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Trivial case of $s \in T$

I was reading paper A Formal Basis for the Heuristics Determination of Minimum Cost Paths in section B "Some Definition About Graphs" there is footnote that say "We exclude the trivial case of $s \in ...
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Median of medians algorithm

I am referring to the algorithm presented here used to find a good pivot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selection_algorithm#Linear_general_selection_algorithm_-_Median_of_Medians_algorithm My ...
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Help in understanding search of Vantage-Point tree

This is my reference: http://stevehanov.ca/blog/index.php?id=130 A vantage-point tree is a way of organizing a set of points so that finding the n-nearest neighbors is as efficient as possible. It ...
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How to formulate a best-search algorithm limited by a count of nodes visited?

The problem I'm doing a search by computer program. Each node takes about 5 minutes of wall time to get a result so I'm looking to carefully choose the nodes to inspect so as to find the best result ...
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What is the lower bound and upper bound on time for inserting n nodes into a binary search tree?

So given a $n$ array of few numbers(say $n$) we can sort them using the binary search tree (BST) as a black box . In order to that we first build a BST out of the array taking all the elements in ...
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Searching for a secret, given a non-uniform distribution

Let $s$ be an unknown bit string of length $n$. Let $p(i, b)$ be the probability that $i$-th bit of $s$ is equal to $b \in \{0,1\}$. What's the fastest method to find $s$, given the distribution $p()$?...
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Ranking System :S

My math experiences I had at school are not very advanced and I'm struggling with a calculation right now... I'm programming an image Search script for my company where you can find all pictures we ...
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In what sense is “Uniform-cost search” uniform?

The name of Uniform-cost search in computer science is not instinctive since what part of it being "uniform" is not clear to me. Apparently uniformity is not about the cost of each edge - most of the ...
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What is the best strategy for a guess-my-number game?

In the "guess-my-number" game, one player (player A) makes guesses at another player's (player B) secret number. All games would follow the following procedure: Player B decides on a number between a ...
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Algorithm wanted: Enumerate all subsets of a set in order of increasing sums

I'm looking for an algorithm but I don't quite know how to implement it. More importantly, I don't know what to google for. Even worse, I'm not sure it can be done in polynomial time. Given a set of ...
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Need an efficient algorithm to visit all nodes of a graph, revisiting edges and nodes is allowed

Update: This is my solution with Kruskal's Algorithm, although it doesn't take into account real "path". Brute force may be the only solution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbSwwos4R2E Hi, I want ...
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In Mathematica, is there a way to set a variable to the lowest value in a matrix?

It seems that a major aspect of this question is figuring out whether or not I can search the matrix and compare values.
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calculating walks in an undirected graph using linear algebra identity

I am reading a text on maths applied to naturally occurring networks, eg. social networks. The section I am on is "Walks" networks. The text says: Walks: which allow both nodes and edges to be ...
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Is there a simple function which can be used to determine the two “next” search indexes in a binary search?

Edit: question simplified to remove confusion Assuming a sorted list of items with indexes from 1 to N, and given only an index number ...
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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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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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