An algorithm is a sequence of well-defined steps that defines in abstract the solution to a problem.

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Replace interior of matrix with zeros

I have f.e. the following square matrix: ...
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Write a number as the product of its two largest divisors

For even n >= 10 && n <= 98 I want to write n as the product of its two largest divisors (excluding ...
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What's a non-trivial Mathematica program involving conscious choice of stack vs. queue data structure?

In a typical computer science algorithms course, much attention is given to the discussion of queues vs. stacks as a data structure programmers need to consciously choose from to achieve algorithmic ...
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Efficient way to build a certain quadratic matrix

For odd n I'm looking for a short and swift way to construct with (f.e.) n = 3 n = 11 ...
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Implementing Kane's Subset Sum Algorithm

In the following paper, D. Kane describes an algorithm for subset sum that runs in logspace: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1012.1336v2.pdf. I am trying to implement it ...
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Can Mathematica solve $x^{b^2} + ax^b -1 = 0$ for $x$ with $a>0$, $b>1$?

I have a problem that I can't seem to solve neither analytically nor with Mathematica. Namely, I have the expression $$x^{b^2} + ax^b - 1= 0,$$ which I want to solve for $x$ with $a>0$, $b>1$. ...
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How do I find the all valid pairings between two sets?

I have a pretty hard problem to solve here, and I have no idea how to start. I have X kind of fruits and 5 colors (let's say Red, Green, Yellow, Blue and Purple). Each fruit can be available in ...
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Detecting patterns of black and white stones on a 2D board

I'm writing a program to play a game of Pente, and I'm struggling with the following question: What's the best way to detect patterns on a two-dimensional board? For example, in Pente a pair of ...
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How write this Function with many arguments? [duplicate]

F[x1_,x2_,...,x99_]:=expr How to write this Function in mathematica whithout complete write it?
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How to determine three last bindings made to a variable when evaluating an expression?

How can I create a list of bindings made to a certain variable when evaluating an expression? I want to determine three bindings made.
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Generating the set of all strings within a fixed edit distance of a initial string?

Provided a starting string initialString, and a particular alphabet of allowed characters {"A","B","C","D","E",...}, how can I ...
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Bresenham's line algorithm

Bresenham's line algorithm is producing discretized line for given two points for purpose of plotting for example. Like that: I have to stress that I'm interested in positions, not a plot. ...
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Challenge: Speeding up MaxDetect for application in 3D blob detection

In image segmentation it is a common problem that objects appear clustered and are therefore undistinguishable from each other when using simple algorithms. Based on this post I obtained efficient ...
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how to write my own interpolation method

I was comparing results of spline interpolation in Mathematica and C++/gsl-library Results of interpolation are different if I use: ...
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Implementation of a Hanning filter

I'm implementing a package for in-house signal processing. I wrote here a quite trivial function implementing a Hanning windowing of the signal. ...
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A* algorithm for finding shortest path in a graph

FindShortestPath finds the shortest path between two vertices in an edge-weighted graph, allowing a choice between the Dijkstra and Bellman-Ford algorithms. In my (limited) understanding, both of ...
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Algorithm in RandomChoice[{w1,w2,…}->{e1,e2,…},n]?

I wonder if someone happens to know the actual algorithm implemented in the particular overload of RandomChoice that handles explicitly presented discrete ...
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Generate encoding from nested list

Taking reference of Huffman code algorithm, ...
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Generated Numbers under a constraint?

Let's say I have five four dimensional vectors $p_i^\mu=(p_i^1,p_i^2,p_i^3,p_i^4)$ with $i=1,2,3,4,5$. Now, I want to fill the entries of these vectors ($4\cdot5=20$ in total) with some numbers, but ...
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Fastest way to check if an expression contains all symbols from a list

I need to execute this function thousands of times, and the faster, the better. I came up with two versions, but wanted to see if you can come up with an even faster way. Is there a better way? I use ...
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Creating a function with integral zeroes of the 0th, 1st, and 2nd derivatives

I would like to be able to randomly generate functions, each of which satisfies $f : [-10, 10] \rightarrow [-10, 10]$ All the zeroes, critical points, and inflection points have an integral ...
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Specific Mathematica algorithms, for example LU Decomposition

Where I can find detailed information on algorithms used by Mathematica, especially for numerical methods. The Manual doesn't seem to iclude specifics in most cases. For example I get a different LU ...
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Checking whether a number can be composed from the cube of its digit

How to check whether or not the sum of the cube of each digit of a number is equal to the number itself? In the following code, I tried to return the number in question whenever it matches the ...
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Using mathematica to discover algorithms?

In Steven Wolfram's blog entries, he discusses using mathematica to discover algorithms. I have tried several different google searches for papers on such topics, and have found none. I suspect this ...
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Check if a matrix is Positive Semidefinite

I have a question concerning the check whether a given matrix is positive semidefinite or not. In mathematica the function PositiveDefiniteMatrixQ[m] tells me ...
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What algorithm and tools should I use to search a data set for the point nearest to a given point?

