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Looking for Partinioning Algorithms allowing for Constraints

What algorithms exist that partition the domain according to a black box evaluation function (possibly subject to some assumptions)? Examples Simple Example To better exaplain we consider as our ...
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In Lanczos algorithm, can we choose the staring vector to be the first eigenvector of the input matrix A?

In Lanczos algorithm, can we choose the staring vector $v$ to be the first eigenvector of the input matrix $A$? How can we select it? and why $v$ need to have norm 1?
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Do the class of Construction Heuristic that does or does not change previous decisions have a name?

I'm writing a paper where I am discussing different types of construction heuristics. One type does not change previous decisions when adding new elements to the solution. I'd call them "...
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Ising model in Python (Magnetization Scaling)

I am trying to implement the Ising Model in Python for Gibbs Distribution: $$\pi(x) = \frac{1}{Z(\beta)} e^{-\beta H(x)}$$ \begin{align*} p(x,y)&=r(x,y) \cdot \min \left( \frac{\pi(y)}{\pi(x)},1 \...
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Algorithms to generate spherical codes

A spherical code, specified by the parameters $(n,N,t)$, is a set of $N$ coordinates on the $n$-dimensional unit hypersphere such that the set of dot products between any two unit vectors from the ...
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Trouble Implementing 1d Wave Equation Finite Difference Solver

Im trying to solve the 1d Wave Equation on $x \in \mathbb{R}, t > 0$: $$u_{tt} = c^2u_{xx}, \hspace{5mm} u(x,0) = \cos(4 \pi x), \hspace{5mm} u_t(x,0) = 0$$ with $c = 1$ and a periodic boundary ...
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Maintain unitary time evolution for a nonlinear ODE

I want to solve a nonlinear ODE of matrix $A(t)$ $$\mathrm{i}\dot A = A(t)M(t),\:\mathrm{with}\: M(t)=A^\dagger(t)H(t)A(t)$$ where $H(t)$ and hence $M(t)$ are Hermitian. Therefore, I presume the time ...
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Technique or Pattern to calculate conditional statement

I am attempting to create a conditional statement that compares four (4) true/false conditions. Depending on the state of these four conditions (either true or false) the conditional statement will ...
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Algorithm to merge two polygons (using connectivities)?

I am struggling with implementing an algorithm that does one simple thing: Consider two polygons (one can just draw any two polygons and number their vertices), whose connectivities in a node list are:...
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Exponent log to compute reciprocal power?

A MATLAB library seems to overcomplicate a computation: exp( (log(a) - log(b))/b ) which is mathematically equivalent (assuming real & positive ...
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Understand the need for Welford's online algorithm

I am puzzled by the Wikipedia entry discussing many online algorithms for computing the sample variance, including the Welford's online algorithm. In particular, the sample variance $s_n^2$ can be ...
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Largest triangle that contains a point

Given the location of $n$ points on a 2D plane ($P_1, P_2, \ldots, P_n$); and the location of a special point $X$. Find three points $P_i,P_j,P_k$ ($i \neq j \neq k$) such that point $X$ is inside the ...
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Parameter sampling from a 3D isosurface in R

Before we start, a small disclaimer: I am not a computer scientist, and the field of isosurfaces is new to me, so hopefully, the question is phrased clearly:) Otherwise, let me know, and I will (try ...
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Transition from 2D to 3D finite element code, what are the inevitable modifications to be implemented?

Imagine we have a simple 2D FEM solver (we are dealing with solid mechanics) and we would like to develop it to a 3D FEM solver (let's say for the same solid mechanics problem) in this case what are ...
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Storing and retrieving two-dimensional and three-dimensional data

I work on computational geometry. A huge number of two-dimensional and three-dimensional data are found in my project. Coordinates of polygon and polyhedrons vertices consisted of two-dimensional and ...
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How to determine if 2 rays intersect?

