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TSP: Approximation Ratio of the Double Tree Heuristic after Diagonals have been Removed

In their article "Double-Tree Approximations for the Metric TSP: Is the Best One Good Enough?", Vladimir Deineko and Alexander Tiskin derive a lower bound for the approximation ratio of the ...
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What is the Essential Reason that allows a PTAS for the EUCLIDEAN TSP?

Questions: Is there some understanding of the reason, why the euclidean TSP allows a PTAS, whereas the metric TSP in general does not and, is the PTAS stable under sufficiently small perturbation ...
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Application of Combinatorics, Logic and computability theory in physical science: Tiling of Wang Tile with proportionality

The original problem of Domino Tiling and Wang Tile has great theoretical interest on computability theory... However, the great emerging problem on application of Wang Tile in material science and ...
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Conjecture of a subset of Wang tile which might be decidable

From the two papers proving the undecidability of Wang tile in 1966 by Berger and in 1971 by RM Robinson, the tiles used in proving undecidability has a general common feature: The left color and ...
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powers in strings

I have a feeling that the following question might have been studied: Suppose I have a finite alphabet $A,$ with $|A| = n,$ and a string $S$ of length $N.$ A string can be said to contain a $k$-th ...
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Is the domination number NP for non-bipartite graphs?

Calculating the domination number is an NP-Hard problem. Does it remain NP-Hard if we restrict it to non-bipartite graphs?
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Seeming contradiction about P vs NP between graphclasses.org and at least two papers about clique in even-hole-free graphs

I believe correctness about clique in even-hole-free graphs of graphclasses.org and the paper Vertex elimination orderings for hereditary graph classes, Pierre Aboulker, Pierre Charbit, Nicolas ...
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Cycles of Permutation Related to Rectangular Matrix Transposition

let the entries of a rectangular matrix $A\in\mathbb{C}^{m\times n}; m,n\in\mathbb{N}$ be stored in row-order in a linear vector $v$, i.e. $A_{i,j}=v_{i*m+j}$ Question: How can the first element ...
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A combinatorial problem concerned with logic circuits

Consider a logic circuit with two-bit gates only. The length of each gate is the number of bit lines that the gate crosses. How hard is to compute the maximum length for a given circuit? Notice that ...
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Making a graph claw-free by adding as few edges as possible

Independent set is polynomial in claw-free graphs, so I am wondering if this can approximate independent set. By adding enough edges to $G$ and gets claw-free $G'$. IS in $G'$ is IS in $G$, so this ...
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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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Examples of ubiquitous objects that are hard to find?

I've been wrestling with a certain research problem for a few years now, and I wonder if it's an instance of a more general problem with other important instances. I'll first describe a general ...
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When is a power of an indeterminate in an ideal with 2 generators?

If I have an ideal ${\frak a} \colon= (f(X,S), g(X,S))$ of height $2$ in ${\Bbb C}[X, S]$, is it easy to know what power of $S$ is contained in $\frak a$? For example, what is the minimal number $m$? ...
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Complexity of finding three perfect matchings with no edge in common in a bridgeless cubic graph

According to a conjecture: Conjecture (Fan & Raspaud, 1994) Every bridgeless cubic graph contains three perfect matchings with no edge in common. Equivalent statement here Main question: ...
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Triangulations of a disk, flip distance and hamiltonian circuit

Let us consider a disk with one labelled point on the boundary and $n$ labelled points in the interior. Let T be a triangulation of the whole disk with vertices on the labelled points such that T ...
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The smallest altitude amongst the triangles formed by points in the unit circle

Let $S$ be a finite set of points inside the unit circle. Consider all possible triangles formed by three distinct points in $S$, and among all such triangles find the smallest altitude. Denote this ...
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maximum weight k-edge problem

Given positive integer $k$ and an undirected graph $(V,E)$, with nonnegative (non-uniform) weights on the nodes. Find $k$ edges whose spanning nodes have the maximum weight. Is this in P or NP? I ...
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A simple language and systematic computations

The following somewhat popular simple computer language was enjoyed on sci.math, sci.math.research, pl.sci.matematyka, and perhaps before and after at several places (I wish I knew it's exact ...
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Finite window transformations--input+output (pure algebra)

