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Mulmuley's GCT program

It is sometimes claimed that Ketan Mulmuley's Geometric Complexity Theory is the only plausible program for settling the open questions of complexity theory like P vs. NP question. There has been ...
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Does $VP \neq VNP$ imply $P \neq NP$?

As far as I understand, the geometric complexity theory program attempts to separate $VP \neq VNP$ by proving that the permament of a complex-valued matrix is much harder to compute than the ...
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Integer multiplication when one integer is fixed

$n$ is a parameter in the problem. For every $n$ we pick a random integer $a_n\in\{2^{n-1},2^{n-1}+1,\dots,2^n-1\}$ where $n\in\{1,2,\dots\}$. Problem: Given $n$ what is the complexity of ...
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Complexity of testing for a value versus computing a function

In general we know that the complexity of testing whether a function takes a particular value at a given input is easier than evaluating the function at that input. For example: Evaluating the ...
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Sum-of-squares proof system

Recently I have seen several articles on arxiv that refer to a proof system called sum-of-squares. Can someone explain what is a sum-of-squares proof and why such proofs are important/interesting? ...
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Identifying Reducible/Irreducible polynomials over $Z[x]$

It is well known LLL algorithm provides a fully polynomial algorithm to factor a reducible primitive polynomial over $\mathbb{Z}[x]$. Say one only seeks to identify whether a given polynomial over $\...
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Is there a theory that combines category theory/abstract algebra and computational complexity?

Category theory and abstract algebra deal with the way functions can be combined with other functions. Complexity theory deals with how hard a function is to compute. It's weird to me that I haven't ...
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Formal representation of rings in computations

While reading a paper about using algebraic methods to detect some induced subgraphs, it appears that edge ideal is an important tool connecting commutative algebra and graph theory. Since I'm not ...
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Are there known to exist functions with the following direct-sum property?

This question can be asked either in the framework of circuit complexity of Boolean circuits, or in the framework of algebraic complexity theory, or probably in lots of other settings. It is easy to ...
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Hardness Guarantees for AES

Many public-key cryptosystems have some kind of provable security. For example, the Rabin cryptosystem is provably as hard as factoring. I wonder whether such kind of provable security exists for ...
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VC dimension of polynomials over tropical semirings?

As in this question, I am interested the $\mathbf{BPP}$ vs. $\mathbf{P}$/$\mathrm{poly}$ problem for tropical $(\max,+)$ and $(\min,+)$ circuits. This question reduces to showing upper bounds for the ...
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A course for learning algebraic complexity

I want to learn about algebraic algorithms and complexity thoery. In particular, I am interested in PIT. Is there a set of lecture notes, books, papers and surveys for students who have read standard ...
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Exponential-time factorization of polynomials

Let an explicit field be a field for which equality is decidable (in some standard model of computation). I am interested in the factorization of univariate polynomials over an explicit field. It is ...
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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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Smallest known formula for the determinant

The smallest known formula for the determinant has size $n^{\mathcal O(\log n)}$ according to the folklore (or to Ran Raz in its paper Multi-Linear Formulas for Permanent and Determinant are of Super-...
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Capacity of Uniquely Solvable Puzzle (USP)

In their seminal paper Group-theoretic algorithms for matrix multiplications, Cohn, Kleinberg, Szegedy and Umans introduce the concept of uniquely solvable puzzle (defined below) and USP capacity. ...
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Explicit polynomials in 1 variable with superlogarithmic circuit complexity lower bounds?

By counting arguments, one can show that there exist polynomials of degree n in 1 variable (i.e., something of the form $a_n x^n + a_{n-1} x^{n-1} + \cdots + a_0)$ which have circuit complexity n. ...
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Expressing Determinant as Permanent

One major problem in TCS is the problem of expressing a permanent as a determinant. I was reading Agrawal's paper Determinant Versus Permanent and in one paragraph he claims the reverse problem is ...
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automorphism in Cai-Furer-Immerman gadgets

In the famous counter example for graph isomorphism via Weisfeiler-Lehman (WL) method the following gadget was constructed in this paper by Cai, Furer and Immerman. They construct a graph $X_k = (V_k, ...
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Straight line complexity of monomials

