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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Track a series of choices with a single number

I want to track a series of scored questions in a single number (the total score). Is that possible? and how? For example, I have 30 questions with either 3 or 2 choices. For any given question, the ...
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Finding same numbers in a matrix

I have a question here and I am trying to find a solution of it. But I want to see some other opinions as well. The problem is the following: There is a matrix NxN which holds integer numbers. ...
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Generate algorithm to solve peg solitaire

I know that with regression it is possible to generate a mathematical function based on experimental data. I was wondering, maybe there is a way to generate something more complex. I have a single ...
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How do I efficiently send notifications for different events to different users based on their preferences?

I'm creating a notification system for particular events. A user can set the criteria that match particular events (ie. New item, changed item, closed item etc) Items have different characteristics ...
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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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Algorithm Analysis: In practice, do coefficients of higher order terms matter?

Consider an^2 + bn + c. I understand that for large n, bn and c become insignificant. I also understand that for large n, the differences between 2n^2 and n^2 are pretty insignificant compared to the ...
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Algorithm for sport tournament bracket tree

I would like to develop a library that: receive n players in input response with the tournaments brackets in output. I would ask you what kind of algorithm I have to use to choose the correct tree ...
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What algorithm-family or problem-space description fits? Industrial process feeding ingredients to process

Our process continuously feeds (normally <= 8) ingredients from a choice of hundreds, using 3 feeders only. So if ingredient count X is > 3, 3 through X are stirred together in a batch process and ...
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In a mutual credit network, how would you program an automatic jubilee?

A little explanation might be needed. I mean mutual credit the way that it's defined here: a type of alternative currency in which the currency used in a transaction can be created at the time of ...
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Most Efficient way to Compute the sum of divisors of N (1 ≤ N ≤ 1 000 000 000)

I want to write a code which computes the sum of divisors of a number N(1 ≤ N ≤ 1 000 000 000), excluding the number itself. However, I need an efficient way to do it. It suppose to print the answer ...
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moving around virtual keyboard

I'm creating virtual keyboard using javascript/html/css. And I can't find a good algorithm for moving from one button to another in different directions (top-bottom, left-right). Lets say I ...
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Is this still a Greedy Algorithm

As a preface I will state this is for a homework assignment. I have already discussed this with the professor and will not be using this design. This purpose of this question is whether or not the ...
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Why Do B+ Trees Have a Minimum Occupancy of 50%?

As far as I can tell, the basic operations (add, delete, search) on a B+ Tree would function the same if minimum occupancy was 1, or 1/3, or any other function on node size. All the sources available ...
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Finding shortest path between nodes with a twist

Note: if you feel that I should include code, please tell me. I am solving a problem of finding shortest path between nodes. I am given the vertices between nodes, however they are one sided (ie you ...
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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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Function guaranteed to never return the same value twice [closed]

This is a question I was asked at a job interview, and I can't figure out the answer they were looking for, so I'm hoping someone here might have some ideas. The goal is to write a function that is ...
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Simulated Annealing Contradiction?

The entire idea of simulated annealing is to avoid getting stuck in local optimums, which is why sometimes, a worse solution is accepted. However, simulated annealing will automatically accept a ...
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Why does this evaluation function work in a connect four game in java

I am exploring how a Minimax algorithm can be used in a connect four game. I was looking through a program and found this evaluation function. private static int[][] evaluationTable = {{3, 4, 5, 7, ...
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Rideshare algorithm to be used for scheduled and adhoc journeys

I need some help writing some pseudo code for a rideshare system for taxi drivers. The idea behind it is that it would combine real-time incoming taxi journeys and pre-bookings in real-time. The ...
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What is the justification for the running time of this loop?

I don't understand why the running time of the following loop is n+2 ? Also why the running time of the statements inside the loop is n+1 ? Double test(int n){ int sum=0; -> 1 time ...
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Mark x% items in stream

There are n items (n is known and > 1,000,000,000). I want to randomly 'mark' x% of n-items in stream. (n and x are known) Items are in stream ,one directional (you can't go back) processed item ...
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Finding the fewest sets which contain all items

I am wondering if there is a known algorithm for solving the following. Data: There is a number of sets containing items. An item can be a member of more than one set. Aim: return the minimum number ...
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Walk Tree vs Zhang and Sasha Algorithms

I need some help understanding how two tree comparing algorithms differ. I am working with Microsoft's XmlDiffPatch (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa302294.aspx) which compares two xmls. The ...
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Which algorithm best fits the following problem [closed]

I'm looking for the right algorithm to solve a specific problem. I hope that there are known algorithms that can be used. The problem definition Given a set of 'options' (~10) A session is defined ...
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Extracting first and last name from a single name field

I'm working with the Twitter API which provides only a single field called name, which includes the full name of a person. The application that we're constructing requires a first name and a last ...
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Handling the process of large-scale lists [closed]

What are the efficient ways to process huge lists (+10 millions), and things to consider while manipulating huge lists. First question, when should I use recursion, and when I shouldn't. In both ...
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An algorithm that spreads similar items across a list

I need an algorithm that distributes same items across a list, so maximizing the distance between occurrences. E.g. I have a list of 15 items: {a,b,c,c,c,d,e,f,f,f,g,h,h,i,j} The algorithm should ...
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How to calculate figure rotation efficiently?

