Computational complexity classes and their relations

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What are the connections between P-complete and L-complete [on hold]

I have limited knowledge about complexity theory. From what I learned, DFA membership testing is an L-complete problem. However, I am not quite sure what it implies. For example, is it also a P-...
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About increasing the objective values of certificates for Max-Clique SDP

Say you write a round-k Lasserre (or any other hierarchy!) SDP relaxation of the Max-Clique problem. Lets say one now finds (or knows how to sample with high probability) a graph $G_1$ of size $n$ and ...
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What would faster Fourier Transform(FFT?) and/or multiplication algorithms imply?

There are many problems which have implications on P vs. NP and other complexity classes. Supposing that we're interested in Fourier transforms and/or multiplication algorithms, do faster Fourier ...
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Are there analogues of Specker sequences for other complexity classes?

Consider the standard definition of computable real numbers: a real number $r$ is computable just in case $r$ is the limit of a sequence $(a_i)_{i \in \mathbb{N}}$ such that (1) the function $i \...
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The complexity of the disjoint union of a sequence of complete problems

Suppose that for every $k \in \mathbb{N}$ the decision problem $A_k$ is hard for $\mathsf{N}k\text{-}\mathsf{ExpTime}$. What is the complexity of their disjoint union $A = \{ (k,x) \mid k\in \mathbb{...
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Parity P and AM

What is known about non-trivial inclusions of $\oplus\mathsf{P}$ in other classes? In particular, is it known whether $\oplus\mathsf{P}$ is contained in $\mathsf{AM}$? The same questions apply to the ...
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About lower bounding the sample complexity of a distribution

Given a joint probability distribution over a finite number of random variables (each with a finite range space) of which only a certain subset is observable, is there a notion of "sample complexity" ...
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Complexity of counterexample function and bounded arithmetic

Let $\{L^c_i\}_{i}$ be an efficient enumeration of languages in $DTime(2^{n^c})$, e.g. clocked TMs. Assume $EXP\not = NEXP$. Let $L$ be an $NEXP$-complete language and therefore not in $EXP$. There ...
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Is “two or zero” matching in a bipartite graph NP complete?

I have this problem, which I haven't seen before in the literature: given a bipartite graph and a natural number $k$, can we select at least $k$ of the edges such that each left-hand vertex is ...
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Quantum computer versus Random 3-SAT?

It seems to be commonly believed that quantum computer cannot efficiently solve NP-hard problems. What about the challenging problems in average-case, such as Planted Clique and Random 3-SAT?
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Linear Time Hierarchy and Circuit complexity

By Karp-Lipton Theorem we have: $$PH\subseteq P/poly\Rightarrow PH=\Sigma^p_2$$ So this theorem suggest it is unlikely that $PH\subseteq P/poly$. I want to know is there any similar conditional or ...
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Division by two of functions in #P

Let $F$ be an integer valued function such that $2F$ is in $\#P$. Does it follow that $F$ is in $\#P$? Are there reasons to believe this is unlikely to always hold? Any references I should know ...
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Which is the approximation class of Minimum 0-1 integer programming if only non-negative integers are allowed?

I'm wondering which is the approximation class of Minimum 0-1 Integer Programming if only non-negative integers are used. That is: minimize $c^T \cdot x$, with $x\in \{0,1\}^n$ and $c\in (\mathbb{Z}...
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Parallels between communuication complexity and complexity theory

(1) Do we know the polynomial hierarchy $\mathsf{PH^{cc}}$ is infinite in communication complexity? (2) Is there a candidate problem in $\mathsf{\Sigma_2^{cc}}\cap\mathsf{\Pi_2^{cc}}\backslash\mathsf{...
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Is there a problem currently known to be outside class $\mathsf{NP}\cup\mathsf{coNP}$ but inside $\mathsf{BPP}$?

