Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Dr. Bin Fu

Second Advisor

Dr. Zhixiang Chen

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Schweller


We develop an randomized approximation algorithm for the size of set union problem |A1 U A2 U...UAm|, which given a list of sets A1,...,Am with approximate set size m i for Ai with mi ∈ ((1–βL)|A i|,(1+βR)|Ai|), and biased random generators with Prob(x = RandomElement(Ai)) ∈ [1–a L/Ai, 1 +aR/Ai] for each input set Ai and element x ∈ Ai, where i = 1,2,...,m. The approximation |Ai | |Ai | ratio for |A1 U A2 U...UAm| is in the range [(1–ϵ)(1–aL)(1–βL),(1+ϵ)(1+β R)(1+βR)] for any ϵ ∈ (0,1), where α L,αR,βL,βR ∈ (0,1). The complexity of the algorithm is measured by both time complexity, and round complexity. The algorithm is allowed to make multiple membership queries and get random elements from the input sets in one round. Our algorithm makes adaptive accesses to input sets with multiple rounds. Our algorithm gives an approximation scheme with O(m˙(logm) O(1)) running time and O(logm) rounds, where m is the number of sets. Our algorithm can handle input sets that can generate random elements with bias, and its approximation ratio depends on the bias. Our algorithm gives a flexible tradeoff with time complexity O m1 and round complexity O 1 for any (0, 1). We prove that our algorithm runs sublinear in time under certain condition that each element in A 1 U A2 U ... U Am belong to ma for any fixed a > 0. A O r(r + l|)3l3d4 running time dynamic programming algorithm is proposed to deal with an interesting problem in number theory area that is to count the number of lattice points in a d—dimensional ball Bd( r,p,d) of radius r with center at pD(λ,d,l), where D(λ, d,l) = {(x1,˙˙˙ , xd) : (x1,˙˙˙ ,xd) with xk = ik + jkλ for an integer jk ∈ [–l, l], and another arbitrary integer ik for k = 1,2,...,d.} We prove that it is #P-hard to count the number of lattice points in a set of balls, and we also show that there is no polynomial time algorithm to approximate the number of lattice points in the intersection of n-dimenisonal k-degree balls unless P=NP.


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