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### Produce a list of the most-similar units, given various correlations/relationships

I have a database full of units (U1 - U50, U51...) where every unit has the same standard attributes (A1 - A10) and where a % of each attribute defines the amount of that attribute for that particular ...
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### Asymptotic solution of recurrence equation

I need help to find asymptotic solution of this recurrence equation $T(n)=\sqrt{n}T(\sqrt{n})+cn$ where $c$ is constant.
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### Recurrence relation by expansion

I'm trying to find a general formula for the following recurrence relation: for n of the form 2^2^k S(n) = (rootn)(S(rootn))+n S(2) = 1 First, I let b = 2^2 just for readability ...
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### Recurrence relations (Big-O notation)

Say I'm given a recursive function such as: function(n) { if (n <= 1) return; int i; for(i = 0; i < n; i++) { function(0.8n) } } ...
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### Solve the recurrence relation:$T(n)=\sqrt{n}T\left(\sqrt{n}\right)+\sqrt{n}$ [closed]

I have doubt in solving the following questions: $T(n)=2T(\sqrt{n})+n$ $T(n)=\sqrt{n}T(\sqrt{n})+c$ $T(n)=\sqrt{n}T(\sqrt{n})+\sqrt{n}$ T(2)=1 for all the problems Atleast give the final answer.
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### Prove Upper Bound (Big O) for Fibonacci's Sequence?

NOTE: We are not to use proofs (limits, induction, or otherwise) in this problem. We were to prove the upper bound for the Fibonacci recursion is some exponential. The Fibonacci recurrence relation ...
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### Help with Recursive Algorithm

We are to determine a recurrence relation for a recursive algorithm. Let us use the Josephus Problem for this: Given n people standing in a circle, every kth person is killed until one person ...
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### number of ways to fill a 2D grid

We have a 2D grid with n rows and m columns, we can fill it with numbers between 1 and k (both inclusive). Only condition is that for each r such that 1<=r<=k ,no two rows must have exactly the ...
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### Recurrence of a function

Consider the following recurrence: $$T(n) = 2T(n/2)+n\lg n$$ Let’s use a base-case $T (2) = 2$ and let’s assume $n$ is a power of $2$. (a) “guess and prove by induction” method, considering the ...
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### Algorithms: Recurrence

Here's a problem that I am struggling with... If two algorithms A and B both solve the same problem. On an input of size $n$ Algorithm $A$ breaks it into $5$ pieces of size $n/2$, recursively solves ...
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### How to solve a recurrence relation?

I want to solve the following recurrence relation with Guess method and induction: $T(1) = 1$ $T(n) = T(3n/4) + T(n/5 + 1) + n$ for $n > 1$
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### number of derangements

In the normal derangement problem we have to count the number of derangement when each counter has just one correct house,what if some counters have shared houses. A derangement of n numbers is a ...
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### Help with find recurrence relation running time.

Write a recurrence relation describing the worst case running time of each of the following algorithms, and determine the asymptotic complexity of the function defined by the recurrence relation. ...
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### Google Question: Number of ways to select sets such that n is pure

Consider a subset $S$ of positive integers. A number in $S$ is considered pure with respect to $S$ if, starting from it, you can continue taking its rank in $S$, and get a number that is also in $S$, ...
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### Recurrence Relation for Optimal Card Game Score

I have the following problem where Alice and Bob decide to play a simple card game. At the beginning of the game, $n$ cards are dealt face up in a long row. Each card is worth a different number of ...
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### How do I go about manipulating this summation equation to solve it?

In my textbook, Introduction to Algorithms, the following is shown: And I believe I understand that. However, I have a similar equation to the one on the first line, but instead of ...
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### How does my textbook solve this summation equation for the answer?

Summations have always been my weakness in mathematics, and it's showing here as I'm very confused how my textbook, Introduction to Algorithms, goes from basically the second half of the following ...
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### What is the bound of: $T(n) = T(n-2) + (n)log(n)$?

I am given the following recurrence relationship: $\ T(n) = T(n-2) + nlog(n)\\ T(1) = T(0) = constant$, I need to find the order for the recurrence. So, using the iterative methodology, what I ...
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### How does my textbook come up with this statement? I don't believe it to be true.

My textbook (Introduction to Algorithms) states the following: When polynomially comparing $n^\epsilon$ and $lgn$, it states that $n^\epsilon$ is polynomially greater for any positive $\epsilon$. ...
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### Where is the value of the variable $\epsilon$ obtained in the following explanation my professor gave?

My professor gave us this explanation from the textbook Introduction to Algorithms regarding the Master Method/Theorem: As a first example, consider $$T(n)=9T(n/3)+n.$$ For this recurrence, we ...
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### How does my professor come up with the recursive case in this algorithm analysis?

My professor gave us the following explanation for the recursive algorithm for finding the permutations of a set of numbers: When he has (T(m+1), n-1)) where does that come from? Why is it m+1 ...
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### How is the algorithm for recursively printing permutations of a set of numbers this equation our professor gave us?

I'm having a great amount of trouble understanding where my prof got $T(m, n) = n(T(m+1, n-1) + m+1 + n)$ if $n > 1$ as the recursive formula for the algorithm for recursively printing the ...
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### Recurrence Tree for Recurrence Inequality

I'm used to solving recurrences that are in the form of T(n) = ... However, when analyzing an algorithm, its recurrence form is: $$T(n) < \sqrt{n} \cdot T(\sqrt{n}) + n$$ How do I solve a ...
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### In this proof, why did they choose the value n/2 for the assumption? And what bearing did that have on the rest of the proof?

