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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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### 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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### 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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### Suitable algorithm for selecting /matching a set of memory [on hold]

I am looking for a standard algorithm that addresses the following problem. Does any such exist? if not, is there any suitable approach for this problem.
I have a set of N memory locations available. ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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### Shortcut from discrete Fourier transform F{x} to zero-padded F{x:0…0}

Summary:
Given $X$ (the discrete Fourier transform of some unknown vector $x$ of length $N$), is there any shortcut to computing $X'$ (the Fourier transform of $x$ after padding it with $N$ zeros)?
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### Can the Legendre symbol be calculated in polynomial time?

Is there an algorithm which on input "$(a,p)$" (where $0\leq a<p$ are integers) takes time polynomial in $\log p$ and outputs "NOT PRIME" if $p$ is not prime and otherwise outputs the Legendre ...

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### Determine if a graph has a large clique

This question is quite specific and practical. I hope it is still relevant for MO and will not be removed.
I have a collection $\mathcal{C}$ of graphs having from 5000-6000 vertices and edge density ...

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### How to select a subset of points from a universal to minimize the distance from outside to inside?

Here is the detailed problem.
I have a set of N points in K-dimension space, called U, and I want select M points of them, called S. For each point p in U, we define the distance from p to S as
$$ ...

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### A small unavoidable collection of subgraphs

What is the smallest number S(k,n) of unlabeled graphs on k vertices such that every simple graph on n vertices contains at least one of these as an induced subgraph?
I'd like to avoid exhaustive ...

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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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### Galois Connections: algorithmic generation

Given two finite posets $P,Q$, is it known any algorithm to count and/or generate every Galois Connection between $P$ and $Q$ ?
I'm looking for references about this problem.

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### coin reversal puzzle with one hand and two stacks

Suppose that you have N labeled coins pinched in one stack in your fingertips
(your palm is above your fingers and your palm is facing down, so that you can
drop as many coins as needed from the ...

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### Explicit algorithm for composing permutations in factorial notation

Given two permutations p1 and p2 in factorial notation, is there an algorithm which computes their composition directly, i.e. without translating to a different notation (like Cauchy's 2-line ...

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### Combinatorial design for minimization problem over binary strings

Suppose the cost of a binary string $B$ of length $k$ is the number of $1$s that occur before the last $0$. For example, $1110$ has cost 3 while $0111$ has cost 0. Now suppose you can choose $k$ ...

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### improving known bounds for Pierce expansions; cash prize

Here's a problem that I thought of back in 1978 or so, and only a little progress has been made on it since then. I still think about it from time to time, but probably not that many people have ...

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### Changing combination lock [closed]

Suppose you have a combination lock (n digits, m symbols) that is unlocked by one specific n-digit key sequence. However, trying a wrong key changes it according to an fixed but unknown function: new ...

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### Inverting the totient function

For what values of $n$ does the equation $\phi(x) = n$ have at least one solution? Is there any efficient way to check it for a given $n$?
It obviously has no solutions for odd $n$. And the smallest ...

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### The Inverse of the Euler Totient Function

How can we calculate the cardinality of the inverse of Totient function of any positive integer n ?
I tried going through this paper, but I couldn't understand the procedure.
Thanks

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### Generalization of notion of convexity

I am searching for the correct term for the following, if it exists.
A set $X\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ is called $r$-convex if for any two points $x_1, x_2\in X$ such that there exists an arc of radius ...

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### An edge partitioning problem on cubic graphs

Hello everyone,
I already asked this question on the TCS Stack Exchange, but it has not been resolved yet. Maybe readers of this forum will have other ideas or information, although I suspect that ...

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### Lanczos algorithm with thick restart on a dynamic matrix

currently, I'm working on a way to compute the 2 biggest eigenvalues of a real, symmetric, huge and sparse matrix that changes a few entries from time to time. The problem should be solved using an ...

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### A problem related to routing in a graph

I have come across a new problem - I want to know whether this problem is similar to some existing problem or not.
The new problem is this. There is a tourist who has a having the following ...

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### Find minimal set of progressions which intersections, unions or negations covers given set

Given an integer $N$ and a set of integers in $[1; N]$. Find a minimal set of integer arithmetical progressions such as given set can be covered using operations $A \cap B$, $A \cup B$ and $\overline ...

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### Is undirected short-simple-path-through-3-vertices decidable in polynomial time?

Consider the following language:
$L=\{\langle G=(V,E),s,v,t,l\rangle\;|\;s,v,t\in V, l\in \mathbb{N} \wedge $ There exists a simple path from $s$ to $t$, going through $v$ of length $\leq l\}$.
($G$ ...

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### get a point in polygon (maximize the distance from borders)

I have several 2D polygons represented by lists of xy-coordinates of their vertices.
It is needed to get several points inside the polygon so that they lie possibly far from the polygon's borders ...

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### Integers up to n having an even number of trailing zeros in their factorial

It is well-known that the number of trailing zeros in the factorial $k!$ is given by the nice function $$ z(k) := \sum_{i \ge 1} \left\lfloor \frac{k}{5^i} \right\rfloor. $$
Now assume that we want ...

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### Comparing different Euclidean algorithms on a Euclidean domain

I have posted this question at stackexchange (502413), without responses until now.
In the papers by T. Motzkin: The Euclidean Algorithm, Bull. AMS 55, 1949, pp. 1142--1146 and P. Samuel: About ...

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### Minimize the length of two disjoint segments in the string with given property

You are given a string s of size n, consisting of characters A and B only. You have to find minimum sum of size of the two disjoint segments of the string s such that number of A's in them are >= z.
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### Random weighted selection without replacement

I am using the following procedure to select $m$ different numbers $\{i_1,\ldots,i_m\}$ from the set $\Omega = \{1,\ldots,N\}$, with $m,N\in\mathbb{N}$ such that $m< N$.
Selection procedure
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