This q. presents a complete approach to my previous q.: Indecomposability of image transformations ... Let $\ A\ B\ $ be finite sets of cardinality $\ > 1$.   Let $\ D:=A\times B$,   ...
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NP-hardness of sparsest cut

Consider bipartitioning the vertices of a graph $(V,E)$ into $V = P \cup Q$ to minimize $$\frac{|E(P,Q)|}{|P| |Q|},$$ where $E(P,Q)$ denotes the set of edges in the cut. The usual citation for ...
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Indecomposability of image transformations (pure algebra). Open questions

W-transformations -- definitions We will consider a class called finite window transformations $\ T:C^\mathbb Z\rightarrow C^\mathbb Z\ $ defined a paragraph below; $\ \mathbb Z\ $ is the ring of ...
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How hard is reconstructing a permutation from its differences sequence?

My interest in combinatorially motivated computational problems led me to search for simple problems that turn out to be computationally hard. In this pursuit, I came up with a problem which I hope is ...
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Is the $d$-dimensional Arrangement of Trees still $NP$-hard?

The $d$-dimensional Arrangement Problem for general graphs is known to be $NP$-hard since the special case $d=1$ (OLA) already is (Garey et al, [1976]). For Trees however, the one dimensional case can ...
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Splay trees and Thompson's group $F$

( I apologize for only indicating some easy to find references, but new users are not allowed to link more than five). This is very speculative, but: Question: Is there a reformulation of the Dynamic ...
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Maximal chain of 1s in binary strings

Let $S$ be the set of $2^n$ binary $n$-bit strings. For every $x\in S$, let $f(x)$ is the maximal chain of bits 1 in $x$. So Can we find a good upper bound of $$F(n)=\frac{\sum_{x\in S}f(x)}{2^n}$$ Of ...
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Do sparse DAGs can have large min-cuts?

For a graph $G$, let $e(G)$ denote the number of its edges, and $c_k(G)$ the smallest number of edges that must be removed in order to destroy all paths of length $\geq k+1$. Note that $c_1(G)\geq ...
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Polynomial-time algorithm to compare numbers in Conway chained arrow notation

I am looking for a polynomial-time algorithm which, given a character string containing two numbers in Conway's chained arrow notation for large numbers, indicates whether the first number is less ...
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Non-constructive proofs vs. efficient algorithms

My question concerns what is meant by "nonconstructive", and whether it has ever been defined in terms of computational complexity. The wikipedia article on constructive proof begins, "a constructive ...
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Functions That Can Be Computed Faster Simultaneously Than Expected

The following is an elementary question about circuit complexity. It is different from the kind of thing I have seen discussed, so I would be interested in any work that has been done on this kind of ...
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Provided a list of sets, $L$, computing an array where each entry $q_i \in Q$ is the family of sets in $L$ that have intersection $k$ with $l_i \in L$

I have a set of $(l_1, ..., l_N) \in L$ smaller sets, each with $(r_1, ..., r_M) \in R$ integer elements. I would like create an ordered array of $(q_1, ..., q_N) \in Q$ sets s.t.: (1) Each $q_i \in ...
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Did anybody come across a computational problem which is related to the notion of cartesian product and is at least NP-hard?

Did anybody come across a computational problem which is related to the notion of cartesian product and is at least NP-hard? Equally interesting would be to learn about such problems with a ...
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A natural problem on “cartesian union” of set families (hypergraphs). Does anybody know NP-complete problems related to the notion of cartesian product?

