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Reed Solomon Polynomial Generator

I am developing a sample program to generate a 2D Barcode. And i am using reed solomon error correction code. By Going through this article i am developing the program. But i couldn't understand how ...
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Simplifying Catalan number recurrence relation

While solving a problem, I reduced it in the form of the following recurrence relation. $ C_{0} = 1, C_{n} = \displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^{n - 1} C_{i}C_{n - i - 1} $ However ...
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$2x_1 + 2x_2 + \cdots + 2x_6 + x_7 = N$

How do I find the number of integral solutions to the equation - $$2x_1 + 2x_2 + \cdots + 2x_6 + x_7 = N$$ $$x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_7 \ge 1$$ I just thought that I should reduce this a bit more, so I ...
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Why isn't this a regular language?

I'm stuck as to figuring out why $L_1$={$n^p$ | $p$ = a prime number} is not a regular language but $L_2$={$n^p$ | $p$ = a prime number bounded by some fixed number f} is. I can see that $L_2$ is a ...
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CRC computation

I would like to understand the CRC computation using CCITT CRC-16 $x^{16} + x^{12} +x^{5} +1$. I was able to successfully implement it in a program but I would like to understand the computation ...
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Is computer science a branch of mathematics?

I have been wondering, is computer science a branch of mathematics? No one has ever adequately described it to me. It all seems very math-like to me. My second question is, are there any books about ...
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What are NP-complete problems and why are they so important?

I keep hearing questions about whether something is NP-complete, but they never really mention what it is. Why do people care so much about NP-complete problems?
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Calculating Distance of a Point from an Ellipse Border

I'm thinking about using oriented ellipses to represent curves (dents/bumps etc.) in my physics engine, and have a few questions about working with them: What methods are there to finding the ...
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What are BesselJ functions?

I solved an integration on mathematica which gives BesselJ functions and some other terms. I explored mathematica help and google but could not understand the difference between different types of ...
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Computation with a memory wiped computer

Here is another result from Scott Aaronson's blog: If every second or so your computer’s memory were wiped completely clean, except for the input data; the clock; a static, unchanging ...
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Rank of an interesting matrix

Lets define: $U=\left \{ u_j\right \} , 1 \leq j\leq N= 2^{L},$ the set of all different binary sequences of length $L$. $V=\left \{ v_i\right \} , 1 \leq i\leq M=\binom{L}{k}2^{k},$ the set of ...
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Distance between a point and a m-dimensional space in n-dimensional space ($m<n$)

I am trying to find a method with a low computational cost to compute the distance of a point $P$ and a space $S$ that is defined by the origin $O$ and $m$ vectors $v_1, v_2, ..., v_m$ in an ...
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Execution time of function

At the algorithm SELECT, there is the following step: ...
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Rank of a graph matrix

$G$ is a bipartite graph with $2m$ nodes on the left $(u_0..u_{2m-1})$, and $2^{m}$ nodes on the right $(v_0..v_{2^{m}-1})$. There is an edge (connection) between $u_i$ and $v_j$ iff $(i+1)$'th ...
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Texture mapping from a camera image (knowing the camera pose)

I'm not sure if I should ask this question here or on stackoverflow, so forgive me if I'm wrong. I want to apply a texture (taken from a camera) on a 3D surface, let me explain my problem: I have ...
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Floating point arithmetic

How can I prove that : a real number has a finite representation in the binary system if and only if it is of the form $$\pm \frac{m}{2^n}$$ where n and m are positive integers.
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What interesting open mathematical problems could be solved if we could perform a “supertask” and what couldn't?

If we had a computer that could perform a countably infinite number of steps of a Turing machine, what currently open problems could we solve? I guess a lot of number theory problems could be solved ...
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Lower bound for finding second largest element

In a recent discussion, I came across the idea of proving a lower bound for the number of comparisons required to find the largest element in an array. The bound is $n - 1$. This is so because the set ...
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Great Book on Probability and Statistics (for Computer Scientists)

I'm a Computer Science sophomore and we're studying Probability and Statistics (fundamentals and all). The teacher recommends a book which I don't like since it does not even try and explain ...
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Proving the Riemann Hypothesis without revealing anything other than you proved it

Consider the following assertion from Scott Aaronson's blog: Supposing you do prove the Riemann Hypothesis, it’s possible to convince someone of that fact, without revealing anything other ...
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What are the theorems of mathematics proved by a computer so far?

By theorems, I mean the ones you can find in an undergraduate course of mathematics, not the ones you can find in a textbook of automated proofs. I mean by "proved by a computer" that an existing ...
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Why isn't NP = coNP?

Suppose a language L is in NP. I think that means a nondeterministic Turing machine M can decide it in polynomial time. But then shouldn't it be in co-NP, because can't we define a new Turing machine ...
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Representing IF … THEN … ELSE … in math notation

How do I correctly represent the following pseudocode in math notation? EDIT1: Formula expanded. EDIT2: Clarification. (a,b) represents a line segment on a 1D line. a <= b for each segment. The ...
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State of the progess of the automated proof checking

I recently came across a concept of automated proof checking. I am very intrigued by the idea, that in the future all the proofs could be verified by a computer. Moreover, some proofs were already ...
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Intersection of two deterministic finite automata?

I'm trying to solve a problem where I have to create a DFA for the intersection of two languages. These are: $$\{s \in \{{\tt a}, {\tt b},{\tt c}\}^\ast : \mbox{every ${\tt a}$ in $s$ is ...
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How to prove the optimal Towers of Hanoi strategy?

