Questions concern specifically in space resources of computations in complexity theory or algorithms.

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Satisfiability for various branching programs

Clearly, SAT for CNF, formula, or many classes of boolean circuits have strong significance on the entire theory community. Branching program, or BDD is one of the most basic and popular ...
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Number of bits required for encoding variables with fixed sum?

Assume we'd like to be able to encode variables $x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_r\in \mathbb{N}$, such that $\forall i\in[r]:1\leq x_i\leq N$ and $$\sum_{i=1}^{r}x_i=M$$ It's easy to store the variables using ...
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Minimal encoding of a set (unordered collection of elements)?

Assume you have universe $\mathcal{U}=\{e_1,e_2,\ldots e_N\}$. If we like to encode an ordered sequence of $k$ elements from $\mathcal{U}$, it's not hard to argue that $k\log |\mathcal{U}|$ bits are ...
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How to iterate over vectors in order of probability in small space

Consider an $n$ dimensional vector $v$ where $v_i \in \{0,1\}$. For each $i$ we know $p_i = P(v_i = 1)$ and let us assume the $v_i$ are independent. Using these probabilities, is there an efficient ...
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Low space computation and branching program

One of the most elemental result of relationship between boolean circuit size and polynomial uniform computation is Pippenger and Fishers simulation: $DTIME[T(n)]\subseteq SIZE[T(n)\log T(n)]$. I ...
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Can $\{a^nb^n\}$ be recognized in poly-time probabilistic sublogarithmic-space?

Consider language $ \mathtt{EQUALITY} = \{ a^nb^n \mid n \geq 0 \} $. It is known that $ \mathtt{EQUALITY} $ cannot be recognized by any sublogarithmic-space alternating Turing machine (ATM) ...
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Non-deterministic logspace with two-sided error

The class BPL is the set of all problems solvable by a Turing machine running in logarithmic space and polynomial time with two-sided error; that is, if $x\in L$ then the machine accepts with ...
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Storing a bit vector in uninitialized memory and minimal space

A well-known trick for storing bit vectors using uninitialized memory can allocate a bit vector of size $n$ in which all of the bits are set to $0$ by allocating $(2 n + 1)\lceil \lg n \rceil$ bits of ...
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How big is NSC^k?

It is well known that $\mathsf{NL} \subseteq \mathsf{NC} \subseteq \mathsf{P}$, both inclusions conjectured to be proper. On the other hand $\mathsf{NP} \supseteq \mathsf{P}$, also probably a proper ...
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Is CFL strictly contained in NL?

We know that $\mathsf{REG}=\mathsf{NSPACE}(O(1))$ and $\mathsf{CSL}=\mathsf{NSPACE}(O(n))$. What is the relation of $\mathsf{CFL}$ and $\mathsf{NSPACE}(O(\log n))=\mathsf{NL}$? Is $\mathsf{CFL}$ a ...
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Super-logspace mapping reducibility

There are two well-known mapping reducibilities: polytime and logspace. In both cases, the length of the output string can be at most polynomial in the length of a given input string. If we allow to ...
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Can multipebble automata decide all deterministic context-sensitive languages?

A MPA (multipebble automaton) is a 2DFA (two-way deterministic finite automaton) that can use arbitrary number of pebbles (actually at most $ |w|+2 $ pebbles on a given input $ w $ - the input is ...
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Which results make quantum space interesting?

Time-bounded quantum computation is obviously very interesting. What about space-bounded quantum computation? I know many interesting results for quantum computation with sublogarithmic space bounds ...
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Is there any known nontrivial result on QIP systems having a space-bounded verifier?

Is there any known nontrivial result on quantum interactive proof (QIP) systems having a space-bounded verifier? The only paper I know is An application of quantum finite automata to interactive ...
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$NC^i \subseteq DSPACE[\log^i{n}]$?