We are given the 2D coordinates of 2 points: the first point is where the ray starts and it goes through the second point. We are given another ray in the same way. How do we determine if they have a ...
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Finding block structure of a tensor

Are there any well-known algorithms for partitioning a dense tensor into block-sparse form? In other words, I need to find a set of non-overlapping blocks that contain all non-zero entries of the ...
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Time Reversibility of Velocity Verlet Algorithm

I'm very new to computational Physics and am finding conflicting statements on whether the velocity Verlet algorithm, defined as: $\begin{align} x_{n+1} &= x_n + v_n \Delta t + \frac{1}{2} a_n \...
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Asymptotic complexity of fixed-rank SVD

According to the Wikipedia article on Singular Value Decomposition, the asymptotic complexity of computing the SVD of an arbitrary m×n matrix M with m>n by the popular Householder QR methods is O(...
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How to select initial time step in adaptive time step ODE solver (TR-BDF2)

The Problem I am currently reconstructing a TR-BDF2 scheme which contains the following two stages: \begin{align} y_{n+\gamma} & = y_n + \gamma \frac{h}{2}\left( f_n + f_{n+\gamma} \right) \...
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Which algorithms(paper) should be reproduced by a student to enter the field of computational fluid-structure interaction?

We'd better not to reinvent the wheel. But without some programming, one can hardly understand computational fluid-structure interaction. And I would like to know which papers or algorithms should a ...
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Bipartite Euclidean Matching simple to implement approximate algorithm

I am looking for a simple to implement algorithm for the bipartite euclidean matching problem (or an implementation of any practical algorithm). I am aware of Agarwal's paper, but I would like to ...
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An efficient algorithm to find Nearest Neighbours

So imagine I have a $m$ vectors each of dimension $d$. Lets call them, $\vec x_{i}$, with $i = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, \dots, m$. Now the idea is to find the neighbours of $\vec x_{i}$ (calling them $\vec x_{j}...
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On the reordering of sparse matrices

I have been reading on different techniques used to reorder sparse matrices to achieve better performance, the most popular being the Cuthill-McKee or Reverse Cuthill-McKee algorithm. Most of those ...
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Computing Singular Value Decomposition of small ($4\times 4$) matrices

I need to compute the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) of many $4 \times 4$ matrices. I'm looking for SVD algorithms specialized for small matrices. I've read that the ...
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Cheap recalculation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors for a low-rank update of the matrix

Suppose I have a correlation matrix, $A$, and I already have the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of this matrix. For a given vector, $\mathbf{\mathit{v}}$, I want to calculate the eigenvalues and ...
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Producing Voronoi diagram in three dimensional

A Voronoi diagram is a kind of tesselation that divided the medium into polygons in 2D and polyhedrons in 3D. Although there are many algorithms to construct a Voronoi diagram, some of them are faster ...
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What are some algorithms to calculate the width of an arbitrary polygon when a bounding box approximation is inaccurate

What are some alternative algorithms to creating a bounding box for finding the max width of a concave, simple winding polygon, like the one in the below image? I prefer solutions that are more ...
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Derivative-free ill-conditioned non-linear least squares

I am looking for a package which can solve (non-linear) least squares problems without the use of derivatives (because of an expensive model), but which also deals with ill-conditioning well (such as ...
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Explanation of Givens rotation in Jacobi Rotation SVD

I'm trying to implement Singular Value Decomposition (homework of sorts) via the Jacobi Rotation method (more info here, pages 11 and 12). I am stuck at the bullet saying (sorry for the picture, but I'...
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How do you construct a self-similar binary structured-tree?

Please excuse me if this question somehow looks trivial or not really interesting, but I recently have a hard time to convince someone else that my algorithm for constructing a self-similar binary ...
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Surface mesh from labeled 3D points

I'm trying to figure out how to create a surface mesh from a set of labeled 3D points. The 3D object could be something like part of a cave system or asteroid where there would be parts of the surface ...
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Combining many probabilities, modifying, seeking general formula

CONTEXT I need to combine the probability of occurrence of many thousands of events for millions of individuals (trees) in an agent-based/individual-based simulation model developed in NetLogo (agent-...
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Question regarding the energy computation of the Ising-Spin Model

In most of the Monte-Carlo-Algorithms I studied, I found, at the place where they compute the energy, always a line of code, where they divided by four. For example, this code-snippet is taken from ...
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Machine Learning for Optimization

I have a function which takes 100+ coefficients and outputs $x$. I wish to optimise $x$. Running the simulation 50 000 times will take around 15 minutes, however, this happens in parallel - and the ...
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Assume $AX = C$. How to determine which entry of $BX - D$ is non-negative?

