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Is it decidable whether or not a collection of integer matrices generates a free group?

Suppose we have integer matrices $A_1,\ldots,A_n\in\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb Z)$. Define $\varphi:F_n\to\operatorname{GL}(n,\mathbb Z)$ by $x_i\mapsto A_i$. Is there an algorithm to decide whether ...
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Heaviest Convex Polygon

Suppose we have an arbitrary function $f : \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$. For any subset $s \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$, we can define $g_f(s)$ as the integral* of $f$ over the region $s$. Suppose ...
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Deciding membership in a convex hull

Problem: Given points $u,v_1,\dots,v_n\in\mathbb{R}^m$, decide if $u$ is contained in the convex hull of $v_1,\dots,v_n.$ This can be done efficiently by linear programming (time polynomial in ...
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A generalization of the triangle counting problem for simple weighted graphs

One nice identity is $$tr(A^3)/6$$ which counts the number of triangles of a graph represented with adjacency matrix $A.$ It also implies that triangle counting can be performed in subcubic time. ...
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Heuristic for choosing n-vectors from n-sets

my given problem is: choose n-vectors from n-sets (one vector from each set) so that the biggest element in the sum of the chosen vectors is minimal. Unfortunately the problem is NP-hard. So I'm ...
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Containing a “fuzzy” ellipsoid within an ordinary ellipsoid

Consider the ellipsoid described by the inequality $(x - x_c)^T P^{-1} (x - x_c) \leq 1$, where the vector $x_c \in \mathbb{R}^n$ denotes the center of the ellipsoid and the symmetric positive ...
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Is there an efficient algorithm for sampling from the negative hypergeometric distribution? [closed]

I'm writing a small statistics library currently. One of the algorithms I'm implementing has two variants: one that samples the hypergeometric distribution and one that samples the negative ...
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Faster multiplication with a restricted set of multiplicands?

Let $A$ be a set of $k>1$ distinct elements from a semigroup. We wish to compute the product $$ p=b_1 b_2 \cdots b_n$$ where each $b_i\in A$. Clearly $n-1$ multiplications suffice to compute $p$; ...
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Combinatorial optimization problem involving infinite spin system

In material science research, I am developing an algorithm to solve an infinite combinatorial optimization problem which I believe is the most natural problem when the system size goes to infinity. ...
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enumeration of connected blocks in finite size square

Given a square of size n by m, how many ways could we choose sites, such that all the sites are connected? By "connected" we mean "connected" by adjacent sites. We will illustrate by example, say, we ...
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How Does One Find the “Loneliest Person on the Planet”?

I'm looking for the algorithm that efficiently locates the "Loneliest Person on the Planet", where "loneliest" is defined as: Maximum minimum distance to another person -- that is, the person for ...
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Closest grid square to a point in spherical coordinates

I am programming an algorithm where I have broken up the surface of a sphere into grid points (for simplicity I have the grid lines are parallel and perpendicular to the meridians). Given a point A on ...
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What are the most fundamental classes of mathematical algorithms? [closed]

Mathematical means either useful for Mathematics or based on Mathematics. I guess one has to include the following items: (1) Euclid and LLL (2) Newton and variations based on the existence of ...
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Complexity of an algorithm to solve linear diophantine equations

A friend of mine ask me yesterday a problem, however, the interesting part for me it is not his problem, but what I will ask here. I want to know the optimal complexity of an algorithm (I mean the ...
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Modular polynomials for elliptic curves point counting

The Schoof-Elkies-Atkin (SEA) algorithm (for counting points on elliptic curves over a finite field) performs computations over polynomials modulo some modular polynomials. Originally the "classical" ...
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What's the current state of one-rule semi-Thue system termination problem?

