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Correctness proofs of classic Paxos and Fast Paxos

I am reading the "Fast Paxos" paper by Leslie Lamport and get stuck with the correctness proofs of both classic Paxos and Fast Paxos. For consistency, the value $v$ picked by the coordinator in phase ...
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Correctness proof of recursive-descent recognizer

Let G be a grammar that contains no left-recursive rules, and we use a recursive-descent recognizer that uses full backtracking, using list of results for example, to recognize strings of G. How ...
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Proof of convergence of alternative minimization/maximization [duplicate]

Given a problem \begin{equation} \max_{x\in X} \min_{y \in Y} f(x,y) \end{equation} where $f$ is strongly convex in $Y$ and strongly concave in $X$ How to show that the following iterative ...
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Would an optimal sorting network ever have to swap two numbers the “wrong” way

Intuitively it seems like an optimal (either minimum depth or minimum gates) sorting network should never have to compare-swap two numbers the "wrong" way (such that the larger one goes into the ...
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Famous computer science results which correctness is uncertain?

I am asking the following: which of the 'famous' computer science results have been thoroughly checked, and for which ones is the correctness still uncertain? I understand that some proofs are hard ...
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The random densification technique-JL lemma

In Ailon's paper (p.3): How $1/(20nd)$ is obtained?
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Whether no local degeneracy in PLC implies edge-protection?

In a paper on Constrained Delaunay tetrahedralization (Meshing Piecewise linear complexes with Constrained Delaunay tetrahedralizations), in section 3, in proof of theorem 2, author claims that if ...
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Equational Logic and First Order Predicate Logic

I am interested in using Equational Theories (ET) together with Equational Logic (EL) found in algebraic specification languages such as CafeOBJ . I wish to use ET+EL to represent and prove ...
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A self-contained proof that OrdHorn relations are tractable?

I'm currently investigating a family of temporal relations called 'Ordered Horn' ($OH$ for short). This class was introduced in 'Reasoning about Temporal Relations: A Maximal Tractable Subclass of ...
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Randomly Discovered Algorithm/Counterexample

I was reading Scott Aaronson's blog, and one of the comments sparked a question. "if P!=NP, this would be a general, conceptual result, so you’d expect the proof to be explanatory and in particular ...
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Proof-techniques for the hardness of optimization problems (esp. Polynomial time)

I've given an optimization problem for which I want to show that it is solvable in polynomial time. Now, I have two questions: Can this be done by formulating a mixed-integer linear program such ...
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Natural theorems proven only “to high probability”?

There are plenty of situations where a randomized "proof" is much easier than a deterministic proof, the canonical example being polynomial identity testing. Question: Are there any natural ...
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Complexity of counting the number of edge covers of a graph

An edge cover is a subset of edges of a graph such that every vertex of the graph is adjacent to at least one edge of the cover. The following two papers say that counting edge covers is #P-complete: ...
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Is it worthwhile to try to prove a conjecture by mapping it to a Turing machine?

Lets assume the proof of a conjecture, for example, the famous Goldbach conjecture. Is it possible to try to prove or disprove such a conjecture by devising a Turing machine that accepts if the proof ...
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Proof Haar matrices satisfy JL lemma

The Johnson-Lindenstrauss lemma says roughly that for any collection $S$ of $n$ points in $\mathbb{R}^d$, there exists a linear map $f:\mathbb{R}^d \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^k$ where $k = O(\log ...
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Propositions, Equations and Rewriting

Below are three Maude modules based on an example of propositional calculus from Gries & Schneider . I am attempting to express the propositions from the example in Maude to show a tautology and do ...
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Prove algorithm non-existence: keep order of items with single item modification

On Stackoverflow, user asked a question about a data structure that would allow to keep an ordering for a set of items, with the condition of limited memory and only one item can be modified at a ...
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Proof Strategies on P versus BPP

Typically to show $P=NP$, one has to show an NP complete problem has a polynomial time solution and to show $P\neq NP$, has to show an NP complete problem has superpolynomial lower bound. These are ...
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On the provability of P versus NP

First of all, my understanding on Gödel's incompleteness theorem (and formal logic in general) is very naive, also is my knowledge on theoretical computer science (meaning only one graduate course ...
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What can we say about a fixed point for a provability predicate in deductively defined theory that satisfies diagonalisation lemma

I am wondering whether this is the right site to ask this question, but since it involves proof and diagonalisation, hopefully it is the right place. I am curious and trying to reason about what ...
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Explanation of 1-generic to prove undecidability of halting problem

This question is about an answer in question Are there any proofs the undecidability of the halting problem that does not depend on self-referencing or diagonalization ? Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen ...
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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" ...
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Proofs found by computer

In 1996, a long-standing open problem was solved by a computer; namely, that Robbins algebra and Boolean algebra are the same. The proof was found by an automated theorem prover. Moreover, the known ...
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Are there non-constructive algorithm existence proofs?

