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Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: best way to store matter on a large scale
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: best way to store matter on a large scale

Not so sure about the bigger plan but at least in the short term, it would be a very good idea to stop the wasteful "burning" of hydrogen on a cosmic scale. After that, power production can proceed in a careful, efficient manner, whether that is controlled fusion or dyson sphere
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: best way to store matter on a large scale
Replies: 3
Views: 136

best way to store matter on a large scale

as part of a project to delay heat death, suppose we've dissasembled every single star in the observable universe. by the way, i did the math and it would take a star like the sun 10^8 years to output enough energy to pay for it's dissasembly. what is the most energy and material efficient way of st...
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is an orthogonal diagonalization of a real symmetric matrix unique?
Replies: 1
Views: 316

Is an orthogonal diagonalization of a real symmetric matrix unique?

If we have a real symmetric matrix M which is diagonalized into QLQ^T where Q is orthogonal and L is diagonal (this is possible by spectral theorem), then is Q and L necessarily unique? Is there another orthogonal diagonalization using some Q' != Q or L' != L? I ask this because it seems many explan...
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 3681

Re: chess under duress

Yes, i'm trying to say that i'm not too concerned with the technical details and logistics of the game I wrote up in the op since the goal is to not solve that one particular game but to solve a larger class of games, all of which have the same core "issue" which makes them difficult to so...
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 3681

Re: chess under duress

i admit that the scenario in the op was a bit contrived, but that was part of my attempt to distill the original problem about a more complex game into a simpler one while retaining the challenging aspects. in case it helps, here's the original game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanabi_(card_game) ...
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Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal

So I took the easy way out and went googling. I was actually pretty skeptical there would be a solution to this, mainly because I have seen derivations for the expectation and covariance of the expression many times, but I have never seen an attempt to figure out what the distribution actually is. S...
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Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 3681

Re: chess under duress

english has less than 1.5 bits of entropy per character, so with 30 moves you could send something like 20 characters, although it's possible that an address or something may have more entropy than your average sentence. but i'm not interested in a specific scheme for a scenario where you want to se...
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Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 3681

chess under duress

suppose you've been kidnapped and your captors want to play televised game of chess. if you lose, they'll double the ransom, so you don't want to lose. however, since you are a very forward-thinking individual, you have prepared for this scenario, and have set up a system for communicating to your f...
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Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal
Replies: 2
Views: 762

distribution of a quadratic function of a multivariate normal

if x is drawn from a multivariate normal with mean mu and covariance sigma, what's the distribution of z = x.T P x (.T denotes transpose and P is an arbitrary square matrix) i suspect that f(z) = ∫ p(x) dx where the integral is over all x such that x.T P x = z but i'm not sure how to carry out this ...
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Tue May 30, 2017 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: properties of a certain game
Replies: 2
Views: 885

Re: properties of a certain game

thanks for the observations. i actually played a few test games against a friend yesterday and did notice the things you mention (though that may just be confirmation bias). hastily written code attached. in a spoiler tag, because the forum wouldn't let me attach any files for some reason #!/usr...
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Fri May 26, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 3520

Re: Superconducting CPU?

i don't see any reason why, here's the wikipedia page on it
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconducting_computing
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Fri May 26, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?

one way to get it down to about O(nk) where n is the number of points and k is the number of close-to-B points is by doing a dijkstra like algorithm. first treat the points as a graph with n vertices and n^2 edges. then run dijkstra, but start with the set B instead of the singleton set containing t...
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Thu May 25, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

Re: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals

here's the corresponding OEIS page and it provides a an alternate equivalent formula which looks much easier to work with and also a efficient algorithm

https://oeis.org/A273580

and a lookup in https://isc.carma.newcastle.edu.au/advancedCalc gives no results ;(
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Thu May 25, 2017 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: properties of a certain game
Replies: 2
Views: 885

properties of a certain game

this is a two player, zero-sum game. the state is 2 vectors and two scalars (one vector and scalar per player). call the vectors x and y and the scalars p and q respectively. x and y have some fixed dimension k. (and if it makes things easier, feel free to let k be infinite) player 1 wins if p > 0 a...
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Sat May 20, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Any machine learning folks on this forum?
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Re: Any machine learning folks on this forum?

linear regression models are pretty fundamental and widely used -- in fact, my school has an entire semester long course on various forms of linear regression. and i would bet that in terms of "number of times applied", this would be the winner two other good ones are decision trees + thei...
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Mon May 01, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

(y, y) is a pair, which is encoded as string x, so x = <(y,y)> which i've written with a bit of notation abuse as x = <y,y>
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Basic Question Involving Functions (Python)
Replies: 18
Views: 2888

