P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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Recognizing sequences with all permutations of $\{1, \ldots, n\}$ as subsequences

For any $n > 0$, I say that a sequence $s$ of integers in $\{1, \ldots, n\}$ is $n$-complete if, for every permutation $\mathbf{p}$ of $\{1, \ldots, n\}$, written as a sequence of pairwise distinct ...
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What do we know about checking real-stability of multivariate complex polynomials?

Given a polynomial $p : \mathbb{C}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ it is to be called "real-stable" if (1) all its coefficients are real and (2) if it has no roots such that all the coordinates of the root ...
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Multicuts composed of Min-Cuts

Multicuts or multiway cuts are (edge) cuts of minimum capacity that separate each pair of a set of terminals (a subset of the entire node set). For two terminals, this is the classical $s$-$t$ mincut ...
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Communication problems for which a deterministic direct-sum theorem is not known to hold

It is an old open problem whether a direct-sum theorem holds for deterministic communication complexity, that is, whether solving $t$ independent instances of a problem is $t$ times harder than ...
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How good is greedy in average?

Given a family ${\cal F}\subset 2^E$ of (feasible solutions), the maximization problem on ${\cal F}$ is, for every weighting $x:E\to \{0,1,\ldots\}$ of ground elements, to compute the maximum weight ...
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Suppose $\mathbf{P} = \mathbf{BQP}$. Then what is randomness? Would it even exist at all?

DISCLAIMERI do apologize in advance if this question turns out to be silly, for some trivial reason that I may be overlooking in this moment. Suppose for a moment that $\mathbf{P} = ...
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$\mathsf{EXP}$ vs $\oplus\mathsf{EXP}$

In our recent work, we resolve a computational problem which arose in combinatorial context, under assumption that $\mathsf{EXP} \ne \mathsf{\oplus{}EXP}$, where $\mathsf{\oplus{}EXP}$ is the ...
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Relativized world where $L^A=NP^A$

I wonder1 whether there is a known relativization barrier against proving $L\neq NP$. Hence I'm looking for a language $A$ for which $L^A=NP^A$. My first idea was to try $A:=SAT$, but then I thought ...
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What's wrong here, or, is CNF to DNF conversion in o(exp(n))? [migrated]

I've been thinking about conversion from CNF to DNF. Assume a "worst case" CNF formula with $k$ disjunctions, each containing exactly $l$ elements and no variable is used twice. Example with $k=3$ and ...
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Are monotone Boolean functions in P well-approximated by monotone polynomial-size circuits?

Question 1: Is it true that for every polynomial $p(n)$ and $\epsilon >0$ there is a polynomial $q(n)$ such that every monotone Boolean function on $n$ variables that can be expressed by a Boolean ...
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Learning Finite Automata Behavior by Experimentation

This conjecture is from an expert in Game Theory area, I post it here to draw more attentions of TCS experts. Discussions and comments are welcome. http://gtcenter.org/WCS_Call_for_papers.pdf An ...
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complexity class of problems

What does complexity class $NP^{{(\Sigma^p_2})^c}$ mean? Can you please give an example of a decision problem that is solvable in this class?
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Complexity zoo for unary languages

Of course, some complexity results may collapse for unary languages but I wonder if there is somewhere a survey summarizing the known results in this case: a kind of complexity zoo for unary ...
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Big gaps between RAM and Turing machine complexity

If we only consider problems in P, are there any big gaps between the fastest known word-RAM algorithm and the fastest known Turing machine algorithm for particular problems? I am particularly ...
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Complexity of computing the order of a permutation group

Given two permutations $g$ and $h$ over $n$ elements (i.e., members of $S_n$), what is the complexity of computing the order of the subgroup generated by $g,h$? Or just of deciding whether the ...
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Are there links between Geometry of Interaction and Geometric Complexity Theory?

I'm very much a novice in these subjects, but Geometry of Interaction and Geometric Complexity Theory seem to speak similar language and have vaguely similar goals. Am I not mistaken? Are there any ...
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Is the computation of a minimal correction subset (MCS) $FP^{NP}$-hard?