For the assumption step, why did they assume it holds true for n/2 specifically? And when they prove that it holds true for n, how do the steps they do there have anything to do with the n/2 ...
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### How does my professor go from this logarithm to the next?

In the above picture, how does he go from the third-last line to the second last?
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### Recurrence Master Theorem Question

Solve the recurrence $$T(n) = T({2n\over5}) +n$$ My attempt: $a=1$,$\ b=\frac 52$, $f(n)=n$ For the most part I believe that is correct. Now I was wondering if my math is correct in this next ...
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### How to find a closed form formula for the following recurrence relation?

I have to find a closed form formula for the following recurrence relation which describes Strassen's matrix multiplication algorithm - $$T(n) = 7\,T\left(n \over 2\right) + \frac{18}{16}n^2$$ with ...
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### How to find a closed form solution to a recurrence of the following form?

I need to find the closed form solution to the following recurrence -: $T(n) = 8*T(n/2) + 0.25*n^2$ with $T(1) = 1$ and $n=2^j$ and this is what I have tried so far but just can't seem to get a ...
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### substitution method for recurrence tree

If one has recurrence function - $$T(k) = 2T(k-1)+ \frac 1k$$ how can one determine the upper and lower bounds? For upper bound, I try use 'substitution method' and drew out recurrence tree, ...
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### Algorithms: Recurence Relation

Can someone please help me solve this recurrence relation using back substitution method: $$T(n) = T(n-1) + n(n-1)$$ Base case is T(1)=1. Also, what is the asymptotic notation? Explanation of steps ...
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### recurrence relation dependent inversly on n

Is there any efficient way to solve $F(n)=F(n-1)+1/n$ on $\mathcal{O}(\log n)$ time like we have matrix expo. for fibonacci series ?
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### Upper bound for $T(n) = T(n - 1) + T(n/2) + n$ with recursion-tree

I'm reading through Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd ed. and I got stuck on the following recurrence (exercise 4.4-5): $$T(n) = T(n - 1) + T(n/2) + n$$ The exercise asks you to find the upper bound ...
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### probability of sum of a given set of whole numbers being greater than a certain number

There are total of n balls in k boxes. Box one contains n1 balls, box 2 contains n2 balls and so on. The probability of picking balls from boxes is p1,p2,...,pk. We can pick either all the balls in a ...
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### Purchasing Order: An Analysis on A ($\textrm{C++}$)-Approached Recurrence Relation

Suppose that we have $n$ dollars and that each day we buy either tape at a dollar, paper at a dollar, pens at two dollars, pencils at two dollars, or binders at three dollars. If $R_n$ is the number ...
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### Orange Juice, Milk, or Beer

Suppose that we have $n$ dollars and that each day we buy either orange juice for a dollar, milk for two dollars, or beer for two dollars. If $R_n$ is the number of ways of spending all the money, ...
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### $n$-Bit Strings Not Containing $010$

So, I am asked to consider the number of $n$-bit strings that don't contain $010$ by considering the following $m$-leading-zero cases for $m\geq 0$, where $m\in \mathbb{N}$: $1\cdots$ $01\cdots$ ...
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### (CHECK) $n$-bit Strings Containing a Pattern

$$\text{\bf{PLEASE~~~CHECK~~~AUTHOR'S~~~ANSWER}}$$ If $S_n$ denotes the number of $n$-bit strings that do not contain the pattern $00$, then what is the underlying recurrence relation and ...
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### Paths Within a Lattice

So, I'm reading this proof: Lemma 4.2. The Schröder numbers $(r(n):n\geq0))$ satisfy $$r(n)=r(n-1)+\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}r(k)r(n-1-k)\text{ for }n\geq1,\text{ with } r(0)=1$$ Proof. The Schröder number ...
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### Recursive Sequence Tree Problem (Original Research in the Field of Comp. Sci)

This question appears also in http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/17953/recursive-sequence-tree-problem-original-research-in-the-field-of-comp-sci. I was told that cross-posting in this ...
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### Master Theorem change of variables with root other than 2

I'm working on this: $$T(n) = 12T(n^{1/3}) + \log(n)^{2}$$ Using change of variables, and substituting $m = \log n$, I get as far as: $$S(m) = 12S(m/3) + m^{2}$$ I see how a square root would work ...
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### Register Machine on Fibonacci Numbers

This problem is easy to understand but I am struggling to come up with any solutions. According to Wikipedia a register machine is a generic class of abstract machines used in a manner similar to a ...
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### Expressing a sequence as a recurrence relation

I've been working on a project, and it's come to that time when I have to prove the run time complexity of an algorithm. I've obtained my metric and those things that have nothing to do with you guys! ...
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### Generalized Josephus problem

I have been reading generalized Josephus problem from Concrete Mathematics. The recurrence form for the problem is given as f(1) = a f(2n) = 2f(n) + b, for n >= 1 f(2n+1) = 2f(n) + y, for n >= 1 ...
Supposing I write an algorithm that results into this kind of recurrence relation \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} T(0)=T(1)=1 \\ T(n)=T\left(\lfloor n/2 \rfloor \right)+T\left(\lceil n/2 ...