrt{}$. They are also called Constructible Numbers.
I am now interested in ...

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### Resource Constrained Routing with Refueling

What are good algorithms (resp. models) for calculating optimal or near optimal routes while taking into account fuel consumption, options for refueling and, limited tank capacity?
Especially modeling ...

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### Does knowing $g, g^r, g^{r^2}, g^{r^3}, \dotsc$ sometimes offer a significant advantage in finding $r$?

Is there a cyclic group $\mathcal G$ with generator $g$ for which the discrete log problem is assumed to be hard, but knowing $g, g^r, g^{r^2}, g^{r^3}, \dotsc$ for random $r$ makes finding $r$ easy?
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### Algorithms for calculating R(5,5) and R(6,6)

Calculating the Ramsey numbers R(5,5) and R(6,6) is a notoriously difficult problem. Indeed Erdős once said:
Suppose aliens invade the earth and threaten to obliterate it in a year's time unless ...

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### Travelling Salesman Problem: Can the nearest neighbor algorithm be $n$ times longer than the optimal solution?

This is inspired by a recent question.
Given a positive integer $n\in\mathbb{N}$, is there a setting of finitely many points and a designated "starting point" $s$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$ such that the ...

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### Generate all non-isomorphic partitions $\pi = \{ \{1, …, n-1\}, \{n\} \}$ for all graphs of order $n$

Let $G$ be any connected, undirected, and unweighted graph of order $n$.
Let $\pi = \{ \{ 1, ..., n-1 \}, \{ n \} \}$ be partitioning of $G$ such that always $n-1$ vertices are in the first cluster ...

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### Digraph weak connectivity in $O(V)$ space and $O(V+E)$ time

A digraph is called weakly connected if its underlying undirected graph is connected.
You are given a digraph $G$ with $V$ vertices and $E$ edges as a read-only data structure consisting of lists of ...

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### Finding the “minimum norm” of points in projective space above a prime field

I am working on doing explicit computations finding class groups of quaternions over $\mathbb{Q}$, and the following question (with $n=3$) was a clear choking point:
Given a point $P = [x_0, \dots, ...

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### From a (not positive definite) Gram matrix to a (Kac-Moody) Cartan matrix

Suppose I am given a symmetric matrix $G_{ij}$ with $G_{ii} = 2$. Can I always find an invertible integer matrix $S$ such that $(S^T G S)_{ii}=2$ and $(S^T G S)_{ij} \leq 0$ for $i \neq j$? Is there a ...

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### Without the use of a calculator, how to calculate the logarithm of 2 and 3 in base 10 [closed]

Without the use of calculator how to calculate $\log_{10} ~2$, $\log_{10} ~3$?

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### Using Jacobi fields to approximate parallel transport along geodesic:is the following limit true?

I apologize if this is not a research level question (already tried asking http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1303288/relation-between-parallel-transport-and-jacobi-field-iion stack exchange with ...

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### Computing a transversal of a subgroup $H$ of $G$ in expected $O(|G : H|^2 \log |G : H| + |H|)$ time

I have the book "Handbook of Computational Group Theory", by Derek Holt, and in it is a section on finding the transversal of a subgroup. Recall a transversal of a subgroup $H$ of $G$ is a single ...

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### Finding a “special” non singular submatrix

Given a square integer matrix $A \in M_n(Z)$ and two subsets $I, J \subset \{ 1, \ldots, n\}$, we define $A_{I,J}$ as the sub-matrix of $A$ containing the rows (resp. columns) whose index is in $I$ ...

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### Isomorphism problem on the class of induced subgraphs of a hypercube

A problem that I am currently studying translates to the problem of deciding whether two induced subgraphs of the hypercube $Q_k$ are isomorphic.
Now it feels to me that this class of graphs is "too ...

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### Is there a reasoned derivation of the coherence conditions for symmetric rig categories?