May be this is trivial but I do not know the answer. As far as we know $$\mathsf{BPP}\subseteq\mathsf{\Sigma}_2\cap\mathsf{\Pi}_2$$ holds. As far as we know $$\mathsf{NP}\cup\mathsf{coNP}\subseteq\...
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Popular average-case complexity assumptions

Except for planted clique and random 3SAT, what are the other commonly used average-case complexity assumptions?
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Intersection of languages in NP

Can intersection of two languages in NP which are not NP complete be NP complete? Can intersection of two languages in coNP which are not coNP complete be coNP complete? Can intersection of two ...
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Consequences of $NP\subseteq P/poly$ to $BQP$

A post here Consequences of $BQP \subseteq P/poly$? queried on Consequences of $BQP \subseteq P/poly$. It is not known if $NP\subseteq BQP$. In general, what are the consequences of $NP\subseteq P/...
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Uncertainties in GCT program

In https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometric_complexity_theory it is mentioned that ".. Ketan Mulmuley believes the program, if viable, is likely to take about 100 years before it can settle the P vs. ...
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Natural NP-complete problems with high density?

(This question is related to a previous one, see the discussion in "Almost easy" NP-complete problems, but it may also be of independent interest, so I post it as a separate question.) Let ...
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Conjecture: All FPT NP-complete languages are fixed-parameter-isomorphic

Berman–Hartmanis conjecture: all NP-complete languages look alike, in the sense that they can be related to each other by polynomial time isomorphisms[1]. I am interested in a more fine-grained ...
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Is this problem #P-hard and why?

Problem: In a directed graph $G=(V,E)$, each edge $e\in E$ is associated with a weight $w_e$ which is geometrically distributed with a parameter $p$, i.e. $P(w_e=i)=p(1-p)^{i-1}, i\geq 1$. $s,t$ are ...
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Big picture in counting complexities

(1) Is there a relation ( conjectured relation) between $\mathsf{\#P}$ and $\mathsf{CH}$? (2) How does $\tau$ conjecture in complexity of factorial fit in the picture? Is there a good reference? $\...
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“Almost easy” NP-complete problems

Let us say that a language $L$ is P-density-close if there is a polynomial time algorithm that correctly decides $L$ on almost all inputs. In other words, there is an $A\in$ P, such that $L\Delta A$...
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Is there a natural problem in quasi-polynomial time, but not in polynomial time?

László Babai recently proved that the Graph Isomorphism problem is in quasipolynomial time. See also talk at University of Illinois, Chicago, note from the talks by Jeremy Kun GLL post 1, GLL post 2,...
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Are there more polynomial time problems with complexity lower bounds?

I'm looking for more problems in $P$ with classical time complexity lower bounds. Some people might wonder how you could prove such a lower bound. See below. Exponential Lower Bounds: Claim: If ...
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Potentially equal complexity classes without known contradictory relativizations

What are some examples of pairs of complexity classes $A$ and $B$ such that we do not know whether $A=B$, and we do not know contradictory relativizations either (i.e., we do not know oracles $P$ ...
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One way functions and $NP\cap coNP$

Many one way functions seem to candidates from class $NP\cap coNP$(like factoring). Is there a necessity that one way functions need to be from $NP\cap coNP$ or a specific class?
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Two DFA intersection emptiness connections to SETH & L vs P

(re "fine grained complexity") Wehar has proved that Two DFA intersection emptiness in $O(n^{2-\epsilon})$ time → SETH false. does anyone see any particular key proof difficulty, challenge, ...
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Complexity classes for problems that can be solved only from the length of the input

A tally language is a language on an alphabet with only one symbol. One can define complexity classes for tally languages, such as $P_1$ (the tally languages that can be decided in polynomial time). ...
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Is $\mathsf{NP}$ in $\mathsf{NNC}^1$?

Theorem 2.2 in "Nondeterministic circuits, space complexity and quasigroups", by Wolf, 1994 (a technical report version is available here without fee), proves that NP = NNC, where NNC is the class of ...
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Complexity class for unions of DP problems

It is well known that a language $L$ is in the Boolean hierarchy BH if $L$ can be regarded as the finite union of languages $L_i$, each of which is in $D^p$. Clearly, BH is the union of $D^p[k]$ where ...
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Advances in complexity by studying particular problems

When we are trying to figure out in which complexity class a problem lies, we usually try simultaneously to come up with the best algorithm for it, together with the best hardness reduction, until (...
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Why is it so difficult to study Sum of Square (SoS) algorithms with degree $d>4$?

