Based on earlier feedback, I'm creating this thread to advertise questions on CS.SE that would be interesting to this community and haven't received an answer.


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I nominate this question:

Filling bins with balls

The question can be seen as an assignment problem to SAT with only 2 literals for each variable, one negated and the other positive. The question asks what is the minimum subset of clauses that have $k$ or more satisfied literals in an assignment of the formula (not necessarily an assignment that satisfies the formula).


Flow graph that requires pushing back flow in Ford Fulkerson

This asks whether there is a flow network where, to find the maximum flow, Ford-Fulkerson must push back flow at some point. Or, is it possible there there always exists some sequence of flows that never needs to push back flows?


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