# Tagged Questions

Questions dealing with recursive algorithms. Their analysis often involves recurrence relations, which have their own tag.

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### How to prove that calculating Ackermman function stops?

Let $$\begin{eqnarray*} A(0,y) &=& y+1 \\ A(x+1,0) &=& A(x,1) \\ A(x+1,y+1) &=& A(x,A(x+1,y)) \end{eqnarray*}$$ be Ackermann function. How to prove by structural induction ...
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### algorithm related to dyadic decomposition

Starting from an integer $n >0$, iterate the two operations of substracting one and dividing by $2$ (when the number is even) until $1$ is reached. Thus when the number is odd we can only substract ...
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### Using FFT to compute DFT of a polynomial

i currently studying about FFT and DFT and we were given simple question: Use the recursive FFT to compute the DFT of this polynomial of '3' degree: $$-1\:+\:4x\:+\:3x^2$$. So, i go to this ...
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### Can someone check my answers to this problem?

This is from Discrete Mathematics and its Applications Definition of recurrence relation from book From my understanding, compounded annually means that every year(annually) the account will ...
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### Feasible method of grouping relations

This might be a bad question, I hope not so bad. Problem is I have a set of relations(millions), presumably two arrays hold two nodes(starting, and ending), which together forms a relation(edge). I ...
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### Algorithm for Converting Rational Into Surreal Number

I'm writing a library in Haskell that represents the class of surreal numbers, which like many things can be read about here. I've run into a problem in converting between other classes of numbers (...
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### How can I convert a recursive equation to a non-recursion one? [duplicate]

While I am aware of several other similar question which have been asked in the past, my mathematical education only extends through calculus, making them beyond my comprehension, and I believe this ...
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### Characteristic equation. What is it?

Consider a recursive equation: $$a_n = A a_ {n-1} + Ba_ {n-2}$$ And for this type of equation, there is characteristic equation: $x ^ 2 = Ax + B$. What does exactly means that this equation is ...
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### Closest pair algorithm in high dimension?

2D case is clear. But with dimensions higher than $2$ I should choose a special partitioning hyperplane for the divide and conquer algorithm to get $O(n \log n)$. I am confused because to choose this ...
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### Give tight asymptotic bounds for the following recurrence. T(n) = 3T(n/3)+log n

Give tight asymptotic bounds for the following recurrence. Justify your answers by working out the details or by appealing to a case of the master theorem $$T(n) = 3T\left(\frac n3\right)+\log(n)$$ ...
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### Finding all local $k$-maximums in sequence $a_1, a_2, \ldots a_n$.

For given sequence of numbers $a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n$ we say that $a_i$ is $k$-local maximum, if $i > k$ and $a_i$ is largest of numbers $a_{i - k}, a_{i-k+1}, \ldots, a_i$. How can we find all $k$...
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### Finding $m$ largest numbers from union of $k$ sorted lists $A_1, A_2, \ldots, A_k$

We are given $k$ sorted lists $A_1, A_2, \ldots A_k$ with corresponding sizes $n_1, n_2, \ldots n_k$. How can one find $m$ largest elements (numbers) from union of lists $A_1, A_2, \ldots, A_k$? We ...
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### $T(n)=T(n-1)+O(\log n)$ is $T(n)=O(n^2)$ or $T(n)=O(n \log n)$

I have this Recurrence relation: $T(n)=T(n-1)+O(\log n)$ What is the solution? $T(n)=O(n^2)$ or $T(n)=O(n \log n)$ What I did is: I assume that $T(n)\le O(n^2)$ And that's bring me to $O(n^2)$, ...
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### Towers of Hanoi Starting From Initial (Legal) Configuration?

I was recently asked in an interview how an algorithm for solving the classic Towers of Hanoi problem would differ if you were given an initial (legal) configuration of the towers, and had to start ...
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### recursive to explicit sequence

I am trying to find the explicit formula for the following recursion: $$a_{1}=3,\quad a_{n}=3- \frac{1}{a_{n-1}},\quad n \in \mathbb N,n>1$$ I tried in many ways but I cannot find any ...
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### Algorithm Running Time

Given an algorithm with a running time $$T(n)=5T(n/2)+n^2$$ So the number of nodes at a depth $i$ would be: $5^i$ The input size for each node at $i$ would be: $n/2^i$ Agreed. Then it states that ...
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### How many distinct ways to climb stairs in 1 or 2 steps at a time? (Fibonacci puzzle)

There is a very interesting puzzle for fibonacci sequence ...
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### How to find if an array has at least 10 unique integers in $O(\log n)$?

I am given a sorted array of integers. I want to find out if the array has at least 10 unique integers. I know this can easily be done with an algorithm that runs in $O(n)$ simply by going through ...
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### Finding the explicit form of the recursive function $P_{1(n)}=\left\lceil\frac12P_{1(n-1)}\right\rceil+\left\lfloor\frac12P_{2(n-1)}\right\rfloor$

I'm trying to find the explicit form of the recursive function $$P_{1(n)}=\left\lceil\frac12P_{1(n-1)}\right\rceil+\left\lfloor\frac12P_{2(n-1)}\right\rfloor\;.$$ First, let me explain what this ...
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### How to give a good guess to the recurrence relation problem [duplicate]

I have been trying to solve the following recurrence relation $$T(n)=2T(\frac{n}{2}) + nlgn$$ by using substitution method. I started to compute $T(1)$ ,$T(4)$,$T(8)$,$T(16)$ to guess a solution as ...