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cannot open singular on a running emacs [on hold]

I am a newbies in Singular. I just downloaded Singular4-0-2_64.dmg, mounted the image, right-ckick, show the package contents, then moved the contents folder to the Applications directory. ...
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Complexity of approximating the size of the range of a matrix

Given an $m$ by $n$ matrix $M$ with $m \leq n$ and elements from $\{-1,1\}$, let us define: $$S_M = |\{Mx : x \in \{-1,1\}^n\}.$$ It is NP-hard to compute $S_M$ exactly I believe by applying the ...
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Function such that f(a,b) = c, but even if I knew c and b I cannot (practically) find a? [closed]

I need a function where f(a,b) = c. But even if you knew b and c you cannot practically discover a. I.e. not Cantor Pairing because in Cantor Pairing both a and b can easily be discovered if just c ...
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Applications of small Kakeya sets over finite fields

It was proved by Dvir that a Kakeya set in $\mathbb{F}_q^n$ has size at least $q^n/n!$, a bound which was later improved to $q^n/2^n$. For $n = 2$ and $q$ odd the exact bound is $q(q+1)/2 + (q-1)/2$ ...
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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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How do i show there is no other $k=9,12,18$ for which this $\sigma^k(114) \equiv 0\bmod 6 $ fails?

This is my question Here in SE I asked it from 6 month ago no enough and convince answer , it's related to the existence of super-perfect number for $k$ times iteration. I have performed some ...
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Between mu- and primitive recursion

It is well known that primitive recursion is not powerful enough to express all functions, Ackermann function being probably the best known example. Now, in the logic courses (that I have had look ...
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What are the implications of the new quasi-polynomial time solution for the Graph Isomorphism problem?

This week, news came out that Laszlo Babai has found a quasi-polynomial time algorithm to solve the Graph Isomorphism problem (that is: $O(\exp(polylog(n)))$). He is giving a series of talks this ...
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How is Ricci flow related to computer graphics?

I recently came across the book Ricci Flow for Shape Analysis and Surface Registration: Theories, Algorithms and Applications by Wei Zeng and Xianfeng David Gu. Because, I just saw the book on the ...
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What is the relationship between Turing Machines and Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem?

In this article, Scott Aaronson talks about using Turing Machines for proving the Rosser Theorem. What is the relationship between the numbering that Gödel used in his proof of incompleteness and ...
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Does the Mandelbrot set have infinite VC dimension?

Define a binary classifier for points in the complex plane, whose parameter $\theta$ is an isometry of $\mathbb{C}$, and which classifies $z \in \mathbb{C}$ based on whether or not $\theta(z)$ is in ...
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Efficient SVD of a matrix without some of the columns

I have a matrix $A \in \mathbb{R}^{p \times q}$ of rank $r$ and its SVD decomposition, i.e, $$ A = U S V^\top, $$ where $U \in \mathbb{R}^{p \times r}$ and $V \in \mathbb{R}^{q \times r}$ are ...
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Time Hierarchy Theorem and P vs NP

One obvious strategy for proving P not equal to NP would be to show that there is some problem in NP which is hard for a time class strictly containing P (the origin of this question is the recent ...
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Monoidal cats and string diagrams for a semantics of object oriented programming languages

It seems to me that in a statically typed, object oriented language, there is a striking similarity to wiring diagrams. Wires (objects) of type $X$ go into functions (boxes) of input type $X$. Is ...
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Nonclassical polynomials, circles, and groups

Tao and Ziegler have introduced a generalization of polynomials over a prime field called nonclassical polynomials, useful for studying the Gowers norm. A nonclassical polynomial of degree $d$ is a ...
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Is it possible to make an algorithm that could predict the likelihood that a program will halt?