Let $k$ be some field. As usual, for an $f\in k[x_{1},x_{2},\ldots,x_{n}]$ we define $L(f)$ to be the straight-line complexity of $f$ over $k$. Let $F$ be the set of monomials of $f$, namely the ...
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Determinants and Matrix Multiplication - Similarity and differences in algorithmic complexity and arithmetic circuit size

I am trying to understand the relation between algorithmic complexity and circuit complexity of Determinants and Matrix Multiplication. It is known that the determinant of an $n\times n$ matrix can ...
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Implications of Riemann Hypothesis variants in TCS

The over ~1½ century old Riemann Hypothesis has deep implications in mathematics and a large edifice of math theory is now proved conditionally on it and numerous variants. I recently came across a ...
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Lower bounds for linear satisfiability problem

In SODA 1995, Jeff Erickson showed lower bounds for linear satisfiability (checking if a some $r$-subset of $n$ real numbers satisfies a linear equation on $r$ variables). The proof method uses ...
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Determinant of a generalized Vandermonde matrix

Moore matrix is similar to Vandermonde matrix but has a slightly modified definition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore_matrix What is the complexity of computing the determinant of a given $n \...
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True Bit Complexity of matrix multiplication is $O(n^{4})$

Matrix multiplication using regular (row - column inner product) technique takes $O(n^{3})$ multiplucations and $O(n^{3})$ additions. However assuming equal sized entries (number of bits in each entry ...
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Permanent of a $3 \times 3$ and $4 \times 4$ matrix from determinants

Let $A$ be a $3 \times 3$ or a $4 \times 4$ matrix with entries $a_{ij}$. Can someone provide me a matrix $B$ so that $\operatorname{per}(A) = \det(B)$? What is the smallest explicit $B$ that is known ...
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Cancellation and determinant

Berkowitz algorithm provides a polynomial size circuit with logarithmic depth for determinant of a square matrix using matrix powers. The algorithm implicitly uses cancellation. Is cancellation ...
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Checking if a polynomial factors into linear factors

Let $f\in\mathbb{Q}[x_{1},x_{2},\ldots,x_{n}]$ be a polynomial given by an arithmetic circuit $C$ of size $s$. Given $C$ as the input, is there a deterministic algorithm to check whether all the ...
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Find the remainder of a large fixed polynomial when divided by a small unknown polynomial

Assume we operate in a finite field. We are given a large fixed polynomial p(x) (of, say, degree 1000) over this field. This polynomial is known beforehand and we are allowed to do computation using a ...
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What are some examples of algorithmic applications of noncommutative rational identity testing?

The problem of polynomial identity testing (PIT) is known to be in $\mathsf{RP}$, but not known to be in $\mathsf{P}$. The related problem of noncommutative rational identity testing (NCIT) is known ...
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What does a private coin $\mathsf{IP}$ protocol for Hilbert's Nullstellensatz look like?

$\mathsf{GNI}$ Private Coin In [GMW85], the authors provided the famous interactive proof $\mathsf{IP}$ of Graph Non Isomorphism $\mathsf{GNI}$. The $\mathsf{GNI}$ protocol entails a verifier ...
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Checking whether two quadratic equations have a common zero

Given two quadratic equations (with integer coefficients): $x^T A_1 x+ b^T_1 x + c_1=0$ and $x^T A_2 x+ b^T_2 x + c_2=0$ The problem is to decide whether they have a common zero. Here $x$ is a ...
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(Cryptographic) problems solvable in a polynomial number of arithmetic steps

In the paper from Adi Shamir [1] from 1979 he shows, that factoring can be done in a polynomial number of arithmetic steps. This fact was restated, and thus came to my attention, in the recent paper ...
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Conditional results implying difficulty of improving upper/lower bounds for permanent

Let $A$ be a given square matrix. Is there any evidence that beating quadratic lower bounds for $B$ such that $\text{det}(B) = \text{per}(A)$ could be hard? Is there any plausible conjecture which ...
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Is tensor rank is in VNP?

