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Quantifying Superiority of Golden Section vs Binary Search vs Brent on Continuous Function

This concerns algorithms for searching for the minimum of a continuous unidimensional unimodal function. The simplest method is three points, and bi-sectioning. The golden-section search seems more ...
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Are the No Free Lunch Theorems Useful for Anything?

I have been thinking about the No Free Lunch (NFL) theorems lately, and I have a question which probably every one who has ever thought of the NFL theorems has also had. I am asking this question here,...
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Efficient search strategy in a monotonic boolean function wherein the probability of solution location is known apriori

A boolean-valued monotonic function is defined in the set of positive integers, $\mathcal Z$. $$f(n) = \begin{cases} 0, &n_{min}\le n < n\ast\\1, &n\ast\le n\le n_{max} \end{cases} ; n \in ...
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Finding optimal point distance to get desired number of random points in an area

I have a random point generator which takes a distance $d$ and fills an area with points such that distance between any two points is no less that $d$: I need to control the number of points in the ...