A reduction is the transformation of one problem into another problem. A example of using a reduction would be to be to show if a problem P is undecidable. This would be achieved by transforming or performing a reduction of a decision problem $P$ into a undecidable problem. If this can be achieved ...

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Reduction of 3-SAT to Vertex Cover? [closed]

Can someone explain to me in the most simplest possible way, how to reduce $3-SAT$ to $Vertex\:Cover$ ? I am following the explanation here(scroll to page 4 bottom). I understand the basic setup of ...
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Maximum weight triangles in dense graphs

There are multiple results (Vassilevska and Williams STOC09, for instance) on computing efficiently minimal-weight triangles (or more generally patterns) in node-weighted graphs. Several of these ...
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Is ALogTime != PH hard to prove (and unknown)?

Lance Fortnow recently claimed that proving L != NP should be easier than proving P != NP: Separate NP from Logarithmic space. I gave four approaches in a pre-blog 2001 survey on ...
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Satisfying two constraint with an oracle for satisfying one

Given an oracle to solve the knapsack feasibility problem: $$a^Tx=b, x \in \mathbb{N}^n$$ How can one solve in polynominal time the problem of satisfying two constraints at the same time? I already ...
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On reducing the hardness of CNF-SAT to k-Clique

CNF-SAT refers to the following problem: Given a boolean formula $\phi$ in conjunctive normal form, does there exist an assignment to the variables that satisfies $\phi$. There are several ...
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Verifying a subtlety of Karp's original proof that SAT has a polynomial time reduction to 3SAT

Stated briefly, my question is: is Karp's original proof reducing SAT to 3SAT unnecessarily elaborate? The details are as follows. In his 1972 paper Reducibility Among Combinatorial Problems, Karp ...
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Analogues of the Berman Hartmanis conjecture and the Creativity Hypothesis

The Berman Hartmanis conjecture which formally states that there is an isomorphism for two $NP$ complete languages $L_{1}$, and $L_{2}$, the isomorphism is a bijective function $f()$ such that $f()$ ...
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L-reduction From Matrix-Tiling To Minimal Dominating Set in Unit Disk Graph

Recently I read this paper which was published in FOCS2007. In section 4, just before Theorem 4.2, the author mentioned that the gadget construction of Minimum Dominating Set in UDG is similar to ...
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Is there a FNP problem that's NP-hard but not FNP-hard?

For the reductions, choose a class C such that [it's clear what FC means] and FC is not known to be able to solve the satisfaction search problem, and assume that FC indeed can't solve that search ...
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Generalized caching Problem offline version

statement 1: Here we are given a cache of size k and pages with arbitrary sizes and fetching costs. Given a request sequence of pages, the goal is to minimize the total cost of fetching the pages ...
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Is anything known about Sokoban with only 1 box?

This is intended to be a simpler version of my earlier question here. In this post, 1-Sokoban-search is Sokoban with only 1 box, 1-Sokoban-decision is the corresponding decision problem, and 1-Sokoban ...
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Improving Cook's generic reduction for Clique to SAT?

I am interested in reducing $k$-Clique to SAT without making the instance much larger. Clique is in NP so it can be reduced to SAT using logarithmic space. The straightforward Garey/Johnson textbook ...
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Polynomial-time reductions between undecidable languages

The Turing degree $\mathbf{0}'$ is defined as all languages Turing-equivalent to the halting problem. In fact any recursively enumerable language is polynomial-time reducible to the halting problem. ...
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Slowest many-one reduction?

When we want to prove that an $L\in \bf NP$ is $\bf NP$-complete, then the standard approach is to exhibit a polynomial time computable many-one reduction of a known $\bf NP$-complete problem to $L$. ...
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Sampling a uniformly random satisfying assignment

Problem: Given $\phi : \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ represented by a boolean circuit, generate a uniformly random $x \in \{0,1\}^n$ such that $\phi(x)=1$ (or output $\perp$ if no such $x$ exists). ...
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NP-Complete Convergent Reductions?

A professor I knew in grad school told me about asking his students to reduce an NP-Complete problem to another, then back to the original, then back again and then watching with amusement as the ...
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Is it possible to boost the error probability of a Consensus protocol over dynamic network?

Consider the binary consensus problem in a synchronous setting over dynamic network (thus, there are $n$ nodes, and some of them are connected by edges that may change round to round). Given a ...
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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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Limited number of variable occurrences in 1-in-3 SAT

Is there a known result on complexity class of 1-in-3-SAT with restricted number of variable occurrences? I've come up with the following parsimonious reduction with Peter Nightingale, but I want ...
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Will a non-linear lower bound on some NP complete problem prove non-linear lower bound on 3SAT?

A problem $\Pi$ is $\mathsf{NP}$ complete if there is a polynomial time reduction from an $\mathsf{NP}$ complete problem $\Pi^\circ$ to $\Pi$ with polynomial blow up on number of variables and ...
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Claw finding algorithm transformation

In Towards quantum-resistant cryptosystems from supersingular elliptic curve isogenies by DeFeo, Jao and Plut (PDF) there is a quantum-resistant cryptosystem defined. On page 17/18 is a quantum attack ...
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How to prove that USTCONN requires logarithmic space?

USTCONN is the problem that requires deciding whether there is a path from the source vertex $s$ to the target vertex $t$ in a graph $G$, where these are all given as part of the input. Omer Reingold ...
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PSPACE completeness, with different kinds of reductions

PSPACE-complete$_{FP}$ problems are the PSPACE problems such that every other PSPACE problem can be transformed to it with a polynomial time reduction, i.e. the reduction is an algorithm $\in$ FP. ...
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Reducing sorting to max-flow

Is there a linear-time reduction from the sorting problem to the max-flow problem? If so, what would such a reduction look like?
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Proof for Kolmogorov complexity is uncomputable using reductions

I am looking for a proof that Kolmogorov complexity is uncomputable using a reduction from another uncomputable problem. The common proof is a formalization of Berry's paradox rather than a reduction, ...
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Is this some variant of the Knapsack Problem?