In many literatures on the computational complexity of Sum of Square (SoS) algorithms, it is typical to study the degree-$4$ relaxation; e.g. Rounding Sum-of-Squares Relaxations (https://www.cs....
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What's the complexity of counting odd nodes in graph?

According to Handshaking Lemma: any undirected graph that has a vertex whose degree is an odd number must have some other vertex whose degree is an odd number. This observation means that if we are ...
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Does it matter who begins communication in $IP(f(x))$?

Consider $IP(f(x))$, in other words, the class of languages that admit a private coin protocol $(P, V)$ running in $f(x)$ rounds (often in terms of the size of $x$), satisfying standard constraints. ...
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Number theoretic problems complete for $\mathsf{RL}$

Are there number theoretic problems (such as those related to $\mathsf{gcd}$) that are in $\mathsf{RL}$? Can these also be $\mathsf{RL}$-complete problems (is there any $\mathsf{RL}$-complete ...
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What are the relationships between those hypotheses in Fine-Grained Complexity Theory?

Complexity theory, through such concepts as NP-completeness, distinguishes between computational problems that have relatively efficient solutions and those that are intractable. "Fine-grained" ...
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Does simulating chiral gauge theories lie within BQP?

In theoretical physics, there is a branch of quantum field theory dealing with chiral gauge theories. It has been conjectured by Feynman [1] and others that all quantum field theories can be simulated ...
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Complexity classes for proofs of knowledge

Prompted by a question Greg Kuperberg asked me, I'm wondering if there are any papers that define and study complexity classes of languages admitting various kinds of proofs of knowledge. Classes ...
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Is counting the words in a finite regular language #P-complete?

Almost the exact same question was asked here, but nobody proved or cited its #P-completeness! I found this question because I proved it is #P-complete (proof below), and the proof was trivial, but I ...
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A curious statement in an old blog

In http://blog.computationalcomplexity.org/2009/08/finding-primes.html, a statement is added which reads "Oddly enough we would usually prefer a probabilistic over the deterministic method to find ...
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Is there a randomized complexity class analogous to $\mathsf{P/Poly}$?

$\mathsf{P/Poly}$ captures those problems that could be solved in polynomial time given some precomputed polynomial number of constants. Is there an analogous complexity class in randomized world ...
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Which complexity class does this number theory problem belong to?

'Given $a,b,c\in\Bbb N$, is there $x,y\in\Bbb N$, $ax^2+by=c$' is $\mathsf{NP}$-complete. Which complexity class does 'Given $a,b,c\in\Bbb N$, is there $x,y\in\Bbb N$, $ax^2+by^2=c$' belong to?
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What is largest class of functions $C$ such that we know $\#P$ in not contained in $C$-generated $TC^0$?

In [1] it is stated that "It remains an open question as to whether every function in $\#P$ has $TC^0$ circuits (although it is at least known that not all $\#P$ functions have DLogTime-uniform $...
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Analogues of different complexity classes in various models

We suspect following relation: $$TC^0\subsetneq NC^1\subsetneq L\subsetneq NL\subsetneq AC^1\subsetneq NC^2\subsetneq P\subsetneq NP\subsetneq PH\subsetneq PSPACE$$ in Turing/boolean circuit ...
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How does one determine if a mixed bipartite quantum state is entangled or not?

My question is based on the structure of the NP-hardness proof in section 6 (page 17) of this paper, http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0303055v1.pdf Mathematically one can think of being given a ...
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What is the smallest class of reductions under which there is a $\mathsf{P}$-complete problem?

It is common to define $P$-completeness with respect to log-space many-one reductions. I am looking for a complexity class $C \subseteq \mathsf{L}$ such that there are $\mathsf{P}$-complete problems ...
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What is the power of general poly-size permutation branching programs?

Call $\mathsf{PPBP}$ the class of languages decided by poly-size families of permutation branching programs, which are layered branching programs (i.e., the ones defined here) whose transitions ...
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Are there works on function complexity classes not included in FNP? [closed]

Is there a sort of polynomial hierarchy in the case of function problems?