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How can the following language be determined in polynomial time

I'd love your help with understanding why the following is decidable and can be determinate in polynomial time ($L \in P$). $L=\{(\langle M \rangle,w)|M$ is a Turing machine with Q states and one ...
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Determining computational complexity of stochastic processes

I have an program which implements a Markov chain Monte Carlo process on a system of N bits, stopping when the process converges. Let's use T to denote the average number of steps made by the Markov ...
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Induction to prove $2n + 3 < 2^n$

I am having trouble and was wondering if someone could go over the steps slowly to show that: $$2n + 3 < 2^n \ \text{for} \ n \geq 4$$ Any help would be amazing!
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How would I find a minimum weight spanning tree for W?

If I were to let $W$ be the weighted graph formed by taking a complete graph $K_5$ on five vertices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 with the weight of each edge $\{x,y\}$ given by $(\{x,y\}) = x + y$, how would I find ...
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Comp Sci Math; Hamming Distance

I've been tasked with this question but I have no idea how to answer it. What is the maximum possible hamming distance between two points from level i in a n-cube?
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Algorithms for solving the discrete logarithm $a^x \equiv b\pmod{n}$ when $\gcd(a,n) \neq 1$

The general discrete logarithm problem is to find $x$ given $a, b$ and $n$ such that $$a^x \equiv b\pmod{n}.$$ Normally one can use the "baby-steps giant-steps" algorithm to solve it fairly quickly. ...
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Find the Theta class for the recursion $T(n) = T(3n/4) + T(n/6) + 5n$

$\displaystyle T(n) = T\left(3n\over4\right) + T\left(n\over6\right) + 5n$ is not in the proper form for the Master theorem so I can't really apply it. The only idea I had was changing the $\...
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Why do we believe the Church-Turing Thesis?

The Church-Turing Thesis, which says that the Turing Machine model is at least as powerful as any computer that can be built in practice, seems to be pretty unquestioningly accepted in my exposure to ...
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Number of ways to partition a rectangle into n sub-rectangles

How many ways can a rectangle be partitioned by either vertical or horizontal lines into n sub-rectangles? At first I thought it would be: ...
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Density of halting Turing machines

If we enumerate all Turing machines, $T_1$, $T_2$, $T_3,\ldots,T_n,\ldots$, What is $$\lim_{m\to\infty}\frac{\#\{k\mid k\lt m \text{ and }T_k\text{ halts}\}}{m}\quad?$$ Or does this depend on how we ...
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Do dynamic programming and greedy algorithms solve the same type of problems?

I wonder if dynamic programming and greedy algorithms solve the same type of problems, either accurately or approximately? Specifically, As far as I know, the type of problems that dynamic ...
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What is the best way to self-study GAP?

Background: This year I'll do another Group Theory course ( Open University M336 ). In the past I have used Mathematica's AbstractAlgebra package but (although visually appealing ) this is no longer ...
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Learning Proofs (for Computer Science)

Harvard's math curriculum, for freshmen, is divided into 4 classes beyond the BC Calculus level, Math 21, 23, 25 and 55. Math 21 is your classic plug-and-chug multivariable calculus and linear algebra ...
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Is the set of all valid C++ programs countably infinite?

I have heard that the set of valid programs in a certain programming language is countably infinite. For instance, the set of all valid C++ programs is countably infinite. I don't understand why ...
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Why is convexity more important than quasi-convexity in optimization?

In the mathematical optimization literature it is common to distinguish problems according to whether or not they are convex. The reason seems to be that convex problems are guaranteed to have ...
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Twenty questions against a liar

Here's one that popped into my mind when I was thinking about binary search. I'm thinking of an integer between 1 and n. You have to guess my number. You win as soon as you guess the correct number. ...
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Applications of Geometry to Computer Science

How is differential geometry (or any type of theoretical math) being used in computer science? Any research I have done on this topic leads me to some sort of applied math concept. I know that there ...
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Importance of Constructible functions

A function $f$ is called fully time-constructible if there exists a Turing machine $M$ which, given a string $1^n$ consisting of $n$ ones, stops after exactly $f(n)$ steps. Analogously, we can call a ...
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The Practical Implication of P vs NP Problem

Although whether $$ P = NP $$ is important from theoretical computer science point of view, but I fail to see any practical implication of it. Suppose that we can prove all questions that can be ...
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Concrete FFT polynomial multiplication example

I have read a number of explanations of the steps involved in multiplying two polynomials using fast fourier transform and am not quite getting it in practice. I was wondering if I could get some help ...
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Degeneracy in Linear Programming

Consider the standard form polyhedron, and assume that the rows of the matrix A are linearly independent. $$ \left \{ x | Ax = b, x \geq 0 \right \} $$ (a) Suppose that two different bases lead to ...
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Where can I learn more about the “else” operation / “else monoid”?

(The set of natural numbers $\mathbb{N}$ starts at $0$ for me.) Let $X$ denote a set, and define $X_\bot = X \uplus \{\bot\}.$ Let $\mathbf{else}$ denote the binary operation on $X_\bot$ defined as ...
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What is necessary to exchange messages between aliens? [closed]

Lets assume that two extreme intelligent species in the universe can exchange morse code messages for the first time. A can send messages to B and B to A, both have unlimited time, but they can not ...
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How can I learn about proofs for computer science?

I study computer science at a university. My school offers several courses where various proofs are expected, but there is no course that introduces the fundamental concepts of proofs and how to write ...
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Why does a complete binary tree of $n$ leaves have $2n-1$ nodes?

