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Bijection between NP-complete problems

If $A$ and $B$ are NP-complete problems, is there a bijective function $f$ (computable in polynomial time) such that $w\in A$ iff $f(w)\in B$?
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Subset sum solver. Worth continue working on this method? [on hold]

I have been working in a subset sum problem solver for some time. The implementation is an exact/exhaustive search solver. The variable determining the asymptomatic growth rate is just $N$ (the ...
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Balls & Bins: A punishment and reward game

Consider a game where one has a set of bins $(b_1, b_2, ...)$, and each bin has an associated initial count of balls $(c_1, c_2, ...)$. The rules of the game are as follows: (1) Once a bin has a ...
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Is the problem NP-C or polynomially solvable?

I am considering a problem of the following: Given a set $X$ of integers and another integer B, are there two subsets of $X$, say $X_1$ and $X_2$, such that $X_1-X_2=B$ ? (Here, $X_i$ also denotes the ...
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Properties of “second-order” NP (complete) languages

Reading the question Natural NP-Complete Problems with Large Witnesses, I was interested in this language: $L = \{ \varphi ~~:~~ \varphi \text{ is SAT formula with more than } |\varphi|^2 \text{ ...
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Which complexity information of Ising model is more important?

In 1982, Barahona proved that finding the ground state of an Ising model is NP-hard. Later, in 2000, Istrail proved that it is NP-complete. When I look up the citations of these two papers using ...
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Does the Cook-Levin theorem relativize?

My only motivation for asking this question is long-standing curiosity, but I am interested in seeing a proof (or disproof) that the Cook-Levin theorem relativizes. If you have a proof that the ...
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Flow networks: Push flow on either edges but not both!

I have a flow network with random capacities on edges, is there some way to add a constraint of the type (push flow on either one of these two edges but not on both)? I'm not sure if this is correct ...
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Magic constant to solve NP-complete problem in polynomial time

Let's suppose that $P\ne NP$. Is that possible to solve all the instances of size $n$ of an NP-complete problem in polynomial time using some "universal magic constant" $C_n$ that has a polynomial ...
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Geometric proof for NP completeness for a candidate problem

Is there a nice example for NP completeness for a candidate problem that can be visualized geometrically? In other words is there sort of a proof without words?
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Easier and Harder instances of NP-complete problems?

Following previous questions here and here around $NP$-complete problems (and P vs NP). Are there "easier" or "harder" (sets of) instances of an $NP$-complete problem? If yes (which i assume), how a ...
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Any result connecting an NP-complete problem with slight super-polynomial time?

Helo everybody, is there any result or research that connects some $NP$-complete problem with only slightly super-polynomial (strongly sub-exponential) time? This would not necessarily ...
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Complexity question from mathematical music theory

Fix an positive integer $N$. A row means any linear ordering $R=(n_i)_{0\leq i <N}$ of the additive group ${\Bbb Z}/N{\Bbb Z}$. Call $R$ a (generalized) all-interval row if the elements of the ...
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Proof for ACYCLIC PARTITION being NP-complete

I'm new to this site, so please pardon me for any mistakes and please feel free to edit the question to help get better answers. I'm interested in reading any proof of ACYCLIC PARTITION (Garey and ...
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Natural candidate against the Isomorphism Conjecture?

The famous Isomorphism Conjecture of Berman and Hartmanis says that all $NP$-complete languages are polynomial time isomorphic (p-isomorphic) to each other. The key significance of the conjecture is ...
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Can a natural graph problem be universally hard?

Is there a natural $\mathsf{NP}$-complete graph problem, which remains $\mathsf{NP}$-complete even when it is restricted to any polynomial-time recognizable graph class? To avoid degenerated cases, ...
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Multiple subset sum where subsets have complementary cardinality

$\underline{\mathsf{EQUAL\mbox{ }k-COMPLEMENTARY\mbox{ }SUBSET\mbox{ }SUM(EkCSS)} }$Problem: Input: $a_1,\dots,a_n,b\in \mathbb Z$, with distinct $a_i$ and $k\in\Bbb Z^+$. Output: $k$ $\mbox{ ...
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Symmetry of optimal solutions to discrete optimization problems

Given a graph, say one wants to find the clique number, independence number, chromatic number, vertex cover number etc., one knows that a solution exists. However if the solution space has more than ...
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Are there any implementations for zero-knowledge proofs of NP-complete problems?

It's been known for a long time that any claim in NP has a zero-knowledge proof for it. Has anybody actually implemented a zero-knowledge proof system for a NP-complete language? Using a search ...
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Are there upper bounds on the worst case complexity of NP-complete problems?

I have proven some problem to be (weakly) NP-complete and try to find out some algorithm to solve it exactly. Except for some pseudo-polynomial stuff, I would be happy with an algorithm running in ...
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Generalization of SAT, where we replace OR with another symmetric function

Let $\sigma(y_1,\dots,y_k)$ denote some boolean symmetric function on $k$ boolean inputs, $\sigma:\{0,1\}^k\to\{0,1\}$. In $k$-SAT, an instance is a conjunction of clauses, where each clause is the ...
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Complexity of a linear algebra problem

Let matrix $M \in \{0,1\}^{r \times s}$ ($s>r$), let function $f:\Bbb Z^{} \rightarrow \pm1$ and let $\alpha \in \Bbb Z \cap (0,s)$ be given. Is it NP-complete to decide if $\exists u \in ...
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Where are NP-complete problems if P=NP [closed]

Where are exactly NP-complete problems if P=NP? They will be definitely in P, but will they be P-complete?
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Finding the identity with permutation chains

I have the following problem: I'm given a list of size $K$ of random integer permutations of $[1..n]$, named $P_1$ to $P_K$, and an additional random permutation $Q$. How hard is to find a sequence ...
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What's complexity of this set problem which looks like “Linear Programming”?

I came up with a problem below, which looks like a linear programming problem: Given $n$ sets $S_{1}, S_{2},..., S_{n}$, with constraints of : $$ \forall i=1, 2, 3,...,n\space\space \left | ...
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How can you prove that a problem is not solvable in a certain time complexity?

One of the most interesting questions in computer science is of course whether $P = NP$ or $P \neq NP$. If one wants to prove that $P \neq NP$ one can try to prove that an NPC problem is not solvable ...
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NP-Completeness of the decision problem for the generalized 15-puzzle

I am interested in the natural generalization of the famous 15-puzzle, where you have to slide blocks until you have sorted all given numbers (usally there is a gap of 1 block). Now the ...
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in SAT resolution proofs, are all DAGs possible? [closed]

these are some probably very hard but possibly significant and deep questions related to an unusual but intriguing possible "recursive" construction/formulation in SAT, with some important "structure" ...