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why is relativization of computational complexity so versatile?

Computational complexity has natural absolute measurement, such as linear, polynomial, exponential, etc. But observations or results are almost relativized, or relational. And even relational ...
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Algorithms with advices of huge precomputed data

My main interest is complexity theory, and I'm studying the large or huge advice of Turing machines in the ongoing work. As related to the study, I'm wondering what's known about "precomputation&...
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Baud rates applied to human communication

The systems that I design always include large arrays of data acqusistion channels, implemented with an assortment of communication protocols, all running at different speeds. I have always wondered: ...
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Complete problems for fast-growing hierarchy classes

I need examples of natural complete problems in classes $\textbf{F}_\alpha$, definition of $\textbf{F}_\alpha$ can be found here. Also in section 6 there are examples for $\omega$, $\omega^\omega$, $\...
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What does width $4$ permutation branching program correspond to?

$L$ can be computed by a family of programs over $S_3$ of polynomial length if and only if $L$ can be computed by a family of $MOD3 ◦ MOD2$ circuits of polynomial size. $L$ can be computed by a family ...
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Simultaneous evidence for $L\neq NL$ and $P\neq NP$

We believe $L\neq NL$ and $P\neq NP$. Is there any evidence which simultaneously imply $L\neq NL$ and $P\neq NP$?
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DFSA and NFSA intersection problem

Given $k$ deterministic FSAs of $n$ states the intersection of their languages is empty is decidable in $n^{o(k)}$ time is an open problem. For unbounded $k$ it is known the problem is $PSPACE$ ...
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$CH=UL$ and partial breaking of transitive closure bottleneck problem and Savitch's theorem?

Let $L^t=DSPACE[O(\log n)^t]$, $NL^t=NSPACE[O(\log n)^t]$ and $UL^t=USPACE[O(\log n)^t$. Savitch provides $NL\subseteq L^{2}$. If $CH=UL$ we clearly got rid of the transitive closure bottleneck ...
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What is the best simulation of majority utilizing $\bmod\{2,3,\dots,p\}$ gates?

It is known $AC^0[2]$ cannot get majority function. Is there a literature on simulation of $MAJ$ function utilizing $AC^0[2,3,\dots,p]$ gates for a finite fixed set of primes $2$ to $p=O(1)$? What is ...
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Is $GCT$ necessarily a negative result program?

$GCT$ is a candidate program to separate permanent and determinant through symmetries. If indeed permanent and determinant can be handled in similar complexity class would $GCT$ be a program which can ...
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What evidences are there that $PP$ is in $BQP$ and $PP$ is not in $BQP$?

Unlike hierarchy collapse arguments for classical complexity we have that quantum complexity is different. What evidences are there that $PP$ is in $BQP$? What evidences are there that $PP$ is not ...
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Analytic Number theory in TCS [closed]

Are there any applications of analytic number theory in TCS?
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What percentage of SODA papers are galactic algorithms?

Consider papers published in major theoretical CS conferences during the last 5 year, where the main result is that there exists an algorithm with some time or space complexity to solve some problem. ...
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what is a model of computation, mathematically? [closed]

Where can I find a mathematical definition for "model of computation"? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_of_computation doesn't provide a precise definition for "model of computation"--it doesn't ...
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Qubit gates in google supremacy

The gates in quantum supremacy experiment are nearest-neighbor and have spatial locality. Would this additional information help bolster IBM's argument to perhaps simulate quantum supremacy experiment ...
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Evidence that matrix multiplication is not in $O(n^2\log^kn)$ time

It is commonly believed that for all $\epsilon > 0$, it is possible to multiply two $n \times n$ matrices in $O(n^{2 + \epsilon})$ time. Some discussion is here. I have asked some people who are ...
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Evidence for $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{PP}$ if the polynomial hierarchy collapses?

We think that $\mathsf{PH}$ does not collapse, and that $\mathsf{PP}$ is not in $\mathsf{P}$. Suppose on the contrary that $\mathsf{PH}$ does collapse, say even $\mathsf{P}= \mathsf{NP}$. $\mathsf{...
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Why exactly are complexity theorists interested in closed timelike curves?

Context: There are several papers that study the implications of closed timelike curves (CTCs) to quantum complexity. In 2008, Aaronson and Watrous published their famous paper on this topic which ...
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Lower bound on alternations needed in $BQP$ versus $PH$ result?

What is the fastest $f(n)$ the relatively new result of oracle separation of $\mathsf{BQP}$ from $\mathsf{PH}$ provides such that ${\#\mathsf{SAT}}\not\subseteq\mathsf{FP}^{\mathsf{PH}[O(f(n))]}$ ...
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Is Combinatory Logic (CL) still relevant for programming language theory?

I've been reading up on R. Smullyan's "To Mock a Mockingbird" and Hindley's "Lambda-Calculus and Combinators: An Introduction". I've even read Schonfinkel's 1924 paper introducing the idea of ...
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What is the "question" that programming language theory is trying to answer?

I've been interested in various topics like Combinatory Logic, Lambda Calculus, Functional Programming for a while and have been studying them. However, unlike the "Theory of Computation" which ...
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Dequantumizability known and unknown?