What's the current state of one-rule semi-Thue system termination problem? Search produces a lot of references, but it's hard to find out if decidability of this problem has been proven or not.
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Algorithm to find the “optimal” path in a given graph

Assume that $G=(V,E)$ is an undirected connected graph and that $H: V \to \mathbb R$ is a function that assign at each vertex $v \in V$ its height $H(v)$. Think of the pair $(G,H)$ as an energy ...
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Efficient isomorphic subgraph matching with similarity scores

I'm a computer vision PhD student, and I'm looking for an efficient approximation to the following problem, which could end up helping in image to image matching. Failing that, pointers to relevant ...
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Paper on unit disk graphs

I was wondering if anybody knows of a 'link' to the paper by Marathe 1995 et al on analysis of the greedy algorithm for finding a Max independent set in Unit Disk Graphs?
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Coloring algorithm maximising color difference between neighbors

Consider a graph and a set of ordered colors ${\cal C} = \{1,2,\cdots,C\}$. I want to color each node $i$ with a color $c_i\in{\cal C}$ so as to maximize the minimum color difference between two ...
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Constructing sums of squares identities

Recall that a sum of squares formula for $[r,s,n]$ over a field $F$ is an identity of the form $$ ( x_{1}^{2} + \cdots + x_{r}^{2})( y_{1}^{2} + \cdots + y_{s}^{2}) = ( z_{1}^{2} + \cdots + ...
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Efficient algorithms to determine the roots of: $p(x) = r^x $ in the finite field $GF(q)$, where $r$ a primitive root of the field

I need to make sure that no efficient (i.e., polynomial time) algorithm exists for the following problem: Exponentiating Polynomial Root Problem (EPRP) Let $p(x)$ be a polynomial with $\deg(p) \geq ...
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Square filling self avoiding walk

I want to create an algorithm that fills a square grid with a random Hamiltonian path starting at a particular point. See this example. One approach is to try a free direction as a next step, and ...
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Quickly finding optimal subset of pairs of numerator and denominator terms for special objective functions

Given a multi-set of pairs $((a_i,b_i))_{i \in Y}$ of positive numerator and denominator terms (i.e. each pair has one numerator term and one denominator term), my general problem is to find the ...
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Solution to generalized Sylvester equation

I am interested in solving generalized Sylvester equations (for $X$) of the form: $$ \sum_{j=1}^k A_j X B_j^T = F, $$ where $A_j,B_j,X,F\in\mathbb{C}^{n\times n}$ and $k$, $n$ are integers. I will ...
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Recognizing Simplicial (Quasi)Fibrations

Let's say we are given two finite simplicial complexes, which I will suggestively call $E$ and $B$. We'd like an algorithm for the following decision problem: Does there exist a simplicial map ...
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Is this problem on weighted bipartite graph solvable in polynomial time or it is NP-Complete

I encounter this problem recently and I want to know whether it is NP-Complete or solvable in polynomial time: Given a undirected weighted bipartite graph $G = (V, E)$ where $V$ can be partitioned ...
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An algorithm and symbolic manipulation for IF-THEN-ELSE [closed]

CONCLUSION (so far)  Look at the parentheses theorem and at the comments below the question(s) :-) As for now, only Dan Peterson has truly addressed the issue. Q1   Does there exists an ...
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Calculating the longest Bracelet(s) Common to a Set of Bracelets

I would like to know, if the following problems has been studied before: let $\{B_1, ..., B_n\}$ be a set of Bracelets with the same set $\{\beta_1, ..., \beta_k\}$ of beads, what is the ...
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Are there any patterns in simple continued fraction expansions of algebraic real numbers?

As we know there are patterns in simple continued fraction expansion of quadratic algebraic numbers,are there any patterns in simple continued fraction expansions of other algebraic real ...
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Computing the chromatic polynomial of graph modulo $x-3$

The chromatic polynomial of graph $P(G,x)$ is univariate polynomial which counts the number of colorings of $G$ with $x$ colors for natural $x$. Graph is not $k$ colorable iff $P(G,k)=0$. The ...
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Stable matchings when switches have costs

The Gale-Shapley algorithm finds a stable matching in the complete bipartite graph, for any preference matrix. It's also well-known that stable matchings don't always exist in the complete graph ...
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An efficient method to find the MLE of the combination of two point processes

I have a point process defined in two parts as follows. Consider first the main process which we call $A$ which is homogeneous Poisson process with conditional intensity $$\lambda(t) = \mu$$ For ...
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Can assignment solve stable marriage?