I'm curious whether the problem below is NP-complete. I provide two simple definitions and one example at first. Definition 1. Let $\langle {\cal{S}}_i\rangle\substack{i\in I}$ and $\langle ...
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Algorithm for vector space

I have $n$ vectors $e_1 \in (\mathbb Z/2 \mathbb Z)^m,\dots,e_n \in (\mathbb Z/2 \mathbb Z)^m $ and a vector $ v \in (\mathbb Z/2 \mathbb Z)^m $ I need to find the better algorithm which answers ...
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Complexity of convex polytope volume calculation ? (Volume of Voronoi cell) (Error probability)

Assume I have polytope in R^k given by N (k<< N) linear inequalities (A_i x < b_i). I guess complexity of its volume calculate is higher than linear in "N", am I right ? (Is the complexity ...
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How to get the largest subset of a set of sets of intervals with no overlapping intervals

Given: Set of Set of Intervals. Example {{(1,2), (3,4)}, {(1, 3)}, {(13,14)}} Wanted Result: Largest Subset, in which no Interval overlaps with another from every Set pairwise. Example: Input ...
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Möbius Randomness of the Rudin-Shapiro Sequence

The Rudin-Shapiro sequence (also known as the Golay-Rudin-Shapiro sequence) is defined as follows. Let $a_n = \sum \epsilon_i\epsilon_{i+1}$ where $\epsilon_1,\epsilon_2,\dots$ are the digits in the ...
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k-uniform k-partite hypergraph matching in polynomial time

I have what seems like an elementary question, but google didn't throw up any answers for it. I would appreciate any pointers that MO users may provide. It is well known that for $k\geq 3$ finding ...
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Vertex transitive graphs

Does having vertex transitivity make the problem of calculating independence and chromatic numbers easier?
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counting patterns in a word

Do algorithms exist to find all the patterns in a word? I would like to count all the 3-step increasing sequences (123 i.e. 123, 234 & 345) in some word in the alphabet {1,2,3,4,5} such as ...
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Multiobjective semidefinite programming

Let $C$ be size $n \times n^{2}$. Let $B$ be size $2^{g(n)} \times n^{2}$ where $g(n) > n$. There is only one $\mathcal{1}$ per row of $C$ and remaining entries of $C$ are $\mathcal{0}$. $B$ is ...
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Problem regarding subsets that sum to 0

Let $X=\{x_1,...,x_n\}$ be a multiset of $n$ real numbers, and let $x_1+\dots+x_n = 0$. Is there a way to find the maximum number of unique subsets any $X$ can have given $n$, such that each subset ...
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Algorithmic war

No, not the war on drugs, but the game of War considered in Does War have infinite expected length? As noted in that discussion, the game of war can go on forever, but my question is: can it be ...
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Enumerating all Hamiltonian Cycles in a Bipartite Vertex Transitive Graph

Hi everyone! This is my first post, apologies if I made any mistakes anywhere. Here goes the question: Consider all length 7 binary sequences. Let $X$ be the set of sequences with hamming weight 3 ...
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Compressing Graphs (Kolmogorov complexity of graphs)

What is known about compressing graphs? Here, with "compressing", I mean something like "putting a graph into a zip program"; or with a more technical expression, what is know about the Kolmogorov ...
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Hamiltonian paths in subgraphs of rectangular lattice graphs

Is following decision problem NP-hard / NP-complete: Having vertex-induced subgraph of rectangular lattice graph determine if any Hamiltonian path exists Having vertex-induced subgraph of ...
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Simplices in convex polytopes

This question is a direct generalization of: Counting the (additive) decompositions of a quadratic, symmetric, empty-diagonal and constant-line matrix into permutation matrices Given a convex ...
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Computing Simultaneous Hamming Neighborhood for a Set of Strings

Let $S = \lbrace s_1, s_2 \ldots s_n \rbrace$ be a set of strings each of length $k$ from an alphabet $\Sigma$, $h(s_i, s_j)$ denote the hamming distance between two strings. The simultaneous hamming ...
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Greedy approach to 0-1 Knapsack problem in specific instances

The 0-1 knapsack problem is known to be NP-complete, and the greedy approach by Dantzig (based on choosing on the basis of density or value/weight) can be shown to be suboptimal using counterexamples. ...
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Walsh Fourier Transform of the Möbius function

This question is related to this previous question where I asked about ordinary Fourier coefficients. Special case: is Möbius nearly Orthogonal to Morse ! Harold Calvin Marston Morse (24 March ...
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Covering a set of intervals

EDIT: I posted this question to http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/4358/covering-a-set-of-intervals , which looks like a more appropriate venue for such a question. Hello, I'm trying to ...