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Large N limit of the knapsack problem

  title={Large N limit of the knapsack problem},
  author={Mobolaji Williams},
In the simplest formulation of the knapsack problem, one seeks to maximize the total value of a collection of objects such that the total weight remains below a certain limit. In this work, we move from computer science to physics and formulate the knapsack problem as a statistical physics system and compute the corresponding partition function. We approximate the result in the large number limit and from this approximation develop a new algorithm for the problem. We compare the performance of… Expand

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