Questions tagged [algorithms]

In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

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Arranging blocks of data for efficient memory access

suppose I have an algorthm that has N blocks of data, and an operation needs to be performed on all blocks such that requires 2 blocks to be in memory at any given time to be done for all possible ...
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Is algorithm performance dependent on the programming language used? [closed]

I have studied complexity of algorithms that how long an algorithm will take to execute completely, then why it is said that certain programming languages are faster than others such as C++ is faster ...
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How to design a high-scale, reliable, distributed and periodic task (cronjob) execution service?

Assume you are tasked with implementing a "cronjob as a service" where you are supposed to be able to run potentially millions of periodical tasks (to simplify, making HTTP requests to URLs) with ...
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How to implement adaptive routing?

I need to send jobs to worker queues according to resource usage and other metrics like how many jobs have been processed and how successful they were. There is also the need to “weight” these ...
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How to create a recommendation algorithm (“If you like X and Y, you might like Z”)? [closed]

How to create a recommendation algorithm ("If you like X and Y, you might like Z")? I want to create an algorithm which recommends "You might also like" items from an itemlist, based on user's ...
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When to use Quicksort instead of MergeSort? [closed]

I have the following homework question: You develop a video surveillance software that must run on real-time data. In one of the steps of the algorithm executed with each image captured by the camera, ...
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How to shuffle a large data set without touching every row?

Let’s say I have two larges arrays of users with equals number of rows and I want to match them randomly and one to one(one from the first array,one from the second), I will first need to shuffle one ...
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Transforming a long-running operation into a step by step operation?

I am working on a video game in Unity and at some point I'm facing a tough problem to solve: The game freezes while loading level data. Let me lay down what's happening in that process that takes a ...
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Algorithm for Parking Space Allocator System

In my office, there are 200 employees who come to the office in their car. But my parking space has slots for parking 160 cars only. Now I want to design and develop an application that issues parking ...
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What is the right algorithm to solve this problem?

The problem is - We have a series of boxes (A, B, C, D, ...). Each box contains bricks of different colours. For eg. Box A - red, blue Box B - blue, red, green ... and so on... and there are ...
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Distribute jobs evenly among a set of servers

I have the need to distribute a set of long running jobs across a cluster of containers in ECS. These jobs essentially would need to open a socket connection with a remote server and begin streaming ...
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How to Define the Bandwidth in Mean Shift Clustering?

I am making a program using Java todo colo quantization using mean shift clustering algorithm and the image is RGB with resolution of 512x512. I want to reduce the image file size by reducing the ...
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How to join two sets of 6 tables and select the list into another set of 6 tables

A1 |__A2 |__A3 |__A4 |__A5 B1 |__B2 |__B3 |__B4 |__B5 C1 |__C2 |__C3 |__C4 |__C5 Given a list of A and a list of B, we want to "join" ...
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How can my distributed web service rate-limit calls to a downstream component?

Context: I own a service that's distributed across VMs, that themselves are distributed across multiple data centers. Scenario: I'm adding an API that calls a single downstream dependency. This ...
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Provide iterator while generating power set [closed]

I have written a code in C# to generate the power set of a given input list of integers. public List<List<int>> GeneratePowerSet(List<int> Set) { int setCount = Set.Count; ...
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Gerstner Wave equation from tessendorf paper, mesh penetrates itself

I have been learning to create water waves in a mesh from a paper commonly known as the Tessendorf paper. Which is quite well known. But those who don't know this is the equations it mentions in the ...
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Do we include output space in space complexity?

For example. I have a function which generates an array with random numbers. int[] generateNum(int n) { int[] result = new int[n]; /* Logic to generate random number */ ............... ...
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How a Merkle tree can work with Graph data, or a better data structure

I am looking at blockchain and trying to see how Merkle trees (or perhaps Merkle DAGs) can fit to a graph data structure with circular references. For example, say I have this data model: var ...
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Algorithm - Simulation of a soccer match

I'm implementing an App for fun. It consists of a soccer round-robin tournament simulator in which all teams play each other. A Team consists in a simple object: class Team{ String _teamName; ...
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Algorithm. Find the group of documents with the least amount of words

I need help with a problem which I have been working for the last month. I have a group of documents, each document has a set of unique words (if the word appears more than once in the document, I ...
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Calculating activity score based on log in activity?

I have a site where user logs in. I need to calculate the log-in activity score based on the age when he logged in. For example :- If user logins today he will have high score than the user who ...
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Sorting an array of ranges for display

I have an array of ranges with start and end timestamps. I want to display those ranges on a graph. Right now, my naive algorithm gets an array of ranges sorted by their start timestamp and iterate ...
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Can Mean Shift Algorithm used in color quantization?