I know what the coherence conditions are, I can look them up in
M. Laplaza, Coherence for distributivity, Lecture Notes in Mathematics 281, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1972, pp. 29-72.
In theory, ...

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### Positive rational numbers as sum of unit fractions [duplicate]

Let $U = \{\frac{1}{n}: n\in\mathbb{N}, n>0\}$ be the set of unit fractions. For integers $m,n>0$ there is always a finite subset $S\subseteq U$ such that $\frac{m}{n} = \sum_{u\in S} u$, see ...

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### Complete list of exceptions and efficient algorithm for Waring's problem

2 weeks ago, Samir Siksek http://arxiv.org/abs/1505.00647 proved more than 150-years-old conjecture that every positive integer other than 15, 22, 23, 50, 114, 167, 175, 186, 212, 231, 238, 239, 303, ...

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### A basic minimization problem over finite fields

Let $p$ be a prime, and suppose we are given $n$ values mod $p$: $a_1,...,a_n\in Z_p$. Is there a fast algorithm for finding $\alpha\in Z_p$ which minimizes the value $\max_i (\alpha\cdot a_i$ mod ...

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### How many random matrices does it take to generate a matrix algebra?

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a finite field.
Let $A\le \mbox{Mat}_n(\mathbb{F})$ be a matrix algebra.
Is there a good bound on the number $k$ of random elements $a_1,\dots,a_k\in A$
that one needs to take ...

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### Breaking a rectangle into smaller rectangles with small diagonals

Say I am given a rectangle with dimensions $a \times b$ and an integer $n$. I'd like to break this rectangle into $n$ smaller rectangles $R_i$, and I'd like to make the maximum diagonal of any of ...

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### Paper of Denis Simon on quadratic equations in dimensions 4, 5?

In several places I have come across references to a 2005-6 preprint of Denis Simon entitled
Quadratic equations in dimensions 4, 5, and more
This paper gives fast algorithms to find isotropic ...

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### Constructing the oracle for Grover's algorithm

For a final project in my class, I decided to try to simulate a quantum computer and implement Grover's algorithm. I followed this excellently written blog post by Craig Gidney, and was successful in ...

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### Computing minimal polynomials using LLL

I would like to use the Lenstra–Lenstra–Lovász lattice basis reduction algorithm (LLL algorithm) to compute the minimal polynomial of a (real) algebraic number $\alpha$ from a decimal approximation ...

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### What is the complexity of intersecting two matrix algebras over a finite field?

The following question arose in a joint project with Arkadius Kalka and Adi Ben-Zvi.
Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a finite field, and $M_n(\mathbb{F})$ be the $n\times n$ matrices over $\mathbb{F}$.
For a ...

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### Computionally efficient vertex enumeration for (convex) polytopes

Let $P \subseteq \mathbb{R}^d$ be an $\mathcal{H}$-polytope. The vertex enumeration problem asks for the set of vertices $V$ of $P$. Theoretically, the vertex enumeration problem for $P$ can be ...

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### Can Shor's Algorithm be modified to run efficiently on a classical computer?

Shor's algorithm is an algorithm which factors integers in polynomial time on a quantum computer. If one tries to run it on a classical computer, one runs into the problem that the state vector that ...

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### Minimum number of real multiplications to multiply two quaternions [closed]

Karatsuba multiplication of two complex numbers can be performed with just three real multiplications (instead of four) as follows:
$$(a+bi)(c+di) = (ac-bd) + i ((a+b)(c+d) - ac-bd)$$
We only need the ...

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### Ordered lattice point enumeration

I initially asked this question over at StackOverflow as it has algorithmic flavor to it, but I haven't been getting much traction so I thought I would probe the mathematics community.
Setup: Let ...

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### What is known about the complexity of this covering problem?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. A vertex set $X\subseteq V$ is called critical if $X\neq\emptyset$ and no vertex in $V\setminus X$ is adjacent to exactly one vertex in $X$. The problem is to find a vertex ...

