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How to find a pair of divisors as close as possible to each other?

For a given integer $n\in\mathbb{N}^*$, I want to find a pair $(x,y)\in{\mathbb{N}^*}^2$ such that $x*y=n$ and $|y-x|$ is as small as possible. A naive algorithm I found 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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How to justify using available code (in different language) for comparing algorithms

I have proposed an algorithm for a scheduling problem in a submitting paper. In the revision, the reviewer asked us to compare with another algorithm from the literature. Our algorithm is in MATLAB, ...
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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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What constraints, if any, are there on constructible patterns in Conway's Game of Life?

Conway's Game of Life is Turing-complete. Interesting demos of this: A clock Tetris I note that Turing-completeness doesn't require that any specifically encoded state be reachable, does it? ...
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Clustering with points lying along different 3D planes

I have a bunch of data points in 3D that lie along a few planes. What would be the best approaches to estimate the normals of these planes? Edit: There are roughly equal number of points lying along ...
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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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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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Boundary conditions for triangular lattice in comsol

I am trying to simulate an infinite 2D triangular lattice in Comsol but I am confused that how should I use periodic floquet boundary conditions on the unit-cell. A unit cell that I am using is given ...
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The easiest way to find intersection of two intervals

Right now I stuck with a problem. It seems to be really trivial one, but still it is hard for me to find an appropriate solution. The problem is: One has two intervals and are to find the intersection ...
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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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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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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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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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Chip testing problem

An engineer has n supposedly identical integrated-circuit chips that in principle are capable of testing each other. The engineer test jig accommodates two chips at a time. When the jig is loaded, ...
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Fast algorithm for computing cofactor matrix

I wonder if there is a fast algorithm, say ($\mathcal O(n^3)$) for computing the cofactor matrix (or conjugate matrix) of an $N\times N$ square matrix. And yes, one could first compute its determinant ...
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Dealing neighbor list in NVT Monte Carlo (MC) simulation

I'm making a NVT Monte Carlo (MC) simulation code with only short range interaction. I found many MC tutorial codes (usually Lennard-Jones system) in online. However, most of them are doing energy ...
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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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Accurate and efficient computation of the inverse Langevin function

The Langevin function $\mathcal{L}(x) = \mathrm{coth}(x) - \frac{1}{x}$ occurs in computations related to elastomers and paramagnetic materials. It is easily computed accurately and with high ...
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Computation of Troullier-Martins pseudowavefunctions

The computation of Troullier-Martins pseudowavefunctions has been described in [1]. The pseudowavefunction $R^{\textrm{PP}}_l$ is defined by $$ R^{\textrm{PP}}_l(r) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} R^{\...
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Should benchmarkings be done at all? What is the point?

I am reading a paper which compares algorithm A versus algorithm B. It shows that algorithm A is faster than algorithm B via benchmarking that shows the CPU time. What is the point of this? Any ...
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Piecewise-linear Continuations vs Marching Squares/Cubes

It seems that both piecewise-linear continuation and marching squares are methods to produce iso-contours of a scalar function given the function's values on a grid. It seems that piecwise-linear ...
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How to approach geographic data interpolation by distance?

let's say I have a set of geographic locations (lat, lng) resulting from a query. Those locations have some kind of internal ranking, my set is sorted by this number in a descending order. Now I'm ...
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Calculate Transformation Matrix between two sensors

My question is if I can calculate the transformation matrix between two sensors. Each sensor provides a $4\times 4$ matrix for every timestep recorded. The sensors are moving and have some noise in ...
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What is Voronoi particle tracking?

I've been trying to track this down, but google is giving paywall papers that don't appear to be directly related to computational science, or simply don't explain the source algorithm. There's an ...
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Understanding butcher tableau when it comes to implicit methods

I've been learning about butcher tables and am having some difficulty understanding how to translate them when it comes to implicit methods. Specifically, I'm looking at backwards Euler: \begin{array}...
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What exactly is the cause(s) of blow-up for too-large step size in a method like RK4?