I have a problem with deciding algorithm for color quantization. The image that I want to do color quantization is an RGB image with resolution 512 x 512. I want to reduce the color value in the pixel ...
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storage of text history and algorithm to return text at particular time

An application I'm considering writing needs to show a text that a user has edited at a particular time. So consider if we have a text the user is editing from Time A to Time X, and I want to show ...
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Performing complex searchs using C# collections

I have a collection with millions of items of Generic type T. Assume this list never changes. I want to perform many types of searches with subsets of fields of type T. Some with only 1 field and ...
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Algorithm to simplify 2D convex hull at the cost of extra area

Are there any algorithms related to the following problem that could be usefull for solving it? I have a convex hull built on some point set. I would like to simplify it (reduce number of points) by ...
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Low resolution Image to High resolution

Is it possible to scale a low resolution image to a highier resolution upto the point with minimum effect on quality, sharpness and other notable attributes of an image.
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Is my algorithm for determining whether a ipv4 is public or private correct? [closed]

I have just created a function which checks whether a ipv4 is public or not. I have not heavily tested it yet since it is kind of practically impossible to do so (because I do not know where to start)....
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How can compare two integer with only using ==, + and recursion?

Here is the original question from MIT lecture notes : Write a Spy procedure that takes two positive integers as input and returns True if the first is greater than the second. Use only the ...
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How to optimize a mixed stack/register bytecode with control flow and side effects?

I'm trying to figure out a technique to optimize bytecode for the following virtual machine: Bytecode is a flat list of instructions, with execution starting from the first instruction. Stack ...
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Is this a sorting algorithm faster than O(n*log(n))

If there are n variables each with m possible values. (For integer, m is 2 billion something.) First, map every possible value to an integer from 0 to m-1 in order. And define the mapping functions. ...
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How to determine the collection type without access to the source code [closed]

How could you determine if a collection is implemented as an array or as a linked structure without access to the source code (assuming you can run the code)?
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Difference array to range array updates

I found information that the best way to update ranges of array values is using difference array. It works but I can't figure out why it works. Can anyone could explain it for me?
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Finding an efficient data structure and/or algorithm

I am tasked with an animated graph based on a timeline, and I am having trouble finding a suitable data structure and/or algorithm that's reasonably efficient. I have a working system suffering from ...
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Aggregation of data from two Microservices

I have two Microservices A and B. B Microservice has a large set of an entity called User. A Microservice stores the User entity in its own DB if User is configured by an agent. There is no flag ...
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Why is stability considered a desirable trait of a sorting algorithm?

The common argument for stability in a sorting algorithm typically involves an example where a list is sorted by two criteria. For example: 1,4,5,7,2,6,8,9,15,65,24,27 sort by evenness/oddness and ...
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What is recommended way to create test data for unit test cases?

I am new to TDD/unit testing. I am going to write a complex scheduling algorithm in Java. As this module is a core part of our application and there are number of scenarios in it, I want to write ...
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tea bag flavors mixing algorithm

I bought three boxes of tea bags with different flavors (A, B, C). I wish to mix them in such a way that - there is never two consecutive bags of the same flavor (ABCCAB is avoided) ; - the mixing is ...
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Find two horizontal lines to minimize distance to scattered points

I am having trouble with a coding question that I found practicing for a interview: A scatter graph of points on a page, draw two horizontal lines (these lines are parallel) across the page such that ...
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Logfile correlation finder (for j4Log)

I'm currently analyzing a problem in a old "distributed" system, that only occurs sporadically - as the system does not support other means of debugging help I have to rely on the logs (I did not ...
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What algorithm is used in subtitles?

What algorithm does a video player use to find the subtitles to show at any given time? I'm building a video player that displays some notes on different times over a video. Each note has a starting ...
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Concurrent fault-safe data structure

I am building an application that aims to process ~10M data items per second. Each item is exactly 42 bytes small (including a sorting key) which means the total data rate will not be big 420 MB/s. ...
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Calculating longest trip [closed]

I have been stuck on this question for some time. Could you guys direct me or point me to the right direction for solving this problem ? We would like to encourage passengers to experience the joy of ...
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Is it possible to programmatically evaluate safety for arbitrary code?

I've been thinking a lot lately about safe code. Thread-safe. Memory-safe. Not-going-to-explode-in-your-face-with-a-segfault safe. But for the sake of clarity in the question, let's use Rust's safety ...
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How to manually model a UML activity Diagram to JSON with Qt C++?

Suppose I have a kind of UML activity diagram with 1-n forks and joins. The assignment of the individual nodes relative to each other is defined by an XML relationship table via UUIDs where each ...
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Binary Search Tree with ID and Duplicate Values

I'm having trouble finding resources for this implementation I'm trying to figure out. I want to save nodes in a binary search tree (self balancing) containing an ID and value struct Score { int ...
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How to maintain unique, customer facing Booking or Reservation Ids

I am facing trouble in creating a unique, customer facing Booking Id. It's a simple thing to do at backend where we can create a UUID and maintain uniqueness. But the UUID looks ugly from a Frontend ...
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How to identify additional space complexity

I just started leaning about algorithm design and I am now having trouble identifying the additional space used in an algorithm. For dynamic program, as far as the examples I've learnt, such as ...
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Shunting-yard algorithm

I'm interested in all the cases where shunting-yard algorithm can tell if an expression is not correctly written from a syntax point of view. So the Shunting-yard algorithm takes an expression ...
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What's the benefit of separating specialised data from behaviour in an algorithm?

Functional programming strongly suggests to separate data from behaviours (functions). However, I can't see the benefit of this for an algorithm's implementation intrinsically tied with particular ...

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