In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

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faster algorithm for finding all subsets

This is the algorithm (pseudocode) I have right now for finding all subsets for a given set with length k: void allSubsets(set[]) { for (i = 0; i<k; i++) { for (j = i + 1; j<k; j++) ...
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Algorithm for a fast search

I am looking for an algorithm (pseudocode, R code) for my problem here. This looks like a lot to read but is actually very very easy to read, and I am just trying to be verbose. I have a list (say ...
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“Read user input”: Could it be a step of an algorithm?

Based on this definition of algorithm from Wikipedia: In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a self-contained step-by-step set of operations to be performed. Algorithms exist that ...
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worst case comparisons for special case insertion sort [closed]

Consider an Insertion Sort with a Sentinel on n values, where every value occurs exactly twice in the input (so n must be even). So the best case input for comparisons is when the elements are ...
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C# if statements

I am currently working on a C# checkers game for a university project in programming. But i have came to the point where i need to check whether a piece can be moved, or jump, but i feel like i'm ...
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Relation between object orientation and algorithms

As I read some algorithms textbooks, they are full of clever procedures for some problems (sorting, shortest path) or some general methods (recursive algorithms, divide and conquer, dynamic ...
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Finding common prefixes for a set of strings

I am trying to find common prefixes for a sorted set of strings. i.e. if the following strings are given: AB123456 AB123457 ABCDEFGH ABCDEFGX1 ABCDEFGY XXXX then my function should return three ...
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Accuracy proportional to size

I have lists of data I'm trying to organize where the list with the least variation/most precision/closest to the average and most amount of data is most highly rated. Some of the lists are like 2000 ...
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Dispatch Algorithm for logistics - Batch assignments

basically, I'm trying to implement an algorithm that dispatches drivers to deliver batches (a batch is a collection of orders). The algorithm takes all the batches and all the drivers available, then ...
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saving connectivity information in a nodes/edges network

I want to implement the A* algorithm. I have a network with Nodes and Edges, both are classes. Now, I am unsure how to approach the connectivity information. Should a node know which edges depart ...
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What do polynomial algorithms entail?

From here, I know it is that an algorithm that... ...is said to be solvable in polynomial time if the number of steps required to complete the algorithm for a given input is O(n^k) for some ...
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How to convert the following node evaluation procedure to a non recursive solution?

I have the following recursive method. It evaluates a node (that represent a logical expression), using deep first search traversal : EvaluateNode(Node node) { bool result; switch(node.Type) ...
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How can I best study a problem to determine whether recursion can/should be used?

In some cases, I fail to see that a problem could be solved by the divide and conquer method. To give a specific example, when studying the find max sub-array problem, my first approach is to brute ...
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Algorithm for merging multiple rows of data

I need an algorithm to merge multiple rows for data, where one column is the index column and if one or more rows have the same index value merge the column values into a single row, and lastly sort ...
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Looking for a DP algorithm for a specific packing problem

I have the following problem to solve: Given a ferry with length d and a list of n cars conataining their length we must load the cars on the ferry in an order in which they appear in the list on 2 ...
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Making a sequence strictly increasing by joining neighboring numbers using the smallest number of moves

I've got a following problem to solve: You are given a list of positive integers [x_1;x_2;...;x_n]. You are allowed to change 2 integers standing next to each other to one equal to their sum. (So ...
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Test & remove, or always remove

I have a function to show or hide a certain UI control. In my example case below, the framework is jQuery I'm using for an event to show a tool tip that may fire a LOT (based on mouse movements) - but ...
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Resolve dependencies using before-after constraints

What i would like to do is the following. (Not sure if this question should go to StackOverflow, or here) Consider a datastructure like this: interface IAction { IAction[] afterActions() ...
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Finding all Triangular Hulls in a 2D Point Cloud

My question: Given a set of 2D points, enumerate all triples of points such that no other points is inside the triangle formed by those 3 points. I'm looking for something better than this: // The ...
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Efficient method for finding closest point to a line segment from a set of points including line segment's vertices

Let's say I have a list of points (in my case, point objects in a Python implementation). I then have a line segment connecting two of these points. I want to know if there's a way to efficiently ...
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Most efficient way to generate all descendents of all nodes in a tree

I'm looking for the most efficient algorithm to take a tree (stored as either a list of edges; OR as a list of mappings from parent node to a list of child nodes); and produce, for EVERY node, a list ...
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Genetic Algorithm's Tournament Selection limit to be selected

I started working again on a Genetic Algorithm and i'm trying a lot of operators and ways of selection. When I made the Tournament Selection , I noticed that it gets really easy to always get the top ...
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Why is binary search,which needs sorted data, considered better than linear search?

I have always heard that linear search is a naive approach and binary search is better than it in performance due to better asymptotic complexity. But I never understood why is it better than linear ...
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Algorithm to assign edges to smallest possible polygons?

I'm designing a procedural city generator, and the first step of the generation process is the creation of city streets. These streets extend out in a straight line to a point, then they can either ...
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How to remove a middle element from queue?

I had a question, about how to remove an element from middle of the queue , without disturbing the order of other elements. E.g. Queue before operation:- <| a b c d e |< Queue after ...
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Greedy algorithms - minimising “parentheses rotatons” in order to get a valid expression

I'm preparing for an exam on which there will be problems solvable by DP, greedy algorithms. And one of the problem is - given a string containing parentheses in no particular order return a minimum ...
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What algorithm can be used for a more complex version of the bin packing problem?

