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Diameter of Cayley graphs of subgroups of $S_n$ without inverses

Babai and Seress proved that given a subgroup $G \leq S_n$ and a generating set $S$ of $G$, any permutation in $G$ can be written as a product of generators and their inverses of length ...
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Complexity of the coset intersection problem

Given the symmetry group $S_n$ and two subgroups $G, H\leq S_n$, and $\pi\in S_n$, does $G\pi\cap H=\emptyset$ hold? As far as I know, the problem is known as the coset intersection problem. I am ...
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Explicit error bounds on the abelian hidden subgroup problem

What are some explicit forms for the error probability in the typical quantum abelian hidden subgroup algorithm as a function of oracles queries? Ettinger, Hoyer, and Knill give a result that the ...
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$\ell_1$ norm of Fourier coefficients vector for the hypercube

Let $G$ be the normzlied hypercube graph on $2^d$. It is a Cayley graph and it is well known that its eigenvalues are given by $\lambda_r = 1-2\frac{|r|}{d}$ for every $r \in \{0,1\}^d$. Given a ...
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Recent progress in permutation groups algorithms?

I am interested in algorithms for finite groups as implemented in the GAP package. It seems that all known algorithms in this field deal with permutation groups/matrix groups; two fundamental ones are ...
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Generalizations of the determinant/permanent problem?

A tantalizing open question in computational complexity is to understand the 'behavioral differences' between the determinant and the permanent. While the former is computable in polynomial time with ...
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TCS oriented refs/survey on group theoretic word problem

The word problem for groups was shown to be Turing-complete in 1955 but has many decidable subcases. This problem arose more in mathematical group theory than in theoretical computer science, but now ...
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Some questions (still) unresolved about braids?

I was looking for interesting questions pertaining to braid theory. I don't know if the following are considered important, but I'd like to ask: (1) in relation with the following link, is it true ...
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Classifying noetherian simple groups by order type?

A (possibly infinite) group $G$ is noetherian if it satisfies the following equivalent conditions: (1) every subgroup of $G$ is finitely generated, (2) there is no infinite strict ascending chain of ...
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Extending the notion of independence

Background I was looking for a formulation of 'free sets' and 'independent sets' from linear algebra that would extend to groups. This question was considered here but I couldn't find a satisfactory ...
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On proving it is hard to compute $g^{rb}$ with knowledge of $r$, given $g, g^a, g^{ab}$

I am trying to prove the following Given $g, g^a, g^{ab}$ it is hard to compute $r, g^r, g^{rb}$, for some arbitrarily chosen value of $r$ where $g ∈ \mathbb{G}, \mathbb{G}$ is a cyclic group ...
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Encoding sets of permutations with a generating set and a set of excluded elements

Polynomial-time algorithms are known for finding generating sets of permutation groups, which is interesting since we can then represent those groups succinctly without giving up on polynomial-time ...
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Upper bound on the number of vertex-transitive graphs

Is there a known upper bound on the number of vertex transitive graphs on $n$ vertices?
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How to go about finding the most “complex” function?

Intro Hi, I'm a hobbyist, with no formal education, tinkering with SAT solving and boolean algebra minimization. So expect bad terminology. I hope you will forgive me I'm asking a wrong question in a ...
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Are there other proofs for Barrington's theorem?

I know that you can use other non-solvable groups, but is there a proof that uses a completely different approach? In case someone would not know the theorem: ...
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Difficulty in understanding the quantum algorithm for the abelian hidden subgroup problem

I've difficulty in understanding the last steps of the AHSP algorithm. Let $G$ be an abelian group and $f$ be the function which hides the subgroup $H$. Let $G^*$ represent the dual group of $G$. ...
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Complexity of checking if AB intersects C

Let $A,B,C$ be subsets of a nonabelian group $G$, and assume we know the structure of $G$ "fairly well" (e.g., $G = S_n$ or $A_n$). Assume that group operations take $O(1)$ time. Is it ...
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Is there a candidate for a post-quantum one-way group action?

Is there a known family of group actions with a designated element in the set that is being acted on, where it is known how to efficiently $\:$ sample (essentially uniformly) from the groups, ...
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Primitive Recursive Isomorphisms

What is the relationship between invertible primitive recursive functions (that is, a primitive recursive function that is an isomorphism) and all primitive recursive functions? Can every primitive ...
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Complexity of recognizing vertex-transitive graphs

I am not knowledgeable in the area of complexity theory involving groups so I apologize if this is a well known result. Question 1. Let $G$ be a simple undirected graph of order $n$. What is the ...
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Applications of representation theory of the symmetric group

Inspired by this question and in particular the final paragraph of Or's answer, I have the following question: Do you know of any applications of the representation theory of the symmetric group ...
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Gaussian Elimination in terms of Group Action

Gaussian elimination makes determinant of a matrix polynomial-time computable. The reduction of complexity in computing the determinant, which is otherwise sum of exponential terms, is due to ...
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Choices for the group in Public Key Cryptography

I am only aware of two alternatives for the group used in Diffie-Hellman scheme (and similar ones) where logarithms are conjectured to be hard. Those are $\mathbb{F}_p$ and Elliptic Curves. Are there ...
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What is the most efficient algorithm for deciding if an element is the least in its orbit?

Given a group $G$ acting on a set $X$ with a total order $\leq$ and an $x\in X$, what is the most efficient algorithm for deciding whether or not x is the least element in its orbit, in other words, ...
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Complexity of Membership-Testing for finite abelian groups

Consider the following abelian-subgroup membership-testing problem. Inputs: A finite abelian group $G=\mathbb{Z}_{d_1}\times\mathbb{Z}_{d_1}\ldots\times\mathbb{Z}_{d_m}$ with ...
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Do there exist groups with word problems in arbitrary P-degrees?

It has been known for a long time that, given any r.e. Turing degree, there is a finitely presented group whose word problem is in that degree. My question is whether the same thing is true for ...