Today I began to read about computability theory. I do not even have an elementary understanding of the topic but it certainly got me thinking. I know there is there is no 'one-for-all' algorithm that ...
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Meaning of $\Subset$ notation

The symbol $\Subset$ (occurring in places where $\subseteq$ could occur syntactically) comes up frequently in a paper I'm reading. The paper lives at the intersection of a few areas of math, and I ...
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Is there an easy decision algorithm for the inhabitation problem for simple types?

Consider the basic system of simple types usually known as $TA_\lambda$. One can prove that (as a consequence of the Subject Reduction Property and the fact that any typable term is strongly ...
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Can a stochastic Turing machine output a consistent extension of PA with positive probability?

Suppose that we interpret the output tape of a Turing machine as an assignment of true or false to all sentences of PA, taking the $n$th output bit as the truth value of the sentence with Goedel ...
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Best-case Running-time to solve an NP-Complete problem

What is the fastest algorithm that exists to solve a particular NP-Complete problem? For example, a naive implementation of travelling salesman is $O(n!)$, but with dynamic programming it can be done ...
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What is a maximal set in the context of argumentation in AI [closed]

I am computer scientist, not a mathematician, I've been reading some papers on argumentation in AI that uses the term 'maximal' set without defining it. I think it's left undefined because it's a ...
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What class of probability distributions do probabilistic turing machines induce? [closed]

What class of probability distributions is induced by the class of probabilistic turing machines? Is there a precise characterization?
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Complexity classes for BSS machines

Given a first-order structure $\mathcal{S}$, a Blum-Shub-Smale machine on $\mathcal{S}$ is essentially a Turing machine where Cells on the tape can hold arbitrary elements of $\mathcal{S}$. The ...
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The relationship between P vs NP problem and “Kolmogorov complexity with time”

Let $P$ - polynomial($P(x) \ge x$), $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $l < log(n)$. Problem1: "Is there program with length $\le l$ that print $n$ by using $\le P(log(n))$ time?" Is it Problem1 $\in ...
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Shortest vector problem over polynomials

In shortest vector problem, given a lattice in $\Bbb Z^n$, we seek the shortest non-zero vector in the lattice. This problem is computationally difficult. Is there a polynomial analog of this problem ...
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Extended definition of unambiguous language and the existence of unambiguous grammar

Let's extend the unambiguity of language and grammar as follows: a language $L$ is unambiguous if there is a grammar that generates every word in $L$ in a unique way, the grammar may be of type 0 or ...
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Canonical representation of binary decision trees in Ptime?

I am wondering about the possibility of efficiently (here: in Ptime) representing binary decision trees (BDT) by some other data structure in a way that characterizes their equivalence. More ...
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Equivalence between Diffie Hellman and Discrete Log

For which non-trivial groups, do we know that the Diffie Hellman problem and the Discrete Log are equivalent? Is there any group for which we suspect them to be different? Could there be a finite ...
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Can we cover the unit square by these rectangles?

The following question was a research exercise (i.e. an open problem) in R. Graham, D.E. Knuth, and O. Patashnik, "Concrete Mathematics", 1988, chapter 1. It is easy to show that $$\sum_{1 \leq k } ...
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Open volumetric time series data set

Does anyone know where I can find a good open volumetric time series data set? I had a look at some of Stanford's open data sets (https://graphics.stanford.edu/data/voldata/ ) But these do not seem ...
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“Separated” version of Sauer's lemma on VC classes

Sauer's lemma, a well-known result in computational complexity theory, learning theory, and combinatorics, states the following: Let $\Phi$ be a collection of subsets of a set $U$, and assume that ...
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Status of an open problem about semilinear sets

In his book "The Mathematical Theory of Context-Free Languages" (1966), Ginsburg mentioned the following open problem: Find a decision procedure for determining if an arbitrary semilinear set is ...
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Optimal reduction using token-passing nets

I am looking for implementation of optimal reduction for λ-calculus based on interaction nets (McCarthy's amb allowed) in the spirit of "Token-Passing Nets: Call-by-Need for Free" by François-Régis ...
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Constructive Mathematics and Termination [closed]

In the book "The Universal Turing Machine A Half-Century Survey" there is a paper called "The Confluence of Ideas in 1936" by Robin Gandy. In section 4.2, Gandy writes: "If one accepts, on whatever ...
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floating point representation via the perspective of TTE/computable analysis

Floating point numbers are not compatible with the usual theory of type 2 theory of effectivity (TTE), and not even the real-RAM model; there are functions that are computable in one model but not ...
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Where have you used computer programming in your career as an (applied/pure) mathematician?