This is an excellent question asked by one of my students. I imagine the answer is "no", but it doesn't strike me as easy. Recall the set up of the stable marriage problem. We have $n$ men and $n$ ...
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Finding the set of all $0-1$ vectors in an affine subspace

We are given a $0-1$ matrix $A$ with constant row and column sum, and we need to find out if there exists a $0-1$ vector in the solution space of $Ax = \mathbf{1}$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ (or $\mathbb{Z}$) ...
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Algorithm to compute a common denominator of a finite set of rational numbers

Let $x_1,\dots,x_n \in \mathbb{Q} \cap (0,1)$ be fixed, but unknown, and assume that we know a number $K \in \mathbb{N}$ such that there is a number $N \in \{1,\dots,K\}$ such that $x_1 N,\dots,x_n N ...
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Linear complementarity problem - Tridiagonal and Convex Case

I need an algorithm for the following LCP: $\mathbf{Mz}+\mathbf{q} \ge \mathbf{0}$ $\mathbf{z} \ge \mathbf{0}$ $\mathbf{z}^{\mathrm{T}}(\mathbf{Mz}+\mathbf{q}) = 0$ Here, $\mathbf{M}$, is a ...
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Algorithm to construct metric space endomorphism with controlled square

Given a finite metric space $(M,d)$ with parameters $K \geq 1$ and $\epsilon > 0$, I'd like to algorithmically check for the existence of a non-identity map $\phi:M \to M$ which happens to be ...
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Algorithms for computing the Resilience of Graphs

The definition of resilience with a graph $G$ w.r.t to a monotone property $\mathcal{P}$ is well known. (Global resilience) Let $\mathcal{P}$ be an increasing monotone property. The global ...
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How to tell if two or more knots are linked

Given a number of knots, I would like to know if they are linked. I know that the linking number can tell if two knots are linked. There is any method that completely solves this problem?
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Bipartite graph [closed]

First of all, thank you for your time to reading my post. I am a researcher but not a mathematician, i have some difficulties in solving a math problem, that why i am here to ask your help. I just ...
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Sampling from maximally skewed stable distribution

I am reading a paper which refers to a maximally skewed stable distribution $F(x;1,-1,\pi/2,0)$ . Is there an efficient way to sample from this distribution? If $X$ has distribution ...
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Fast construction of straight line programs?

Given a group $G$ and a set of generators $A$, we can ask ourselves (and do ask ourselves all the time) to bound the diameter of $G$ with respect to $A$. The diameter, let us recall, is defined to be ...
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Decidability of equality of expressions built using 1,+,-,*,/,^

Consider expressions built using number $1$, arithmetical operators $+, -, *, /$ and exponentiation ^ (in case of multiple values, the principal value is assumed, the same way as it implemented in ...
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Estimate the rank of a vector

Consider {0,1}-vectors $v$ with $n$ elements. For each $i\in[n]$ we are given $p_i = P(v_i = 1)$ and let us assume the $v_i$ are independent. We can therefore associate a probability to each of the ...
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All-pairs shortest paths in trees?

This is a reference request, since I'm sure what follows isn't new, but I can't seem to find it. Suppose that we have a finite tree $T$ with non-negative weights on the edges. Naively, computing the ...
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Minimal rectangular confidence regions

For a given multivariate pdf $f$ (mainly the gaussian one) I'm looking to compute a minimal rectangular confidence region for a given level $\alpha$. For example, I would like to solve problems of the ...
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All Integers from the Smallest Digit Stream with a Window Filter

Let's represent integers with D digits where each digit has B values (i.e., the base is B and we effectively work only with integers between 1 and B^D). Is it possible to choose a single ...
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A question on hyperplanes in partial linear spaces and hypergraphs

A partial linear space (or a linear hypergraph) is a point line geometry $(P,L,I)$ where for every pair of points there is at most one line incident with both of them. A hyperplane in a partial linear ...
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Is finding a single vector in the null space as difficult as discovering the whole null space?

Let $A \in \mathbb R^{k\times n}$ be a matrix of rank $k$, where $k \ll n$. One can use Gaussian eliminations to discover $\operatorname{null}(A)$ at the cost of $O(nk^2)$. My question is: Is the ...