MCS problem: Given a set $\phi$ of Boolean clauses. Find a minimal correction subset (MCS) $M\subseteq\phi$ such that: $\phi\setminus M$ is satisfiable and for all $c\in M$ holds $\phi\setminus ...
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Courcelle's theorem for bounded clique-width graphs

Courcelle's theorem states that "Every graph property which is expressible in monadic second order logic is decidable in linear time for bounded tree-width graphs". Later it was extended to bounded ...
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Resource tradeoffs in interactive proofs

In an interactive proof, there are a number of resources that can be traded off against each other. For example, verifier time, verifier space (as per this question), amount of randomness used, number ...
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Computational tractability

Consider the following optimization problem: $\max_{x\in X}\min_{y\in Y} ||f(x,y)||_2$ $X$ and $Y$ are given $H$-polytopes in the positive orthant of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $f(x,y)$ is a biconvex ...
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Complexity of max problem

Consider the problem $\max_x \;||x||_2\\ x\in P\subseteq \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}^n$ where $||\cdot||$ is Euclidean 2-norm and $P$ is a polytope in positive orthant of $\mathbb{R}^n$. Is this problem ...
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Is finding whether k different perfect matchings exist in a bipartite graph co-NP?

Few definitions first. The co-NP problem is a decision problem where the answer "NO" can be verified in polynomial time. The perfect matching in a bipartite graph is a set of pairs of nodes (a pair is ...
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ETH: k-SAT vs. SAT?

Let SAT$_v$ be the language of those instances of SAT that contain variables $[v] = \{0,1,\dots,v-1\}$, let $k$-SAT be the language of those instances of SAT in which every clause has at most $k$ ...
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Analogies between VNP and NP

Valiant introduced the class VNP with respect to "arithmetic circuits" over 35 years ago in a "rough" analogy to NP. Recently, there have been major advances in the area of arithmetic circuits eg as ...
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Can we not output the Kolmogorov complexity?

Let us fix a prefix-free encoding of Turing-machines and a universal Turing-machine $U$ that on input $(T,x)$ (encoded as the prefix-free code of $T$ followed by $x$) outputs whatever $T$ outputs on ...
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Test DataSet Generator for Monotone NAE 3SAT Algorithm

Can someone point to a configurable (var/clause count etc.) difficult problem set generator for testing an 3SAT algorithm that are challenging for current algorithms.. specifically NAE 3SAT data set ...
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What would signify hierarchy collapse to first level?

We know that $$\mathsf{NP\subseteq P/Poly \iff coNP\subseteq P/Poly\implies PH=\Sigma_2^P}=\mathsf{\Pi_2^P}$$ $$\mathsf{NP\subseteq P/Log\iff coNP\subseteq P/Log\implies PH=\Sigma_0^P=\Pi_0^P}$$ ...
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List of number theoretic or algebraic problems in various complexity classes

I am looking for a list about the known or unknown complexity of various number theoretic /algebraic problems. For example, GCD in $NC^1$ is open, factoring in $P$ is open, computing sheaf ...
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Is there a program for theory of incompleteness in $NP$?

Motivated by Suresh's post, Techniques for showing that problem is in hardness limbo, it seems that there might be an underlying theory that explains why some of these problems can not be complete for ...
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Knapsack combining sum and product

I cannot find references concerning the complexity of the variant of the knapsack problem (decision version) where one of the two conditions must be a product instead of a sum (0 not allowed). A ...
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Complexity: simulated annealing vs. quantum annealing

How do I compare the performance of simulated annealing against the performance of quantum annealing algorithms? In Convergence theorems for quantum annealing by Morita and Nishimori, it has been ...
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complexity of factoring multivariate polynomials over Fn

recently multivariate polynomial factoring has been related to Polynomial Identity Testing / PIT (by Kopparty, Saraf, Shpilka). where is the complexity of factoring multivariate polynomials over ...
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Is the Presburger arithmetic decision problem known to be outside of BQP or BPP?

Presburger arithmetic is well-known to be decidable but intractable, requiring doubly exponential time even with nondeterminism (Fischer and Rabin, 1974). I am wondering if it is also known whether ...
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Is Hankelability NP-hard?

