Andrea Pietracaprina

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A quantitative comparison of the BSP and LogP models for parallel computation is developed. Very efficient cross simulations between the two models are derived, showing their substantial equivalence for algorithmic design guided by asymptotic analysis. It is also shown that the two models can be implemented with similar performance on most point-to-point(More)
Motivated by the growing interest in mobile systems, we study the dynamics of information dissemination between agents moving independently on a plane. Formally, we consider <i>k</i> mobile agents performing independent random walks on an <i>n</i>-node grid. At time 0, each agent is located at a random node of the grid and one agent has a rumor. The spread(More)
In this work we study the mining of top-K frequent closed itemsets, a recently proposed variant of the classical problem of mining frequent closed itemsets where the support threshold is chosen as the maximum value sufficient to guarantee that the itemsets returned in output be at least K. We discuss the effectiveness of parameter K in controlling the(More)
We develop, analyze and experiment with a new tool, called madmx, which extracts frequent motifs, possibly including don’t care characters, from biological sequences. We introduce density, a simple and flexible measure for bounding the number of don’t cares in a motif, defined as the ratio of solid (i.e., different from don’t care) characters to the total(More)
We study the use of sampling for efficiently mining the top-K frequent itemsets of cardinality at most w. To this purpose, we define an approximation to the top-K frequent itemsets to be a family of itemsets which includes (resp., excludes) all very frequent (resp., very infrequent) itemsets, together with an estimate of these itemsets’ frequencies with a(More)
We develop, analyze, and experiment with a new tool, called MADMX, which extracts frequent motifs from biological sequences. We introduce the notion of density to single out the "significant" motifs. The density is a simple and flexible measure for bounding the number of don't cares in a motif, defined as the fraction of solid (i.e., different from don't(More)
This paper studies a system of m robots operating in a set of n work locations connected by aisles in a pn pn grid, where m n. From time to time the robots need to move along the aisles, in order to visit disjoint sets of locations. The movement of the robots must comply with the following constraints: (1) no two robots can collide at a grid node or(More)