We are a set of items $I = \{I_1, I_2,.. I_n\}$, which need to be placed in a certain number of knapsacks $K$. We can use as many knapsacks as we want and each knapsack has an infinite capacity but ...
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Complexity of Knapsack-type problem with applications to computational workflows

Consider the following problem: Let there be a set A of $n$ items $A=\{z_1, ..., z_n\}$, and let $W$ be a strictly positive integer. Each item $z_i$ has a value $v_i$ and a weight $w_i$. Finding a ...
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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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Is there a reduction from a 0-1 knapsack problem to the unbounded problem?

As we know, an unbounded knapsack problem could be described as: $\max \sum_{i=1}^nc_1x_i$ s.t. $\sum_{i=1}^na_ix_i\le b$ $x_i\ge0,x_i\in\mathbb Z,i=1,\cdots,n$ And for an 0-1 knapsack problem, we ...
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Does learning conjunctions with malicious noise reduce to learning conjunctions with random noise?

In Feldman-Gopalan-Khot-Ponnuswami 06 the authors show that agnostically learning parities reduces to learning parities with random classification noise. They also remark (among other things) that ...
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Are there subexponential algorithms for PLANAR SAT known?

Some NP-hard problems which are exponential on general graphs are subexponential on planar graphs because the treewidth is at most $4.9 \sqrt{|V(G)|}$ and they are exponential in the treewidth. ...
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Reduction SAT to a problem on a planar graph with as few vertices as possible

Let $\phi$ be CNF formula with $n$ variables and $m$ clauses. I am looking for a reduction is $\phi$ satisfiable to a problem on a planar graph $G$ with as few vertices as possible. The majority of ...
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Introduction to Black-Box Separations in Cryptography

Are there any textbook-style material on black-box separations in cryptography? I tried to read the paper of Impagliazzo and Rudich but couldn't get much of it. A previous StackExchange entry gives a ...
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Many-one reduction from inequality problem to equality problem

Let the k-inequality-MIS problem be the decision problem whether an arbitrary graph $G=(V, E)$ contains a maximal independent set of at least size $k$, that is the corresponding language is: ...
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Curious about computer-assisted NP-completeness proofs

In the paper "THE COMPLEXITY OF SATISFIABILITY PROBLEMS" by Thomas J. Schaefer, the author has mentioned that ...
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The relationship between completeness and strength of reductions

Ladner theorem can be stated as: $P \ne NP$ if and only if there exists an incomplete set in $NP-P$. Here an incomplete set is a set that is not complete for $NP$ under many-one polynomial time ...
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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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Minimal polynomial reduction of dominating set to max clique

Let $G$ be a simple undirected graph. Recall that $S \subseteq V(G)$ is a dominating set of $G$ if every vertex of $v \in V(G) \setminus S$ has a neighbour in $S.$ It is well known that it is NP ...
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Implication of lower bounds in Boolean circuit to other models of computation

Suppose that one can prove that some hard function $f$ with $n$ bit input does not admit any Boolean circuit of size at most $n^t$. Then, how strong can we say about how hard $f$ is in other models? ...
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Efficient Reduction from Min Cut to st-Min Cut

I am aware that many known algorithms for min cut problem is not by reducing the problem to $st$-min cut. But the question of efficient reduction from min cut to $st$-min cut is still interesting to ...
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Is there simple reduction Dominating Set to Vertex Cover?

Is there simple reduction Dominating Set to Vertex Cover? In the other direction the reduction is simple. Searching the web returned blog. It warns This is not finished yet and experiments ...
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Proof of an Ising model representation of graph isomorphism problem

I am going to through Ising formulations of many NP problems by Andrew Lucas. In section $9$ on page 22, the author introduced an exact Ising formulation of the graph isomorphism problem. Given two ...
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Solving problems by deciding a logic

I am curious to know when open problems have been solved by expressing them in a specific logic, and then showing that this logic is decidable. I have two distinct cases in mind: The problem is ...
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What is known about reduction by “$P_1$ interprets $P_2$” for generalized programming languages?

Inspired by this answer, let's say that a programming language is given by the data $L=(P,ev)$ where $P$ (the set of "valid programs") is a computable subset of $\Sigma^*$ and $ev$ (the "evaluator") ...
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Root finding in [0,1]

I am interested in the problem of finding a real root of a polynomial equation $f(x)=0$ where $f(x)=\sum_{i=0}^n a_ix^i$. Is it possible to give a reduction, i.e, to compute a different polynomial $g$ ...
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Graph partition with objective over intra-partition weights

I have a problem in which I need to find an optimal graph cut that maximizes an objective over weights not on the cut. I have looked at the literature but have not been able to find any similar ...
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On Equivalence of “gen-CONF” problem and “DH-exp-inv” problem

Let $g$ be a generator of a group of prime order $p$; $a,b ∈_R Z_p^+$ Consider an Algorithm $\mathcal{A}$ which on input $g,g^a,g^{ab}$ outputs $g^{br},r$, for some non zero $r ∈ Z_p$ And an ...
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NP-hardness proof: looking for some good restricted np-hard problems

To show the NP-hardness of a problem, one need to choose a known NP-hard problem and find a polynomial reduction from the known problem to his problem in hand. Theoretically, any NP-hard problem can ...
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Should reductions make us more or less optimistic for the tractability of a problem?

It seems to me that most complexity theorists generally believe the following philosophical rule: If we can't figure out an efficient algorithm for problem $A$, and we can reduce problem $A$ to ...
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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 ...