Category: Algorithms

Market Basket Analysis – Mining Frequent Pairs in Python

Have you ever asked yourself how the store managers decide on product shelf placement in retail stores? There must be some strategy behind it, right? It can’t be just a random choice. Almost on daily basis, you receive product purchase recommendations from variety of sources where you have left your “digital fingerprint”. In many cases these ...

Bloom Filter Example in Python

The title might also have been, “how to reduce 10 Gb of data to 1 single Megabyte”. BigData is only going to get bigger in the future. Our challenge, among others, is to find efficient methods and algorithms to (quickly) deal with  wast amounts of data, extract meaningful information and to find ways how to ...

Google’s PageRank Algorithm in Python

Have you ever asked yourself how google ranks the pages when you search something on google.com? If yes, have a look at PageRank algorithm definition. I’ll not go into much details here, but to give you an idea, the World Wide Web can be seen as a large graph, consisting of pages as nodes and ...

A Star (A*) Algorithm with Caching – Java Implementation

Route calculation is computationally an expensive operation. There are several ways how to reduce computational load on the backend. I’ll show you how I optimized my computational resources. There are times where a bunch of people is heading to the same event using the same or at least similar paths. Following this logic, it is ...

A Star (A*) Algorithm Implementation in Java

A* algorithm can be seen as an heuristic extension of Dijkstra’s. Whereas in the Dijkstra’s priority-queue ordering is based only on the distance from the start node to the current, A* algorithm additionally calculates the distance from the current node to the goal-node. Thus the ordering in the priority queue is different and the algorithm ...

Dijkstra’s Algorithm implementation in Java

The Breadth First Search (BFS) algorithm basically checks only if there is a path from node A to node B. It’ doesn’t necessarily find the shortest path between two graph nodes. Here comes Dijkstra into the game. Dijkstra’s algorithm finds the shortest possible route between two graph nodes. The main difference between Dijkstra and BFS ...