# Questions tagged [combinatorics]

Combinatorics (combinatorial analysis) is a branch of mathematics that studies the discrete objects, the set (a combination, permutation, deployment and transfer of elements) and the relationship to them (eg, partial order).

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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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### Enumerating hexahedral cell vertices and faces in arbitrary dimension

I have a Cartesian mesh in $d$ dimensions, and I would like to enumerate all the subcells of a given hexahedral cell. If I am just enumerating the vertices of a cell (or cells that contain a vertex) I ...
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### Striking examples of success of local search algorithms

In N queens problem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_queens_puzzle, trying to find solution by backtracking encounters difficulties quite fast (even for SWI-Prolog, http://swish.swi-prolog.org/...
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The quadratic knapsack problem (QKP) $$\max_x x^TPx$$ $$\mathrm{s.t.}\;\;w^Tx\leq c,\; x\in\{0,1\}$$ where $P\geq0, w\geq0$ elementwise, is well studied and has existing solvers. My problem below ...
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### Optimal partitioning of a graph

Consider a planar graph, where each node is associated with a weight. I would like to partition the graph such that the sum of the node weights in each group satisfy a minimum requirement. However, I ...
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### Graph optimization for parallel processing

Consider the following example structure of overlapping images marked A,B,C,D. The possible overlaps are marked by gray color: The structure can be represented by a weighted undirected graph (images ...
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I've got a function of form $$f: (\mathbb{Z}_3)^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$$ to optimize, where $n$ is relatively large (the order of hundreds). Is it there a gradient-like notion for these type of ...
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### Sum of Inverse of Variables in an Optimization Problem

I have the following optimization problem: $$\begin{array}{ll} \text{Minimize} & \frac{1}{x_1} + \frac{1}{x_2} + \ldots + \frac{1}{d_n} \\ \text{Subject to} & A x \leq b \end{array}$$ where ...
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### What is the probabilistic model behind sudoku grids?

I'm talking about the vanilla sudoku game, with 9x9 grids equally split into 9 regions. I've tried a few approaches to estimate the probability that a specific number is in a specific location, but I ...
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### What strategies one can use to keep maximum number of non attacking pieces on an $n \times n$ chess board? [closed]

What are the strategies one can use to keep maximum number of non attacking pieces (all pieces other than pawn) on an $n\times n$ board? It is like an $n$-queen problem but here instead of only queen ...
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### Generating lattice clusters/graphs in parallel

I'm trying to generate all graphs with n or fewer vertices that can be embedded in some lattice, eg square, triangular, Kagome. Do there exist algorithms to both enumerate and draw these graphs? What ...
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### Algorithm to generate all vectors of integers with magnitude between $n\pm \delta$

I am working on an program to compute the structure factor of a given configuration of particles, and I need an efficient algorithm to generate all the possible vectors with integer coordinates and ...
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### Improve optimization over 'mapping' of indices

I have two tables at my disposal, one work dataset and one reference dataset. Each dataset has got two columns, lets say these are fields A and B. I would like to associate the rows in the reference ...
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### Benchmark instances for directed 3-Cycle cover

The directed 3-Cycle cover asks for a vertex-covering set of oriented cycles with at least three vertices per cycle such that every vertex is covered by exactly one cycle. I have scrutinzed the ...