In the towers of Hanoi game, how do we know that we have the optimal algorithm for solving it? I thought about this and it seemed like any deviation from the standard strategies would be putting you ...
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Example of a not recursively enumerable set $A \subseteq \mathbb{N}$

Can someone give me an example if a not recursively enumerable set $A \subseteq \mathbb{N}$ ? I came up with this question, when trying to show, that there exist partial functions $f: \mathbb{N} ...
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Relatively prime property verification

I am reading a computer science puzzles book. And I get the following question - "You have a five quart jug, a three quart jug and unlimited supply of water. How would you come up with exactly four ...
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What is the best way to factor arbitrary polynomials

I am currently working on a Computer Algebra System and was wondering for suggestions on methods of finding roots/factors of polynomials. I am currently using the Numerical Durand-Kerner method but ...
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How to determine if it's possible to draw a graph $G$ with a given set of vertices?

Given a list of vertices associated with its degree, says: $$7, 7, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1$$ Determine whether it is possible to draw a graph $G$, where $G$ is connected and un-directed. Solution: ...
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Is there a polynomial-time algorithm to find a prime larger than $n$?

Is there a polynomial-time algorithm to find a prime larger than $n$? If Cramér's conjecture is true, we can use AKS to test $n+1$, $n+2$, etc. until the next prime is found, and this method will ...
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Steps in the Simplex Method

I'm trying to look at how the Simplex method in standard form works. I understand the basics of how ti works, but I can't understand what happens between two steps. I'm using the example from chapter ...
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Is the language of all strings over the alphabet “a,b,c” with the same number of substrings “ab” & “ba” regular?

Is the language of all strings over the alphabet "a,b,c" with the same number of substrings "ab" & "ba" regular? I believe the answer is NO, but it is hard to make a formal demonstration of it, ...
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Context free languages closure property $\{a^n b^n : n\geq 0\} \cup \{a^n b^{2n}: n\geq 0\}$

I have been working on the following two problems: 1) Given any context free language L, form a new language by taking symbols at the odd positions, i.e. $w=a_1a_2\dots a_n \mapsto w'=a_1 a_3 a_5 ...
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Algorithm to find the second smallest element

I am having trouble with the following homework assignment: Give an algorithm that finds the second smallest of n elements in at most $n + \lceil\log(n)\rceil - 2$ comparisons. I have been trying to ...
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Restricted read twice BDDs and context free grammars

Several papers give poly-time algorithms for constrained paths on labelled graphs, e.g. [1] Quote: Given an alphabet Σ, a (directed) graph G whose edges are weighted and Σ-labeled, and a formal ...
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“Plotting” an equation

I have an equation like $$ (x - a)^2 + (y - b)^2 = r^2 $$ that represents a circle. I need to "plot" it very basically with a programming language. Computer graphics coordinate generally use the ...
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Numbers as sum of distinct squares

Yesterday Polish Olympiad of Information Science ended, one of the questions was purely mathematical, Squares (PL). In the task, we have defined square ...
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Computing the $n^{\textrm{th}}$ permutation of bits.

I've seen this post about the $n^{\textrm{th}}$ permutation of a set but that is not what I need. If you have a bit string (ones and zeros only) there are algorithms to quickly permute the NEXT ...
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Linear Homogeneous Recurrence Relations and Inhomogenous Recurrence Relations

I'm having some difficulty understanding 'Linear Homogeneous Recurrence Relations' and 'Inhomogeneous Recurrence Relations', the notes that we've been given in our discrete mathematics class seem to ...
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finding the minimal property of a graph

While working out on a problem, I found that cycles $C_n$ are minimally self-centered graphs, as if we remove any edge then it is paths $P_n$ and $P_n$ are not self-centered graphs. My question is ...
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Asymptotic Function proof?

I am doing questions from past exams and I stumbled upon this one. I have no idea how to go about solving it.I never had any logarithmic functions in my previous bigOh proofs nor have I had to use ...
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Minimum queens to reach $8 \times 8$ squares as a graph problem

A homework problem asks What is the minimum number of queens to reach all squares on a $8 \times 8$ chess board? We are expected to solve this by somehow casting the problem as a graph problem ...
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Huffman Encoding Proof Probability and Length

If the frequency of symbol i is strictly larger than the frequency of symbol j, then the length of the codeword for symbol i is less than or equal to the length of the codeword for symbol j. I ...
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Let X be a subset of {1,2,…,2014}…

Let X be a subset of {1,2,...,2014}. How would I show that if |X| ≥ 64, then there exist at least two different pairs {x,y} and {u,v} of distinct elements of X which |x-y|=|u-v|? I'm not too sure ...
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How to fit non-linear matlab data?

I'm working on a problem in scientific computing namely fitting data to this equation $c(z) = 4800 + p_1 + p_2 \cdot z/1000 + p_3 \cdot e^{ -p4 \cdot z/1000}$ The data is in a background question ...
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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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Prove that the set of palindromes are not regular languages using the pumping lemma.

Firstly I pick a language $xyz$ where $x = \epsilon$, $y = (abb)^{k}$, $z = (bba)^{k}$ where $|y| \ge$ the number of states in the automaton representing my language. Then $xyz = (abb)^k(bba)^k$ is a ...
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the strings of five decimal digitis

My question is : Consider strings of five decimal digits, such as 00147, or 99999. In each case below, what is the number of such strings satisfying the given property? (a) The string has no repeated ...
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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 ...