Let $A,B$ be $n \times n$ matrices and $C,D$ be $n \times 1$ matrices. Moreover, all entries of $A,B,C,D$ are non-negative. Assume that there is a unique matrix $X$ that solves $AX = C$. My goal is ...
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Best way to find biggest & smallest number in a random list?

Given a list of some length, containing random numbers. What method would need the least amount of checks to find the largest & smallest number in the list? My best guess is: (list_length)/2 ...
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An almost surly fine-time game of coin toss where you win with probability $p$

Given a fair coin and a number $p\in(0,1)$. How do you design a game that finishes in a finite number of tosses with a probability of $1$? And further, with the probability $p$ you win the game. I ...
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Newman algorithm yielding different result to what is given in his paper

Summary I am trying to implement Newman's algorithm for community detection, outlined in this paper. I am testing my implementation against one of the datasets used in that paper to benchmark the ...
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Using MILP to place a set of primers along a genome

Define variables $p_i,u_i\in\{0,1\}^G$, for $i=1,\ldots,8$ and $G=30000$. Let $v$ be a constant vector also in $\{0,1\}^G$, with approximately 25% of its entries equal to $1$ (randomly located). Let ...
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Unable to achieve semi-linear running time in computation of continuant

I am trying to compute the continuant of a list of numbers $a_0, a_1,...,a_n$, defined by the recursion relation: $K_{n+1} = a_{n+1} K_n + K_{n-1}$ and $K_0 = 1$ (see Wikipedia). I am trying to use ...
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Can you compare integer part of two fractions without division?

Suppose we need to compare $\left \lfloor{a / b}\right \rfloor $ and $\left \lfloor{c / d}\right \rfloor $ . One way would of course be to calculate $a/b$ and $c/d$ by division. Is their a faster way?
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Fast algorithm for computing the similarity between two arrays

Suppose there are two arrays (They have the same length), I want to give a quantitative description about the similarity between them. I define a formula like this, which means we can shuffle them ...
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Is there an efficient algorithm for calculation of continued fraction expansion from decimal digits?

Suppose to calculate the continued fraction expansion of $\pi$, the common-sense algorithm would be to take the decimal part, perform inversion, which will give the next term as integer part, and the ...
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Numerically stable and fast sum of last K elements in sequence

Suppose I have a long, possibly infinite, sequence $x := [x_1, x_2, ...]$, and I want to use it to compute another sequence $y:=[y_1, y_2, ...]$ where each element is the sum of the last K elements of ...
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Efficient way to find eigenvalues of complex symmetric matrix with real off-diagonal elements

My goal is to find all eigenvalues (and eigenvectors) in a given range of magnitudes of a complex symmetric matrix with real off-diagonal elements (only diagonal elements are complex). Currently I'm ...
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Alternatives to breadth-first-search in 3D grid cluster detection?

I've got a question about a good way to find the quickest algorithm for my problem: problem: I've got a 3D cubical grid containing voxels that are either 1 or 0. It is stored as a flattened array. If ...
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Evaluating integral $F(r_2) = \frac{1}{r_2^n} \int_0^{r_2} r_1^n f(r_1)\ \mathrm{d}r_1$ without growing instability

I have the following expression to be numerically integrated in a vector-based library (e.g. numpy, MATLAB, etc), $$ F(r_2) = \frac{1}{r_2^n} \int_0^{r_2} r_1^n f(r_1)\ \mathrm{d}r_1, $$ where $n$ is ...
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SHREC 2010 Descriptors

I will appreciate if I may find someone how can clarify for me the part regarding the quality of feature descriptor, shown in the figure below: and this screenshot is from the article: SHREC All my ...
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Evaluate 3D Shape Descriptor

I'm trying to create my own 3d shape descriptor, the idea is that how I may evaluate how much my descriptor is well and good? What I checked is that they evaluate descriptors through shape matching, ...

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