I have been working on creating a few home-made numerical methods, and I am using them to visualize text-book problems from my Strogatz dynamics textbook. It feels like a good way to learn numerical ...
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Hybrid Ellpack-Itpack (ELL) + COO Sparse Matrix Representation decomposition threshold

Hybrid ELL-COO sparse matrix representation can be done as in the picture, I was looking intensively, however I couldn't find out what is the threshold of decomposing the original matrix into ELL part ...
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Efficient computation of leading eigenvector of a matrix product of the form $ADA^T$, where $D$ is diagonal

Let $A=[A_1|\ldots|A_m] \in \mathbb R^{n \times m}$ with $n \gg m \gg 1$ and $D=\text{diag}(d_1,\ldots,d_m)$ where $d_1,\ldots,d_m > 0$, and consider the $n\times n$ positive-definite matrix $X=\...
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solving electron motion in undulator by Boris method

I am trying to use Boris scheme to solve the electron trajectory in undulator. The undulator field I used is: $$B_x = b_0\sin(2\pi \tfrac{z}{\lambda_u})$$ where $b_0 = \dfrac{2\pi c_{0}K}{q m_{e} \...
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Which algorithm is more accurate for computing the sum of a sorted array of numbers?

Given is an increasing finite sequence of positive numbers $z_{1} ,z_{2},.....z_{n}$. Which of the following two algorithms is better for computing the sum of the numbers? ...
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Weighted moving variance

i have a time-series and, in analogy with exponentially weighted moving average, i would like to compute the exponentially weighted moving standard deviation or variance in an efficient, numerically ...
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How can the gravitational n-body problem be solved in parallel?

How can the gravitational n-body problem be solved numerically in parallel? Is precision-complexity tradeoff possible? How does precision influence the quality of the model?
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Volume of 3D convex hull of small point sets all on the hull

I have a question that is similar to this one asked before except in 3D, and I only need the volume, not the actual shape of the hull. More precisely, I'm given a small set of points (say, 10-15) in ...
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Efficient algorithm to decide if a graph is a cactus?

A cactus is a connected graph in which every edge belongs to at most one simple cycle. How should one modify the Depth First Search algorithm to obtain an efficient algorithm that determines if a ...
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Algorithm to compute the intersection of two lines given their cartesian equations

I'm looking for a way to compute the coordinates of the intersection of two lines. Each lines are defined with a point and a normal vector. We can assume than the normal vectors are not zero and ...
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How is the D value being updated at simple RRT algorithm?

I am studying the following lecture (image) regarding 5 iterations of the simple RRT algorithm. I am trying to understand how each value is being updated regarding each iteration. I have figured out ...
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A preconditioner for self-consistent iteration

I tried to derive a preconditioner for self-consistent iteration similar to section IX in arXiv:0804.2583. For simplicity, consider here only one orbital (one or two electrons) systems. Suppose that ...
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Fast algorithm for computing matrix square root using randomized linear algebra?

Is there a fast algorithm for computing the matrix square root of a real symmetric matrix using random matrices or randomized algorithms?
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Simulated Annealing proof of convergence

I implemented downhill simplex simulated annealing algorithm. Algorithm is very hard to tune, w.r.t. parameters including cooling schedule, starting temperature... My first question is about ...
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What is the name of the optimization algorithm that uses random sampling?

I am generating random weight as per e.g. below. The I generate a set of 3 values say 100, 250, 300 and I multiple them with the weights below Initial population. ...
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Drunken Man in Matlab

I wrote a script that plots the results of the "drunken lamppost" problem in MATLAB. Now I need to create a road-width from -3 to +3, length from 0 to infinity but the drunk can walk just ahead. It ...
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Is Fortuna or Mersenne Twister preferable as an algorithmic RNG?

A recent answer mentioned the use of Fortuna or Mersenne Twister Random Number Generators (RNGs) to seed a Monte Carlo simulation. I hadn't heard of Fortuna before so I looked it up - looks like it is ...
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Bin-packing: Maximise number of bins / “Fukubukuro” problem?

I recently encountered a problem that looks like a variation of bin packing or knapsack problem, but with the objective to maximise the number of bins/knapsacks: Consider there is a list of M items ...
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Testing for stability of a simulated dynamical system

Background and question I often work with simulations of dynamical systems and I usually track a single parameter $x$, such as the number of agents (for agents based models) or the error rate (for ...
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Traveling Salesman Problem

First off some context. The Traveling Salesman Problem(TSP) is to find the most efficient route passing through a series of points only once. However, there is no perfect function to solve for this in ...

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