Is it known if tensor rank of three dimensional tensors lies in VNP (non deterministic valiant class)? If yes, what is known about high dimensional tensor rank? In fact I am interested in much more ...
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Speed-up of Boolean over Algebraic computation

I would like to know what is the maximum speed-up of algebraic computation when we work in the word RAM model. This question is motivated by this theorem from Ryan's paper: Theorem 1.2 Let $(R, +, ...
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Uniformity vs. nonuniformity in algebraic complexity theory

I understand that the study of Boolean circuits and nonuniform complexity classes was introduced to (hopefully) prove separation of uniform complexity classes. In this sense, nonuniform computational ...
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Riemann Hypothesis and Complexity Theory

It is known that "Assuming the generalized Riemann hypothesis (GRH) if VP = VNP then PH collapses to second level". Why would one think of a relation between VP,VNP and the Riemann hypothesis. Where ...
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Sorting using ring operations

Sorting is in $\mathsf{NP}$. Given a sorted list, it is trivial to check sortedness in linear time. Is there any evidence sorting of elements from an ordered gcd domain(eg: $\Bbb Z$) cannot be done ...
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Can reciprocal inputs speed up monotone computations?

A $(+,\times,1/x_i)$ circuit is a standard monotone arithmetic $(+,\times)$ circuit with the only difference that now besides the input variables $x_1,\ldots,x_n$, also their reciprocals $1/x_1,\...
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$NP \not\subseteq BPP \implies NP_{\mathbb{C}} \not\subseteq P_{\mathbb{C}}$

Stephen Smale claims in Mathematical Problems for the Next Century that $$NP \not\subseteq BPP \implies NP_{\mathbb{C}} \not\subseteq P_{\mathbb{C}}.$$ Can someone sketch the argument or provide a ...
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Complexity of deciding whether subspaces of Z_2^n cover every point 3*x times

When studying the complexity of checking identities in certain finite algebras, I came across the following decision problem: Input: A positive integer $n \in N$ and a set of affine subspaces $H_1,...
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Recognition of a primitive root

Adleman and McCurley published a paper in 1994 called "Open problems in number theoretic complexity, II" (http://ww.cstheory.com/papers/open.ps.gz) Problem 18 of this list of open problems is about ...
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Iterative algorithms in algebraic complexity (Blum-Shub-Smale-Model)

I know the Blum-Shub-Smale model. It is claimed to provide a theoretical framework for algorithms in real and complex algebra and analysis. A very general question: Most algorithms compromise of ...
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Degree restriction for polynomials in $\mathsf{VP}$

why do we need the restriction on the degree for a polynomial to be in VP due to which $(\prod_{i=0}^{n} x_i)^{2^n}$ $\notin$ VP even though it has a poly-size circuit?
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Factoring with LLL when the form of the factors is given

Given a degree $2k$ reducible polynomial $$f(x)=\sum_{i=0}^{2k}a_ix^i\in\Bbb Z[x]$$ with $$\text{gcd}(a_{2k},\dots,a_0)=1$$ that is known to be of the form $f_1(x)f_2(x)$ with $\text{deg}\big(...
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Where does randomness help when deciding algebraic geometry over $\mathbb{C}$?

If we have a single straight line program expressing a multivariate polynomial equation with integer coefficients, the Schwartz-Zippel lemma gives a simple randomized algorithm for deciding whether ...
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VNP is closed under taking coefficients using Valiant's criterion

We consider the family of polynomials $$\{f_n(x_1,\dots,x_n,y_1,\dots,y_n)\}\in\mathsf{VNP}$$ We want to show that the family $$\{h_n(x_1,\dots,x_n)\}$$ is in $\mathsf{VNP}$. Where $h_n(x_1,\dots,...
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Commutative matrix multiplication algorithms

What is known about commutative algorithms like Winograd algorithm and its variants for Matrix Multiplication? Why is there not much study on them? Can they be asymptotically as efficient as Non-...
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Implications of a recent negative result to geometric complexity

A paper was posted in arxiv http://arxiv.org/pdf/1512.03798.pdf titled 'Rectangular Kronecker coefficients and plethysms in geometric complexity theory' by Christian Ikenmeyer and Greta Panova with ...