The containment $NC^1 \subseteq DSPACE[\log{n}]$ is simple and well-known (assuming a reasonable notion of uniformity for $NC^1$) and follows by: start with an $O(\log{n})$-depth polynomial sized ...
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Treewidth and the NL vs L Problem

ST-Connectivity is the problem of determining whether there exists a directed path between two distinguished vertices $s$ and $t$ in a directed graph $G(V,E)$. Whether this problem can be solved in ...
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Can we show that $\mathsf{NL}^\mathsf{NL} = \mathsf{NL}$? [closed]

We know by Immerman–Szelepcsényi theorem that $\mathsf{NL}=\mathsf{coNL}$? Does it follow from this theorem that $\mathsf{NL}^\mathsf{NL} = \mathsf{NL}$? Here, $\mathsf{NL}^\mathsf{NL}$ denotes the ...
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Context-sensitive grammar for SAT?

By a classic result of Kuroda, the complexity class NSPACE[$n$] (also known as NLIN-SPACE) is precisely the class CSL of context-sensitive languages. The satisfiability problem SAT is in NSPACE[$n$], ...
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CFG parsing using $o(n^2)$ space

There are a multitude of algorithms that can parse a context-free grammar in $O(n^3)$ time. Using matrix multiplication, one can even go asymptotically faster than that. However, all algorithms for ...
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Hamming weight of powers

Given positive integers $b$ and $e$, what is known about the space and time complexity of finding the Hamming weight (number of binary 1s) of $b^e$? If $e\log b$ bits are available, the number can ...
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Simulating nondeterministic space-bounded computation using randomness

Let's suppose that a language $L \in$ NSPACE($f(n)$) where $f(n)$ is $O(\log n)$. And now let's suppose that I have a probabilistic Turing machine. Can this machine run in $O(f(n))$ space and answer ...
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Are non-deterministic tree-walking automata stronger than deterministic ones?

Update: It seems this problem has been studied and solved recently, see this wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_walking_automaton And also this survey: ...
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Which algorithm can do a stable in-place binary partition with only O(N) moves?

I'm trying to understand this paper: Stable minimum space partitioning in linear time. It seems that a critical part of the claim is that Algorithm B sorts stably a bit-array of size n in ...
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Average-case space complexity

I am trying to find problems whose average-case space complexity has been analyzed. More specifically, I am interested to know if there are any problems with a proven space complexity lower bound ...
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Is there any justification to believe that $NL\neq L$?

I wonder if there is any justification to believe that $NL=L$ or to believe that $NL\neq L$? It is known that $NL \subset L^2$. The literature on derandomization of $RL$ is pretty convincing that ...
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Is the Balanced Boolean Formula problem solvable in sublogarithmic space if the input has a tree structure?

Suppose that instead of the usual linear work tape the input is given in a binary tree structure with n leaves and log n depth, the initial position being the root. At every node, we can step to its ...
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Does LOGLOG = NLOGLOG?

Define LOGLOG as the class of languages which can be computed in space O(loglog n) by a deterministic Turing machine (with two-way access to the input). Similarly define NLOGLOG as the class of ...
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Why do we consider log-space as a model of efficient computation (instead of polylog-space) ?

This might be a subjective question rather than one with a concrete answer, but anyway. In complexity theory we study the notion of efficient computations. There are classes like $\mathsf{P}$ stands ...
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Efficient logspace algorithms

It is easy to see that any problem that is decidable in deterministic logspace ($L$) runs in at most polynomial time ($P$). Many known logspace algorithms (For example : undirected st-connectivity, ...
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compressing rarely used space

So an idea I've had bouncing around for a while goes like this: suppose we have some TM that runs in possibly exponential time, and thus can use possibly exponential space. But let's say that it ...
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If P = BQP, does this imply that PSPACE (= IP) = AM?

Recently, Watrous et al proved that QIP(3) = PSPACE a remarkable result. This was a surprising result to myself to say the least and it set me off thinking... I wondered what if Quantum Computers ...
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Does There exist a particular PSPACE Complete Problem which has a FPTAS algorithm?