I'm currently developing a plugin for World of Warcraft in LUA to help optimize a recently introduced part of the game, namely Garrison missions. A Warcraft Garrison (basically a player fortress) has ...
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Best practices for geolocation

We are writing a flight search engine. We want to pre-fill the departure airport for mobile users with the closest one to their location. To do that, our plan is to Find a list of airports with ...
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Find 'Connected Components' in undirected, unweighted graph coded as a 2d array

Given an undirected, unweighted graph coded as a 2d array, how can I find the number of different connected components? Example There is the following 2d array (I'm not putting any brackets to ...
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Efficient algorithm to count number of substrings divisible by 3

Given a string of decimal digits, I have to find the number of all substrings divisible by 3 in the range L to R [both inclusive], where L & R are index[1-based] of the specified string string ...
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Matrices calculations on partial shape matching

I'm working in a shape recognition project where it is supposed for me to develop an application that receives two images: an original one and a sketch made by a user. I am supposed to detect contours ...
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What is the simplest and universal algorithm for parsing C++ code? [closed]

I need to do some project specific automatic checking of source codes written in C++ Limitations: Algorithm and its implementation should be simple, easily maintainable, extendable and ...
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Algorithm which suggests synonyms based on some term?

Is there an algorithm which I can use in order to generate synonyms for some term (word) in respect of a spam. I am writing a simple spam filter. For example, I set that the app must omit a word ...
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Please explain the statement that the function an+b belongs to O(n^2) and Θ(n)?

Let's say I have a linear function f(n)= an+b, what is the best way to prove that this function belongs to O(n2) and Θ(n)? I do not need mathematical rigor here. I need a programmers answer. Some ...
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Algorithm to find the closest summation of elements in a list to a given number [duplicate]

Say I have a list {1,3,7,2,11,8,2} and I want to take x elements from the list and get the value 15.5. Is there an algorithm that would give me x elements in a list that, when added together, get ...
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How to randomly get or find a sub-tree (include root node) from a given tree that contains n leaf-nodes

I have a non-binary tree. I want to randomly find a "sub-trees" that are connected from root to leaf which must have at least n leaf-nodes (leaf-nodes of sub-tree must be leaf-nodes of given tree). ...
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Lower and Upper bound of an algorithm

I am learning about analysis of algorithms. I came across the term "upper bound" and "lower bound" in "worst-case" running time of an algorithm. Are they applicable to only the "worst case" or can ...
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Is it possible to protect client side algorithms 100%? [duplicate]

If you had a pretty novel idea that involved a new algorithm. Like lets say you were the first person to think of orbitz.com or kayak.com (travel sites) and you were able to and wanted to implement ...
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Big O of 2 interesting Algorithmic functions [closed]

This is my homework(I have attempted it, and there are no references for questions like these) Determine whether or not these functions are polynomial run time and determine the constant c for ...
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run time of nested while loop inside for loop

I'm here to clarify my understanding of the run times of these 2 algorithms: Algorithm1(n): For i = 1 to n j = 1 while i+j < n j = j+1 and Algorithm2(n): For i = 1 to n j = ...
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find the minimum number of sets

Let's explain my question with example I have some integer sets for example S1 = {2,3} S2 = {2, 5} S3 = {4, 5} S4 = {4} S5 = {5} And I have sample set Ssample with 4 elements {2, 3, 4, 5}. So ...
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What is the minimum cost graph inside a strongly connected component, which connects every vertex?

So for MST there are 2 possible definitions in an undirected graph. Keep in mind that in an undirected graph the MST algorithm always has n - 1 edges and no cycles. In an undirected graph, it doesn't ...
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Is there an algorithm to determine the amount of work needed to keep workers busy?

I wrote a multi-threaded program that randomly generates strings, and after generating, checks to see if the string contains a certain value. Namely, StringGenerator and StringChecker. What I'm trying ...
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On-the-fly, random partition of a range of numbers [0,N] in groups of max M size

Suppose that you have a range of numbers from 0 to N that you want to randomly separate in groups of max M sequential numbers. This is easily done with a bitmap and a random number generator, but it ...
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Range of values based on key values

I'm trying to implement a method of searching trough a large amount of 2D points for those that match a certain range. I'm thinking of creating HashMaps for <X, Point> and <Y, Point> but ...
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Silverlight-based “area of influence” algorithm

I am in the process of developing a tool for a game called MechWarrior: Online which defines a map of an area of space called the Inner Sphere. Essentially, this map is a set of points (planets) on a ...
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Creating a tree of objects based on the commonness of its properties?

I have an algorithm problem. I'll simplify the issue, because most of what I'm dealing with has nothing to do with the algorithm I need. Basically, I have a list of objects that each have properties. ...
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Design an algorithm with network flow

Given a matrix A with 0 and 1 entries. Neighbours of a[i,j] are a[i-1,j], a[i+1,j], a[i,j-1] and a[i,j+1] (if exists any). Tow neigbour entries are an Improper pair if they have not equal values. if ...
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Hash function with uniqueness guarantees and controllable entropy

Is there a class of hash functions that meets the following specs: Upper and lower bound can be specified Uniqueness is guaranteed as long as the input is between the upper and lower bounds Amount ...
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Algorithm for sweeping a 2d shape along a curve?

I am trying to create a graphics application where the user can use an arbitrary shape as a "brush", which will be swept along the drawing path. The shape may be transformed along the path (rotated, ...