I have a Figure represented through a matrix of bytes (bitmap-like matrix). Example Figure is shown on the Picture 1. The goal is to find the best rotation angle of some given Figure. When Figure ...
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How to find duplicate strings

I allow my user to create profiles, meaning they potentially could create some with duplicate names. This can be problematic so I want to prevent them from doing so. I coded up this first pass ...
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What advantages are there to using Flex/Bison over just writing a compiler straight in a programming language?

I have written an Interpreter / Compiler simply as a programming algorithm using features such as recursive functions and concepts from finite-State machines. To me, these things are ideally suited to ...
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Assembly vs. algorithmic languages (like C, Algol, etc)

Usually, computer science papers describe algorithms in Algol-like pseudolanguage, similar to Pascal or even C/C++. But Donald Knuth uses his own assembly language (MMIX). Are there any good known ...
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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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Does multiple Bloom filters make sense?

In order to decrease the number of false positives, I came up with a couple of possible solutions. Create two different types of Bloom filters; eg. filter1 using 3 different hash algorithms, filter2 ...
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Quickest sorting algorithm for sorting a low number of integers

I am making a program on my spare time that I want to run as quickly as possible. The program is written in C. A large set of the procedures operate on pointers to 7 integers that are sorted by their ...
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how to write example code for this sequence number? [closed]

I want to ask you a question. How is the example code (just an algorithm in any language programming) for this sequence: 1, 2, 3, 1, 4, 2, 5, 3, 4, 5, 1, 6, 2, 7, 3, 6, 4, 7, 5, 6, 7, 1, 8, ... It ...
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Method ordering

This is the type of question that one would probably get in an exam, but now it happens to be in the real word. :-) I would appreciate some advice regarding the datastructure/algorithm that can be ...
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multiple comparison sorting

I have a set of songs where I want to sort them by a particular quality. In order to do this (by crowdsourcing) I will present users with a comparison between two songs. The user will then choose ...
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Order by different Enum property each row

So I have a list of DefaultSearchModal items that have an enum called TypeSearch in every list item. I would like to order the list to have a different enum property each row. So if you have an ...
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How to compute data for charting?

I'm building a charting component that displays data directly from the raw data records. It should be able to filter data (subset) and then perform some rudimentry maths on the data (sum, avg, etc). ...
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Incorporating custom Algorithm in SOLR-LUCENE , before Indexing?

CURRENT FLOW: I am using a custom algorithm(presently in php) to rank the MYSQL records before INDEXING it to SOLR . WHAT I WANT : Is it possible implementing this ALGORITHM(may be in JAVA) inside ...
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Min weight feedback edge set with DFS?

Exercise from The Algorithm Design Manual 6-10. [4] Let G = (V,E) be an undirected graph. A set F ⊆ E of edges is called a feedback-edge set if every cycle of G has at least one edge in F. ...
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How to find minimum weighted vertex cover of a tree, and confused about a solution

Studying for my algorithms test by spamming Algorithm Design Manual exercises, but I'm stuck on this one. I know I have to keep score somehow. Let G = (V,E) be a tree with arbitrary weights ...
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Safe serial numbers generation

I want to generate a 6 digits serial number, ranged from A-Z (only uppercase allow), e.g. serial = "ABCDEF" the problem is, some letters are considered confusing to others letters/numbers, e.g. U ...
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Arduino ADC value and practices to store data to buffer

I'm writing Arduino application which has timer interrupt to acquire ADC value. Main loop has serial transmission procedure to send data from buffer. I'm not sure how to store data in buffer. Best ...
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Developing a “time scheduler” app [duplicate]

I need to develop an application to generate, given a set of preferences and constraints, a time schedule for employees. These tables can really get complex and they might need to take into account ...
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Is it possible to apply Master Theorem for finding the square and cube root

I was asked to calculate the running time of an algorithm which finds the square root and cube root of a given number. Is it possible to apply Master theorem with regards to this? First, I need to ...
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How would you go about compressing a list of integers that are non unique and retain the original order?

Let's start out with an example [1,1,1,5,3,1,1,2,78,2,3,1,1,...,1] As you can tell by the example, 1 is repeated a lot, but there will be outliers (like 78, and really anything that isn't 1). The ...
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A heuristic approach to Clique problem over undirected Graph

I'm trying to get all complete subgraph given a graph G. Needless to say it is an NP-problem complete: Clique_problem. I understand getting the full set is not possible in real time(since it'll take ...
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Process to generate hierarchical structure based on relational data?

I have a csv of employee ids, names, and a reference column with the id of their direct manager, say something like this emp_id, emp_name, mgr_id 1,The Boss,, 2,Manager Joe,1 3,Manager Sally,1 ...
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Algorithm for a UI showing X percentage sliders whose linked values always total 100%

A system I'm building includes a set of UI sliders (the number varies) each with a scale of 0-100. By slider I mean a UI where you grab an element and drag it up and down, like a volume control. They ...