It is well known that the NP-Complete Problem called Subset Sum has a FPTAS. I was wondering if there existed an PSPACE Complete problem which also has a FPTAS? Thanks in advance.
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Tight Lower bounds on Savitch's theorem

First of all, I apologize in advance for any stupidity. I am by no means an expert on complexity theory (far from it! I am an undergraduate taking my first class in complexity theory) Here's my ...
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Storage requirements for median selection (two passes algorithms)

In a classic paper Munro and Paterson study the problem of how much storage is required for an algorithm to find the median in a randomly sorted array. In particular they focus on the following ...
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Does Nisan's pseudo-random generator relativize?

Nisan proved in "Psuedorandom Generators for Space-Bounded Computation", that there exists a pseudo-random generator which "fools" space-bounded computations. Does this construction hold for every ...
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Fooling arbitrary symmetric functions

A distribution $\mathcal{D}$ is said to $\epsilon$-fool a function $f$ if $|E_{x\in U}(f(x)) - E_{x\in \mathcal{D}}(f(x))| \leq \epsilon$. And it is said to fool a class of functions if it fools every ...
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Statistical tests between L and LogCFL

Statistical tests are used to check whether a source of randomness is "good". Blum and Goldreich (1992) mentioned two types of statistical tests : (1) deterministic polynomial time statistical tests ...
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Alternate proofs of Immerman-Szelepcsenyi theorem

Immerman and Szelepcsenyi independently proved that $NL=coNL$. Using their technique of inductive counting, Borodin et al proved that $SAC^i$ is closed under complementation, for $i > 0$. Prior to ...
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Is #P contained in PSPACE?

It's obvious that NP $\subseteq$ #P. How about #P $\subseteq$ PSPACE? It strikes me as semi-obvious, since we can check whether an assignment (e.g. for SAT) is a solution in polynomial time (and ...
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Completeness and Context-Sensitive Languages.

I'm interested in two questions regarding context-sensitive languages (CSL) and completeness: Is there a notion of completeness for CSL, and which languages are complete? Are there natural CSL ...
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Separating Logspace from Polynomial time

It is clear that any problem that is decidable in deterministic logspace ($L$) runs in at most polynomial time ($P$). There is a wealth of complexity classes between $L$ and $P$. Examples include ...
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SC^2 algorithms for st-connectivity

Savitch gave a deterministic algorithm to solve st-connectivity using $O({\log}^2{n})$ space, implying $NL \subseteq DSPACE({\log}^2{n})$. Savitch’s algorithm runs in time $2^{O({\log}^2{n})}$. It is ...
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Machine characterization of SAC^i

$SAC^i$ is the class of decision problems solvable by a family of $O({\log}^i{n})$ depth circuits with unbounded-fanin OR and bounded-fanin AND gates. Negations are only allowed at the input level. It ...
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Intermediate problems between L and NL

It is well-known that directed st-connectivity is $NL$-complete. Reingold's breakthrough result showed that undirected st-connectivity is in $L$. Planar directed st-connectivity is known to be in $UL ...
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Logspace algorithms on graphs with bounded tree width

Tree width measures how close a graph is to a tree. It is NP-hard to compute tree width. The best known approximation algorithm achieves $O(\sqrt{{\log}n})$ factor. Courcelle's theorem states that ...
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What are the different notions of one-way functions?

For instance, A function that is computable but not invertable in log space, Is it one-way function? What are the known definitions of one-way functions? (especially the ones that do not invoke ...
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Space alternating hierarchy

It is known thanks to Immerman and Szelepcsényi that ${\rm NSPACE}(f)={\rm coNSPACE}(f)$ if $f=\Omega(\log)$ (even for non-space constructible functions). In the same paper, Immerman state that the ...
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space-bounded TMs and oracles

In general, the query-tape for an oracle counts towards the space-complexity of a TM. However, it seems plausible to allow a write-only oracle-tape (such as is used in L-space reductions). Is such a ...