I asked this question on SO on April 7 and added a bounty which has now expired but no poly time solution has been found yet. I am trying to write code to detect if a matrix is a permutation of a ...
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Is minimizing sum of distances hard?

The Problem Given a set of $n$ points $S = \{v_1, v_2, \cdots, v_n\} \subset \Re^d$, find a unit vector $s \in \Re^d$ such that $s$ minimizes $$ \sum_{i=1}^{n}\sqrt{\|v_i\|^2 - \langle v_i, s ...
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Second Smallest $s$-$t$-Cut in a Network

Is anything known about the second smallest $s$-$t$-cut in a flow network? Or, more general, about this problem: Input: A network $N$ and a number $k$, all in binary. Output: A $k$th smallest ...
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Is the complexity of this covering problem known?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. A vertex set $X\subseteq V$ is called critical if $X\neq\emptyset$ and no vertex in $V\setminus X$ is adjacent to exactly one vertex in $X$. The problem is to find a vertex ...
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Problems in BQP but conjectured to be outside P

Wikipedia listed four problems that are in $BQP$ but conjectured to be outside $P$: Integer factorization; Discrete logarithm; Simulation of quantum systems; Computing the Jones polynomial at certain ...
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#P- vs PP-Completeness

Suppose $A$ is any #P-complete problem. Now, $A$ is modified to obtain a decision problem $A'$ not by asking whether there is a solution but whether at least half of the potential solutions are ...
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Easy decision hard counting Parametrized

It is known that counting perfect matchings in a bipartite graph is #P-complete. On the other hand, finding a perfect matching belongs in P. Is there a problem, that exhibits the same behavior in ...
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Rigid families of $\{0,1\}$ matrices

We know that there are many families of matrices over $\Bbb F_q$, $\Bbb R$ etc are rigid. See http://mahdi.cheraghchi.info/talks/rigidity_talk.pdf Do we know there are many families of rigid REAL ...
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What is the intuition behind “hardness of approximation”? [closed]

I am reading a paper about graph matching problem. Which is, to some extent, an optimization version of the graph isomorphism problem. To my surprise, some closely related NP-hard problems are quite ...
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What is the evidence for average case separation between EXP and NEXP?

There is significant evidence from cryptography that there exist NP-complete problems that are hard in the average case (meaning that e.g. $AvgP \nsupseteq DistNP$). Namely, we have candidate one-way ...
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NP-hardness of minimum distance over a code

There happens to be this NP-complete question, Minimum-Distance-Over-$\mathbb{F}_{2^m}$ Given $w \in \mathbb{Z}^+$ and a $r \times n$ matrix $H$ over $\mathbb{F}_{2^m}$, is there a $x \in ...
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Is it a rule that discrete problems are NP-hard and continuous problems are not?

In my computer science education, I increasingly notice that most discrete problems are NP-complete (at least), whereas optimizing continuous problems is almost always easily achievable, usually ...
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Complexity of the recovery of an adjacency matrix from its square

I am interested in the following problem: Given an $n\times n$ matrix, is there an undirected graph on $n$ vertices whose adjacency matrix squared is that matrix? Is the computational complexity of ...
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Can short-distance connectivity be harder than connectivity?

Has anybody seen the following (or similar) question being considered: Can it be easier to determine the presence/absence of $s$-$t$ paths than to determine the presence/absence of short $s$-$t$ ...
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Hardness of approximately counting independent sets with a PRAS, rather than FPRAS

It is known that approximately counting the independent sets of a graph is hard, even if randomness can be used, and even if we restrict ourselves to bounded degree graphs with degree bound at least ...
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Communication complexity of Independent Set game?

Consider the following communication game. Independent Set game Let $[n] = \{0,1,\dots,n-1\}$ and let $r$ be a positive integer smaller than $n/(1+\log n)$. Alice receives a set $X$ of edges, each ...
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What are multiple rounds of SOS/Lasserre hierarchy?

Is that the same as saying the one will try to generate a higher-degree "pseudo expectation functional" by solving a SOS-program ? Or is there a difference between the two things? Or to take a ...