I remember I might have encountered references to problems that have been proven to be solvable with a particular complexity, but with no known algorithm to actually reach this complexity. I struggle ...
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Proof of Levenshtein distance

In the article Levenshtein distance Wikipedia says about the proof of invariant that: This proof fails to validate that the number placed in d[i,j] is in fact minimal; this is more difficult to ...
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What progress has been made to prove whether or not p=np? [closed]

I know that it is still one of the biggest mysteries of computer science whether non-deterministically polynomial problems can be solved in polynomial time. I am curious to know what makes this ...
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Implications of unprovability of $P\neq NP$

I was reading "Is P Versus NP Formally Independent?" but I got puzzled. It is widely believed in complexity theory that $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{NP}$. My question is about what if this is not ...
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Quantum proofs of classical theorems

I'm interested in examples of problems where a theorem which seemingly has nothing to do with quantum mechanics/information (e.g. states something about purely classical objects) can nevertheless be ...
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Why is Feige-Fiat-Shamir not Zero Knowledge without sign bits?

In chapter 10 of HAC (10.4.2), we see the well-known Feige-Fiat-Shamir identification protocol based on a zero-knowledge proof using the (presumed) difficulty of extracting square roots modulo a ...
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Can we infer the next player in chess from the current board configuration?

Presume that a program memory only includes the current state for instance of a chess board. Does it need the variable which player, black or white, has the next turn to move or is it redundant ...
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Proof of the pumping lemma for context-free languages using pushdown automata

The pumping lemma for regular languages can be proved by considering a finite state automaton which recognizes the language studied, picking a string with a length greater than its number of states, ...
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What's wrong with this proof that NP=Co-NP implies NP=PSPACE

Below is a short informal proof that NP=co-NP implies NP=PSPACE. What's wrong with the proof? Assuming NP=co-NP, an instance F of TQBF can be solved by a polynomial NDTM this way: ...
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More elementary proof of coloring theorem for d x d^2 rectangles

The following is known: For all $c$, for all $c$-colorings of $N\times N$ there exists a $d \times d^2$ rectangle ($d \ge 2$) such that all four corners are the same color. The proof uses the ...
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Proofs obtained only through spectral graph theory

I have an increasing interest in spectral graph theory, which I find fascinating, and I've started collecting a few documents that I have yet to read more thoroughly than what I so far have. However, ...
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No Fair Merge via Nondeterminstic Data Flow Streams

While reading Wikipedia, I ran across a proof given on Unbounded Nondeterminism that I do not understand. The proof is given as, An example of the role of fair or unbounded nondeterminism in the ...
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Geometric / Visual explanation that the average height of a random binary tree of given size $n$ is asymptotically $2\sqrt{\pi n}$

I just finished reading the proof that the average height of a random binary of given size $n$ is asymptotically $2\sqrt{\pi n}$. I'm now searching for an intuitive, or geometric, or visual proof of ...
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Alternative Turing Machine Proofs

I am asking this question again. I am aware of, and have read the other similar "alternative proof TM" questions, but unfortunately, they do help me. I am looking for a TM Halting Problem proof that ...
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Is there an alternative proof of the TM Halting Problem other than the “standard” one? [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone is aware of a proof of the Halting Problem that is not just a permutation of the "standard" proof. Since there are so many formulations of this proof, rather than pick a ...
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An Interactive Proof of God's Number?

I've been learning about interactive proofs lately and I've been wondering if the whole thing was nothing more than a theoretical curiosity, or if it had any practical applications. I thought I'd ...
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Proofs that expose a deeper structure

The standard proof of the Chernoff bound (from the Randomized Algorithms textbook) uses the Markov inequality and moment generating functions, with a bit of a Taylor expansion thrown in. Nothing too ...
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Are there any proofs the undecidability of the halting problem that does not depend on self-referencing or diagonalization ?

This is a question related to this one. Putting it again in a much simpler form after a lot of discussion there, that it felt like a totally different question. The classical proof of the ...
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Simple proof of Ω(n lg n) worst-case bound for uniqueness/distinctness?

There are several proofs for the loglinear lower bound for the element uniqueness/distinctness problem (based on algebraic computation trees or adversarial arguments), but I'm looking for one that's ...
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Rigour leading to insight

On MathOverflow, Timothy Gowers asked a question titled "Demonstrating that rigour is important". Most of the discussion there was about cases showing the importance of proof, which people on ...
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What techniques are used for proving algorithms optimal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Problems that can be used to show polynomial time hardness results Given a polynomial time algorithm, what techniques are known for proving that an algorithm is optimal? ...
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Where do I turn for help with research/publishing?

I have been developing a SAT algorithm for a while, and have reached a point where I'd like to share it. I don't know many people in computer science, and I'm not sure exactly where to turn. I'm ...
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Proofs, Barriers and P vs NP

It is well known that any proof resolving the P vs NP question must overcome relativization, natural proofs and algebrization barriers. The following diagram partitions the "proof space" into ...
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What would it mean to disprove Church-Turing thesis?

Sorry for the catchy title. I want to understand, what should one have to do to disprove the Church-Turing thesis? Somewhere I read it's mathematically impossible to do it! Why? Turing, Rosser etc ...
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Where and how did computers help prove a theorem?

The purposes of this question is to collect examples from theoretical computer science where the systematic use of computers was helpful in building a conjecture that lead to a theorem, falsifying a ...