For background: I'm working on a book to help mathematicians learn how to program. However, I need to see some examples from people in the field that have done different kinds of things than I have. ...
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Aren't “oracle machines” unsound concepts? [closed]

From Wikipedia (bold emphasis at the end is mine): In complexity theory and computability theory, an oracle machine is an abstract machine used to study decision problems. It can be visualized as ...
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Reference request: Parallel processor theorem of William Thurston

Sometime in the 1980's or 1990's, Bill Thurston proved a theorem regarding the existence of a universal parallel processing machine, using a certain class for such machines having finite deterministic ...
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Are limits decidable? Should definitions be decidable? [closed]

This question is about the Turing computability of the $\epsilon-N$ definition of a limit of an infinite sequence $S$. First, a proposition: There cannot exist a Turing Machine $M$ which, given a ...
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Oracle queries asked in parallel

Definition: Assume that $\phi(q)$ is of the form $\exists y \leq 2^{p(n)} \varphi(q,y)$, where $p$ is a polynomial and $n = |q|$ (i.e. $n$ is the length of the binary representation of $q$). Then a ...
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Possible $\mathsf{NP}$ complete problem from number theory

A candidate $\mathsf{NP}$ complete variant of factoring was posted in http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/4769/an-np-complete-variant-of-factoring, where decision problem ...
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If $f : [-a,a] \rightarrow \mathbb{IR}$ is Scott continuous, why are $f^-$ and $f^+$ measurable?

In "A domain theoretic account of Picard's theorem" (http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~dirk/Publications/icalp2004.pdf), the authors assert the following. Let $\mathbb{IR}$ be the interval domain $\lbrace ...
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Unique Nash equilibrium games

Multicast network design game is a special case of a general network design game (http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/focs04-game.pdf) in which there is a target vertex $t$ and $n$ rational ...
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Finding t vlaue in Bezier curve [closed]

According to this question, I'm looking for some method to find the t value in Quadratic bezier curve equation: $$ B(t)=P_0+t(1-t)P_1+t^2P_2 \space \space where \space 0 ≤ t ≤ 1 $$ In this ...
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Algorithm that generates a n-simplex that cover n-polytope?

Given an $n$-cube with unit volume, is there any algorithm that generates a $n$-simplex that covers the $n$-polytope?
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What technical and/or theoretical challenges are involved in automatically extracting proofs from books and papers into Coq code?

Over the years, advances in machine learning has allowed us to communicate and interact, using the same natural language, more and more semantically with computers, e.g. Google, Siri, Watson, etc. On ...
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Finding a movement taking out of a convex set

There is a convex set $S$ as the hull of M points in an D-dimensional Euclidean space and a point $\vec P$ in the set. Then, there is a set of vectors $\vec W$ taking the form $\vec W=\sum_{i=1}^N ...
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Distribution of trivial subset sums

Suppose I have a set $S$ of $n$ integers picked independently, uniformly at random from $[-L, L].$ Let $z(S)$ be the number of subsets of $S$ which sum to zero. The question is: what is the ...
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Why does the bitxor function appear in Nim?

I am conducting research in Combinatorial Game Theory (CGT). Although I have done a considerable amount of reading, I do not completely understand why the bit-xor function also known as the nim-sum ...
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does the “convolution theorem” apply to weaker algebraic structures?

The Convolution Theorem is often exploited to compute the convolution of two sequences efficiently: take the (discrete) Fourier transform of each sequence, multiply them, and then perform the inverse ...