# Questions tagged [algorithms]

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### Can diagonal plus fixed symmetric linear systems be solved in quadratic time after precomputation?

Is there an $O(n^3+n^2 k)$ method to solve $k$ linear systems of the form $(D_i + A) x_i = b_i$ where $A$ is a fixed SPD matrix and $D_i$ are positive diagonal matrices? For example, if each $D_i$ is ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### How do I find the minimum-area ellipse that encloses a set of points?

I have a set of points that resembles more of an ellipse than a circle. I implemented the optimization formulation below and the solution gives a circle. I tried with various initial values, still to ...
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### Sensitivity of BFGS to initial Hessian approximations

I'm trying to implement the Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno method to find the minimum of a function. I need two initial guesses $x_{-1}$ & $x_0$ and an initial Hessian Matrix approximation $B_0$...
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### Algorithms for a many-to-many generalized assignment problem

I can't seem to find any literature on algorithms which can be used to solve a many-to-many generalized assignment problem (GAP), i.e. models where not only can more tasks be assigned to one agent, ...
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### (how to) write simulations that run faster?

I have started using python as the programming language for doing all my assignments in CFD. I have a very little experience in programming. I am from mechanical engineering background and am pursuing ...
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### Repeated nearest neighbor calculation for millions of data points too slow

I have a dataset running into millions of data points in 3D. For the calculation I am doing, I need to calculate neighbor (range search) to each data point in a radius, try to fit a function, ...
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### Numerical methods for inverting integral transforms?

I'm trying to numerically invert the following integral transform: $$F(y) = \int_{0}^{\infty} y\exp{\left[-\frac{1}{2}(y^2 + x^2)\right]} I_0\left(xy\right)f(x)\;\mathrm{d}x$$ So for a given $F(y)$ ...
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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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### 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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### Find all the roots of a function in a given interval

I need to find all the roots of a scalar function in a given interval. The function may have discontinuities. The algorithm can have a precision of ε (e.g. it is ok if the algorithm doesn't find two ...
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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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### Compute eigenvectors of a matrix with known eigenvalue spectrum

If I have already accurately known the eigenvalue spectrum (i.e. all eigenvalues) of a matrix, is there any efficient numerical algorithm to compute all the eigenvectors corresponding to these ...
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### Proper data-structure and algorithm for 3-D Delaunay triangulation

I have worked out some poor code to achieve the goal of 3D Delauney triangulation(random points in E3), but the time consuming is huge, and when five points are exactly (or nearly due to the round-off ...
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### When analyzing a parallel algorithm, how do you take communication costs into account?

My question is related in spirit to "Is algorithmic analysis by flop counting obsolete?". Counting the number of computational operations in an algorithm is commonly used as a first-order model to ...
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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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### Python implementations of Gillespie's direct method

I'm looking for a decent implementation of Gillespie's Direct Method in Python, as if I code the algorithm myself I'm nigh positive I'll do it inefficiently. Anyone have a favorite?
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### Algorithm for Principal Eigenvector of a Real Symmetric 3x3 Matrix

I have a 3x3 covariance matrix (so, real, symmetric, dense, 3x3), I would like it's principal eigenvector, and speed is a concern. Is there a fast algorithm for this specific problem? I've seen ...
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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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### Eigenvector with maximum overlap

Given a matrix $M$ and a vector $v$, is there an efficient method to find the normalized eigenvector of $M$ that is closest to $v$, in that it has maximal overlap. More explicitly, a vector $v$ can be ...
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### What efficient algorithms are there to generate arbitrary dimensional meshes of simplices?

I know that delaunay triangulation can be extended into arbitrary dimensions by solving the convex hull problem in $(p+1)$ dimensions and projecting the lower hull into dimension $p$ to obtain a mesh ...
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### Is there a special algorithm for computing the convex hull ordering when the candidate points are on the hull?

I'm dealing with a set of points which are already placed on the 2D hull boundary: a convex polygon. I know this for sure. However, the point set is not ordered, and I need the polygon points to be ...
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### Algorithms for radiation treatment planning

I have a medical physics problem - I want to maximise the dose absorbed by a brain tumour whilst minimising the dose in the rest of the brain, especially certain organs, such as the pituitary gland, ...
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### Is there a way to reduce aberration in computations of planets' trajectories?

I don't think the title is very accurate , sorry for that. I simulate bodies in space using two timestep: the TIMESTEP is the Δt wich I use to make the calculation and XTIME is the number of times ...
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### Fast chain rule algorithm [closed]

Assume I have two functions $f$ and $g$, with derivatives of $g$ at point $x$ and derivatives of $f$ at point $g(x)$ available. What is the fastest way of computing derivatives of $f \circ g (x)$ ?
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