A complete binary tree is defined as a tree where each node has either $2$ or $0$ children. A variety of sources have described the relation between nodes and leaves to be $2n-1$ where $n$ is the ...
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FRACTRAN for natural numbers

Is there a simple analogue of FRACTRAN that maps a natural number to a natural number, instead of mapping a list of fractions to a natural number? One could use Gödel encoding to translate FRACTRAN ...
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Deciding equivalence of regular languages

Given two regular expressions $R$ and $S$ on an alphabet $\Sigma$ it is possible to decide their equivalence as follows: build two finite automata $M_R$ and $M_S$ such that $L(R) = L(M_R)$ and $L(S) ...
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Computability and continuous real functions

I have found somewhere the following statement: "Every computable real function has to be continuous," but I'm not able to prove it and the "proofs" that I found in some blog posts don't seem ...
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Is $L_1$ context free language?

Let $L = L_1 \cap L_2 $, where $L_1$ and $L_2$ are languages as defined below: $L_1= \left \{ a^m b^mca^nb^m \mid m,n \geq 0 \right \}$ $L_2=\left \{ a^i b^j c^k \mid i,j,k \geq 0 \right \}$ Then L ...
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fast algorithm for solving system of linear equations

I have a system of linear equations, $Ax=b$, with $N$ equations and $N$ unknowns ($N$ large) If I am interested in the solution for only one of the unknowns, what are the best approaches? for ...
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What makes a context free grammar ambiguous?

What makes a context free grammar ambiguous?
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Does DTIME(O(n)) = REGULAR?

(I don't think that this is a good fit on cstheory, since I figure that this question already has a known answer. However, if you think that this would be a better fit there, please feel free to ...
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Reduction from Hamiltonian cycle to Hamiltonian path

I'm looking for an explanation on how reducing the Hamiltonian cycle problem to the Hamiltonian path's one (to proof that also the latter is NP-complete). I couldn't find any on the web, can someone ...
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Can a polynomial size CFG over large alphabet describe a language, where each terminal appears even number of times?

Can a CFG over large alphabet describe a language, where each terminal appears even number of times? If yes, would the Chomsky Normal Form be polynomial in |Σ| ? EDIT: What about a language where ...
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Matrix Chain Multiplication?

The following are questions about using dynamic programming for matrix chain multiplication. Pseudocode can be found in the Wikipedia article on matrix chain multiplication. 1) Why is the time ...
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Reasoning the calculation of the Hilbert's distance

I'm not a mathematician, I'm a computer science student, and I'm attending to a course called Advanced Functional Programming. There's this homework where I need to implement the Hilbert R-tree data ...
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What is the algorithm hiding beneath the complexity in this paper?

So, I am a computer scientist (at least, I'm working to become one..) and I asked a question on here concerning some mathematics behind the Mandelbrot set. A reply I recieved pointed me to this paper. ...
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Why do we divide or multiply by 2 when converting binary?

Trying to understand the fundamentals of binary rather than just following steps, I wanted to know why do we multiply by 2 to convert a decimal (0.5, 0.25) to a binary and why do we divide by 2 when ...
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Proving formula for sum of squares with binomial coefficient

$$\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}(k^2)= \binom{n}{3} + \binom{n+1}{3}$$ How should I prove that it is the correct formula for sum of squares? Should I use induction to prove the basis? Any help is appreciated.
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How to show that a function is computable?

Is the following function $$g(x) = \begin{cases} 1 & \mbox{if } \phi_x(x) \downarrow \mbox{or } x \geq 1 \\ 0 & \mbox{otherwise } \end{cases}$$ computable? Please note that $\phi_i(x) \...
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Combinatorics/Task Dependency

Here is a competitive programming question: You have a number of chores to do. You can only do one chore at a time and some of them depend on others. Suppose you have four tasks to complete. For ...
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Counting divisions of an $n \times n$ grid [duplicate]

I'm looking for an efficient way to count the number of ways $D_n$ to divide an $n \times n$ grid into four (possibly empty) regions: top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right, such that no ...
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Are axioms and rules of inference interchangeable?

There is an equivalence between cellular automata and formal systems, you can code one into the other and vice versa. But in the the cellular automata (CA) the rules of inference are fixed and are ...
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Combination Problem Understanding

How many ways can a Doctor go to the Hospital on $5$ days of January (which has $31$ days) such that no two visits are on consecutive days? I think the solution is: $\displaystyle\binom{27}{5}$ But ...
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Can linear execution time be achieved [duplicate]

The SELECT algorithm determines the $i$th smallest of an input array of $n>1$ distinct elements by executing the following steps. Divide the $n$ elements of the input array into $\lfloor \frac{n}{...
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Etymology of “topological sorting”

This may be a dumb question, but what's "topological" about topological sorting in graph theory? I thought topology was related to geometry and deformations.
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Throwing balls into $b$ buckets: when does some bucket overflow size $s$?

Suppose you throw balls one-by-one into $b$ buckets, uniformly at random. At what time does the size of some (any) bucket exceed size $s$? That is, consider the following random process. At each of ...
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Finding the 2,147,483,647th prime number

In computer science an array is indexed by an integer (int). Unlike in mathematics, the computer science integer (int) has a ...
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How to maximize the number of operations in process

In my research project I have encountered the following problem, concerning a tuple of words in the formal language $L=\{0,1\}^*$, with $\epsilon$ denoting the empty word. If we are given an ordered ...
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Finite automaton that recognizes the empty language $\emptyset$

Since the language $L = \emptyset$ is regular, there must be a finite automaton that recognizes it. However, I'm not exactly sure how one would be constructed. I feel like the answer is trivial. ...