Re: Basic Question Involving Functions (Python)

if the function name is fn, you can run the command help(fn) to print out instructions and information on what inputs it takes. google is also another resource
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

try to think of them as physical machines instead of programs. a machine takes in a string as an input, and spits out yes, no, or loops forever now if you try to put one machine D inside another machine M, that's not possible, because machines can only take string as input. so what we do instead is ...
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

yes, we write D to represent the program (program-use), and <D> to refer to the "string-use" (aka encoded) version of D
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Mon May 01, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

yes, that makes sense. it will help to understand the idea of encoding something often, we want programs to take other mathematical objects as input, such as pairs of numbers, lists of pairs of numbres, or even other computer programs however, formally, computer programs can only take strings as inp...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

no, i don't think so. but there are not that many programs and arguments. we have M, the halting problem solving program, which takes the bare minimum it needs! it only takes the program and the input you want to test. then we have D, the program which we are designing to mess up M. D only takes a s...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

it's not super important, but under the turing model of computation, turing machines (aka computer programs) take exactly one string as an input. of course, if you want to feed a machine two inputs, you can just combine the two inputs and put a delimiter between them. for example, you might feed two...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

what i gave is a proof-by-contradiction type proof. just try to follow all the inputs and explain where you get stuck -- there are only two machines, each of which takes one input (well M takes one pair...)
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

What I'd like to make sense of now is the program-within-a-program paradox Here's a pretty standard proof I think. I'll use <> angle brackets to denode encoding. First we suppose that we have some program M, such that M(x) tells us if the program and input pair encoded by x will halt. In other word...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

well suppose you wrote a program to multiply two numbers. it doesn't make much sense to talk about whether the program halts, because it won't really do anything unless you give it some input (the numbers to be multiplied). even the empty string is a valid input, of course formally, the halting prob...
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Mon May 01, 2017 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 200
Views: 7693

Re: Halting Problem

That is a great explanation, thank you. What I'm stuck on is the standard explanation in which one assumes that there's a program that can tell you whether any particular program fed into it will halt (or not halt). That's where I get hung up. the proof usually follows this logic: suppose it is pos...
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Mon May 01, 2017 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9712
Views: 1478756

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

just to eek that last bit of performance out of python, i manually inlined all my helper functions into one single monstrous blob of code. just about doubled the speed too, which is way more than i expected, but it still wasn't good enough, so i had to rewrite it in c++
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Mon May 01, 2017 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math/Cryptography Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: Math/Cryptography Questions

no, it is possible to quickly prove that a number is prime without trying to factor it! the first (and possible only known) deterministic algorithm for doing so is the AKS primality test https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKS_primality_test for some intuition, suppose i randomly generate a function f whi...
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Mon May 01, 2017 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math/Cryptography Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: Math/Cryptography Questions

polynomial means the running time grows polynomially in the size of the prime you want to generate. for example, if the polynomial were n^2, you could guarantee testing if a 4096 bit number is prime would take not more than 4^2 = 16 times as long as testing a 1024 bit number factoring is not known t...
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Mon May 01, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math/Cryptography Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: Math/Cryptography Questions

1. yes, it is much easier to test if a number is prime (polynomial), than it is to factor a prime (unknown if polynomial). even though factoring a prime is not known to be NP-complete, this is kind of like many other NP-complete problems, where something like finding the shortest traveling salesman ...
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Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 30617

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

I guess it's just convention really, since i've only ever seen log log n written as log log n
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Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution
Replies: 3
Views: 1342

Re: behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution

can you explain why the mixed distribution has some oher best estimator? is it based off of intuition or some paper?

thanks
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 30617

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

because a binary counter going from 1 to n needs at least log n bits. I'm not sure how cpp iterators are implemented, but they are probably just 64 bit datatypes, in which case do not actually solve this problem correctly for graphs with more than 2^64 vertices ive always written it as log^2 n as op...
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 30617

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

Yes, that is indeed where the extra log factor comes from. And it does work for both directed and undirected versions -- I was just mentioning at the end that in the undirected case, there is an even more efficient algorithm which runs in just log n space.
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Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 30617

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

i learned this algorithm for finding a path from vertices s to t in a graph in class recently: //is there a path of length at most k from s to t? loop over vertices w in V: recursively compute if there is a path from s to w with length at most ceil(k/2) recursively compute if there is a path from w ...
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Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution
Replies: 3
Views: 1342

behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution

I'm taking a course in statistical inference. We showed in class that: 1. the best estimator for the mean of a normal distribution (and probably most common distributions?) is the sample mean 2. the best estimator for the range of a uniform distribution which goes from 0 to theta involves multiply t...
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Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1293

Re: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem

wow, that looks like a pretty solid proof to me, thanks! for the last part, we can do it rigorously by induction clearly, the first path of the villian is at least as high as q1 in all countries then when considering the qk and vk (the villian's kth path), we know that q(k-1) <= v(k-1) then delete a...
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1293

Re: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem

I'm not quite sure that works out for example, consider 3 countries and the elevation of their cities: country 1 has 10 5 4 country 2 has 9 8 3 2 country 3 has 7 6 1 then your method removes nothing, and shuts down 3 airports (either in country 1 or 3) whereas the greedy strategy removes the path 10...
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1293

vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem

suppose there are a bunch of countries, each containing a set of cities, and each city has an elevation (all distinct). also suppose someone on a glider wants to visit exactly one city from every country. obviously, since she's on a glider, she can only go from higher elevation to lower elevation ci...
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Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with a 9 Variable Equation
Replies: 6
Views: 1465

Re: Help with a 9 Variable Equation

what exactly do you mean by proportion of a variable and H? is it the ratio?

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