I have about 1,000,000,000 points, which are the longitudes and latitudes of some places in a city, formatted like this: $(106.1231233,41.43234234)$. I also have about 20,000 points which are the ...
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Write 199319989756262759279209 = 5x + y, where x and y are integers

$\frac{199319989756262759279209}{5} $ = $ 3.9864\times 10^{22}$ according to Mathematica, but I would like to see this number exactly in decimal form (not in scientific notation). I'm attempting to ...
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How does Accumulate work?

Accumulate can be used to compute the partial sums of a list. The partial sums can also be computed using a For loop but this ...
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Generate a Random Polygon

Does some package exist with a function that takes a parameter $n$ and generates a random 2D $n$-sided simple polygon (convex or non-convex), possibly within a certain bounding box? It does not ...
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Parallelizing or optimizing a script for calculating the size of all pairwise intersections between collections of sets

I need to speed up or parallelize an operation that looks essentially like this: ...
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Behavior of Graphics`Mesh`InPolygonQ with self-intersecting polygons

Playing around with some of the answers in the question How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon? I noticed that: Graphics`Mesh`InPolygonQ[poly,pt] Displays ...
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Calculating the median difference between elements with a (particular pair) of consecutive integer indices residing in the same sublist

NOTE: I formally made a serious mistake in the first example provided. pointLists[[1]] had an extra element, and we should have a guarantee that ...
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A fast way to calculate the median difference between pairs of elements

I have a list of coordinate pairs, take for example the following list of three pairs: ...
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Faster way to test if an expression equals zero

I want to test if expressions (mix of variables, functions and numbers) are zero valued, as fast as possible, and PossibleZeroQ is sometimes very slow. One solution ...
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Is there a way to parallelize the convolution component of EdgeDetect?

Provided an image like - test = Import["http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Sunflowers.jpg"] We can run ...
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Efficiently determining if a morphological component overlaps a polygon with vertices at real number coordinates

I have a list of morphological components $m$, a set of vertices for a polytope $P$ (at real number coordinates), and I'd like to be able to calculate a list of morphological components $m'$ that ...
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Implementing an algorithm for finding the largest circle that contains a single point in a set (and no other point)

This question concerns the implementation of an algorithm proposed by Rahul Narain on a former question of mine that was migrated to math.stackexchange: ...
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Computing the mean difference between elements in a list with index $i$ and the closest elements with index $(i+1)$

I have a list that looks like this: preprocessedList = {{1,5.3},{1,5.566},{1,1.4322},{2,3.443543},{2,3.444},{3,0.1223},{4,1.3243},{4,1.554343}} Each element in ...
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How to partition a list to make each subset's size equal and mean as close as possible

Suppose we have 3 lists each with 18 numbers like this: ...
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Underlying Algorithms for List Manipulation Functions

Does anyone know, or know of a link for the underlying algorithms used for list manipulation functions? Specifically: Union with and without the ...
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Partitioning a superset of coordinates into subsets that generate continuous curves

Consider the data set corresponding to recorded trajectories for a particle: ...
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Pruning elements in an array based on the existence of similar elements in adjacent arrays

Imagine I have a series of particles floating around in $\mathrm{R}^3$, where, at any given time, particles can pop into and out of existence. Here, for some number of time points, $(t_1, \dots, ...
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Reversibly merging sets of $k$ adjacent elements in an array

Say I have an array of the form: ExampleArray = {{1}, {2}, {3}, {4}, {5}, {6}, {7}, {8}, {9}, {10}, {11}, {12}}; I'd like to be able to reversibly merge sets of ...
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Partitioning an integer into $k$ equal parts

Say I have an integer $M$. Is there a one-line command to create a partition of $M$ into $k$ integers s.t. the difference between any two integers is as small as possible? For example, with $M = ...
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Finding a fixed vector which minimizes the pairwise distance between noisy elements in two unordered arrays

Let $A$ and $B$ be two sets of $d$-dimensional coordinates of comparible (though not necessarily equal length). For example, here we can set $d = 3$ and have normalized values like: ...
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Finding a mapping between elements in two lists that satisfy some criterion (such as being less than threshold Euclidean distance apart)?

I have two lists of $d$-dimensional coordinates, for example setting $d=3$ we might write: ...
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Efficiently determining the largest minimum cost to travel from a fixed source to an arbitrary sink in a weighted graph

Let $v_i$ be a vertex in a graph $G$ with vertices $(v_1,...,v_N) \in V$ and edges $(e_1,...,e_M) \in E$ with associated weights $(w_1,...,w_M)$. Let $v_s \in V$ be specified vertex in the graph. In ...
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Returning lists of pixels connected through their Moore neighborhoods

I have a binarized image in Mathematica 9, and I would like to generate a list of coordinates for clusters of pixels connected through their Moore neighborhoods, e.g. ...
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Understanding the computation of the geometric median

In the Wolfram Demonstration Fermat Point for Many Points, it appears that the geometric median is being calculated for an arbitrary set of five manipulable points. How might one extend this ...