# Questions tagged [algorithms]

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### How to find QR decomposition of a rectangular matrix in overdetermined linear system solution?

While trying to find cell-centered gradients in finite volume method computation of incompressible fluid flow I get over-determined linear system. This is a well known "cell based least-square" ...
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### Generating a tuple in Maple

I am trying to generate a 2 tuple using maple. Can anyone give me the command to generate this? Thank you very much.
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### Estimate Norm of a black-box functional

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space with norm $\|\cdot\|$ and let $F : V \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a bounded linear functional. It is only given as black-box. I would like to estimate the ...
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### How to use a web-embedded model in a computational workflow?

There is a model embedded in a web browser (Caprio 1998) that I would like to use in an MCMC algorithm. What is the best way to do this? I could implement the model in my favorite language but I ...
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### Given large $x \in \mathbb{R}$, How to determine if $2^x$ is an integer?

Given large $x \in \mathbb{R}$, I want to know whether or not $2^x$ is an integer. Is there any fast way to answer the question for $x>2^{500}$? I have also asked a slightly different form of this ...
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### Depth of a Binary Search Tree

I wrote a function to search a Binary Search Tree, but I have logic problems: When I insert some values, and I have a tree of 2 levels, and the final level (2 in this case) is not full (full is that ...
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### Is it possible to ignore/discard part of a matrix when finding eigenvalues?

I have have multiple large matrices for which I need to find the largest absolute eigenvalue. I know that there is a large submatrix that does not vary. Is it possible to ignore/discard the submatrix? ...
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### How does the computational cost of an mpi_allgather operation compare with a gather/scatter operation?

I'm working on a problem that can be parallelized by using a single mpi_allgather operation or one mpi_scatter and one mpi_gather operation. These operations are called within a while loop, so they ...
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### How do I write dimensionally agnostic code?

I often find myself writing very similar code for one, two, and three dimensional versions of a given operation/algorithm. Maintaining all of these versions can become tedious. Simple code ...
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### Parallel algorithm for eigensystem of a tridiagonal matrix

I'm doing a Lanczos diagonalization of a large sparse matrix (~2 million elements). Almost all of the steps in the Lanzcos algorithm are done in parallel on the GPU, except for diagonalizing the ...
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### What is the fastest way to calculate the largest eigenvalue of a general matrix?

EDIT: I am testing if any eigenvalues have a magnitude of one or greater. I need to find the largest absolute eigenvalue of a large sparse, non-symmetric matrix. I have been using R's ...
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### Algorithm for generating all cartesian products, without rotations

(Not sure if that's the right SX site? I don't need actual code, so…) I'm looking for an algorithm that generates all cartesian products for a list of sets, but skips tuples that are just rotations ...
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### Computing the characteristic polynomial of real sparse matrix

Given a generic sparse matrix $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ with m << n (correction: $m \ll n^2$) non-zero elements (typically $m \in {\cal O}(n)$). $A$ is generic in the sense that it has no ...
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### An efficient way to numerically compute Stirling numbers of the second kind?

Is there an efficient way to numerically compute Stirling numbers of the second kind? An approximate (not exact) method would suffice. Something similar to the connection between factorials and gamma ...
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### What is the difference between O(n) and o(n)? [closed]

I was studying Big-Oh notation, and there is apparently a difference between $O(n)$ and $o(n)$. What is it? I think $f(n)$ is $o(n)$ means that $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{f(n)}{g(n)} = 0$$ but what ...
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### Numerically stable algorithms for computing remainder of polynomials

Let $f, g \in \mathbb{R}[x]$ and $\deg f > \deg g$. I am looking for asymptotically fast and numerically stable algorithms for computing $f \bmod g$. In the applications intended, both $f, g$ are ...
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### Determining the algorithmic complexity

A few of the iterative matrix algorithms (CG,GMRES etc.) I have authored are acting rather funny. They converge to the right answers but take abnormally long time to run. I am in the process of ...
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### Sort a cloud of points with respect to an unstructured mesh of hexahedral cells

Question How would you sort a cloud of points with respect to an unstructured mesh of hexahedral cells? Each cell has a centre and a unique label to represent it. There are two cloud points ...
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### Dictionaries in pseudocode

What is a good, common way to express dictionaries (= maps) in pseudocode? I.e. datastructures that basically allow to store values for keys, iterate over all key/value pairs, test for inclusion of a ...
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### Heuristic for Gibbs sampler annealing schedule

Suppose one is performing Gibbs sampling with a Boltzmann distribution (or if you prefer, simulated annealing) at finite temperature. In general we would want to anneal: as the sampler converges to ...
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### Are there any open source inverse-based multilevel ILU implementations?

I am very impressed with the serial performance of multilevel inverse-based ILU preconditioners, particularly for heterogeneous Helmholtz, but I am surprised to not be able to find any open source ...
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### Optimal way to find stationary solutions of the PDE

I am researching heat diffusion in an optical element irradiated by laser. This problem is described by the PDE which I wrote down in this question. I am using an implicit numerical scheme to model ...
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### What programming strategies can I take for easily modifying algorithm parameters?

Developing scientific algorithms is a highly iterative process often involving changing lots of parameters that I will want to vary either as part of my experimental design or as part of tweaking ...
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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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### 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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### Is algorithmic analysis by flop-counting obsolete?

In my numerical analysis courses, I learned to analyze the efficiency of algorithms by counting the number of floating-point operations (flops) they require, relative to the size of the problem. For ...
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### Is there an efficient algorithm for matrix-valued continued fractions?

Suppose I have a matrix equation recursively defined as A[n] = inverse([1 - b[n]A[n+1]]) * a[n] Then the equation for A[1] looks similar to a continued fraction,...