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### Is there a closed form for tan(q*pi) with q rational? [closed]

I'm looking for a closed-form expression for tan (q*pi) for q rational, or an algorithm that generates one, or some other means of compactly describing the closed-form without referencing an infinite ...

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### Algorithm for fast factorization of polynomial over $\mathbb Z$ or over $\mathbb F_p$

I want to fast decompose polynomial over ring of integers (original polynomial has integer coefficients and all of factors have integer coefficients) and also over ring of integers modulo prime ...

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### Smallest sum $S \geq k > 0$ using one element from each of several sets of nonnegative integers

Does there exist a way to efficiently solve the following problem?
Given some constant $k$ and several sets of non-negative integers:
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### What is the Complexity Class of the “Function Variant” of the Integer Factorization Problem?

I've been reading up a lot Prime Factorization and it's complexity, including a fair number of questions on this very site. However, I still feel there is a question still left unanswered.
So, ...

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### Complexity of optimizing a bi-objective function with integer constraints

I have two different objective functions, each of which can be solved optimally in polynomial time. Does this mean, I can optimize a linear combination of these objective functions in polynomial time ...

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### Computing Voronoi poles in $\mathbb{R}^d$ (the farthest points within each cell)

Say I have a Voronoi diagram of some points $p_1,\dots,p_n\in\mathbb{R}^d$, which tesselates $\mathbb{R}^d$ into cells $V_1,\dots,V_n$. Within each cell $V_i$, the pole is defined as the vertex of ...

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### Curves similarity metric [closed]

I am working on an optical character recognition algorithm that takes vector data (i.e. polylines) as input rather than raster picture. E.g., we have N polyline samples, and when certain polyline is ...

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### Computer software for periods

Kontsevich and Zagier define a period as an integral of a rational function (over $\mathbb{Q}$) defined on a $\mathbb{Q}$-semialgebraic set. They conjecture that if two periods are equal, then the ...

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### Hamiltonian Path through $n$-bit strings with maximum number of $0\mapsto 1$ transitions

Let $G_n$ be the complete graph whose vertices are the $2^n$ $n$-bit strings. Let $H_n$ denote the Hamiltonian path through $G_n$ that uses the maximum number of edges that correspond to a single bit ...

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### Select n vectors from k vectors (in 3D) such that each component of the resultant vector >= each component of a given vector M

this was left unanswered for 1 week on MStackExchange, so I thought MOverflow would be more appropriate. Thanks :)
Let $R = (R_x, R_y, R_z)$ be the resultant vector of the n vectors and $M = (M_x, ...

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### Can we give efficiently the solution of a bilinear system of equations over a finite field?

Consider a finite field $F$ and suppose we have a system of equations
$$h_1(\alpha,\beta)=0,h_2(\alpha,\beta)=0,...,h_t(\alpha,\beta)=0$$
where $\alpha=(\alpha_1,...,\alpha_s)$ and ...

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### Expected value of a function over random sets

I am doing an analysis on the complexity of some set-related algorithm where the input is a random set. One of my setbacks can be formulated as follows:
Pick $k$ distinct numbers out of numbers ...

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### Are there any interesting open questions having to do with submodularity, specially in the intersection of theoretical machine learning? [closed]

I was interested in knowing about open research topics related with sub modularity, specially within its intersection with theoretical machine learning (and related topics).
It seems to me that much ...

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### Is there any algorithm can find local minima of nonconvex objective function in guaranteed polynomial time?

More precisely, The setting could be formulated as,
$min. F_{\lambda}(p)$ over permutation matrices $P$
Here $F_{\lambda}(p)$=$\lambda *F_{0}(p)+(1-\lambda)F_{1}(p)$
where both $F_{0}(p)$ and ...

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### Is it decidable whether a finite type scheme is proper?

Let $k$ be a field and let $X$ be a finite type scheme over $k$, explicitly given by finitely many affine patches which are $\mathrm{Spec}$ of finitely generated $k$-algebras, glued along other affine ...