Dequantumizable problems have been taking some headlines these days (for example this blog post by Scott Aaronson and this article in Quantum Magazine). What are some problems that are currently ...
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On $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ and $SETH$

It is believed showing $BPP$ in $P$ involves good $PRG$s and faces lower bound barriers. Does showing $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ which would mean $BPP\neq EXP^{NP}$ face similar $PRG$ and give lower bounds? ...
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Problems which will be in $NC$ if fixed dimension Linear Integer Programming in $NC$

We know if fixed dimension linear integer programming is in $NC$ then integer $GCD$ is in $NC$. Is this the only non-trivial implication of fixed dimension linear integer programming in $NC$?
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Possible to do Complexity theory with only counting and Pigeonhole

Most of the proofs in the book Computational complexity by Barak and Arora seem to be Pigeonhole in disguise. What are some places in Complexity theory where counting and Pigeonhole was insufficient ...
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What definition for $FPT$ algorithm for $KSUM$ gives $W[P]=FPT\implies KSUM$ is $FPT$?

In the definition on $KSUM$ problem we are given $n$ input integers and we have to decide if $K$ of them sum to $0$. $KSUM$ is $FPT$ if there is a $O(f(K)poly(n))$ algorithm for it. However Downey ...
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What are the consequences if $W[i]=W[i-1]$?

$FPT=W[1]$ does not collapse the $W$ hierarchy however falsifies $ETH$ belief. Is there non-trivial consequence if $W[i]=W[i-1]$ and any other consequence at $W[1]$?
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Monotone complexity of PLP

Blum and Nisan show Positive Linear Programming could be done in $NC$ if we only ask for approximate solutions. This paper https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/8dc7/5aa9d72864022d848c3e599c5f24d9d527e7....
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Does $P=BPP$ say anything about space complexity?

There are many streaming algorithms with sublinear randomized space but linear deterministic space. Does $P=BPP$ have anything to do with derandomizing space and more importantly but not related to ...
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From $PIT\in P$ to $P=BPP$

If $PIT$ has been derandomized then still how far would we be from showing $P=BPP$? What additional barriers need to be climbed?
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Certainty of mutual confirmation over faulty channels?

This is a very theoretical question, although I am sure the problem pops up in lots of IT and automation applications. Still, I prefer to formulate it in an action-movie scenario (a bit of the ...
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The Maxwell's Demon and Computer Science

What is the best source -in terms of quality- that would explain the argument that uses computations concepts to demonstrate that the Maxwell's Demon does not break the second law of thermodynamics? I ...
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On $PP$ and derandomization

$PP\subseteq P/poly\implies PP=\Sigma_2\cap\Pi_2$ and $EXP\subseteq P/Poly\implies EXP=PP$ $=CH=MA$. If $PP\subseteq P/poly$ then can $PP=\Sigma_2\cap\Pi_2=MA$ hold? Are there difficulties showing ...
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Why are one way functions and pseudorandom number generators considered necessary or essential for derandomization?

If strong pseudorandom number generator exists then $BPP=P$ holds and if one way functions exists then $BPP\subseteq SUBEXP$ holds. What are the best statements we have proved that come close to ...
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Is Biological Computation a theme covered by the Theoretical Computer Science?

I want to say computation realized by biological systems themselves. I'm not talking about bio-inspired algorithms, or applications in computation using living systems. This question is more about an ...
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On polytope lattice points

Given a convex polytope let the width of the polytope be $d$ and the farthest euclidean distance between any points in the polytope be $e$. Denote $\mathcal P(a,c)$ to be the set of convex polytopes ...
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Where can I seek help when I cannot understand a research paper? [closed]

Where can I seek help when I cannot understand a research paper? Instead of emailing the author since the paper is long time ago, I am preferring some discussion forum that people exchange ideas on ...
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Is there any known strategy that avoids circuits and that respects believed separations to prove $P$ is not $NP$?

Vinay Deolalikar's approach tried to randomness is not strong enough, Blum's proof tried to show $P/poly$ is not strong enough, Mulmuley's and Smale's approach (while not enough to show $P\neq NP$) ...
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Fixed parameter tractable Integer Programming and $FPP$

Integer programming is $NP$ complete however fixed parameter tractable in number of variables. Is the fixed parameter version in parametrized analogue of $P$-complete or in parametrized analogue of $...
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On status of Valiant's $NC^2=P^{\#P}$ provability program?

In here it is written 'A most interesting/controversial talk was by Leslie Valiant. He explored paths to try to prove that $NC^2=P^{\#P}\dots$'.... This was a decade back. What is the rationale (at ...
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On earlier references for $P=BPP$ and Kolmogorov's possible view on modern breakthroughs involving randomness?

Kolmogorov and Uspenskii in this paper 'http://epubs.siam.org/doi/pdf/10.1137/1132060' speculate P=BPP in 1986. They do this without getting into circuit lower bounds and from a different view which ...
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On $NP$ and $XP$ classes?

On page 33 venn diagram in http://tcs.rwth-aachen.de/~sanchez/slides/Raleigh2014.pdf it is implied that $XP\subseteq NP$. Below this there is a statement which says $XP\not = NP$ unless $P=NP$. Is ...
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What CS theories are absolutely paramount for someone new to TCS to understand? [closed]

First - I'm happy to be a part of this community. Electronics and software engineering are both my passion and my profession, yet I feel as if I'm missing a solid basis in theoretical computer science....
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P=BPP and derandomizing Vazirani-Valiant?

Vazirani-Valiant reduction is a randomized reduction from $SAT$ to unambiguous $SAT$. 1. Is $P=BPP$ strong enough to derandomize Vazirani-Valiant reduction? 2. If not what other ingredients are ...
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Unambiguous SAT and sparse languages

What is the consequence if there are only polynomially many 'yes' classes of instances of a language that is polynomial time reducible from a problem equivalent to UnambiguousSAT (such as possibly ...
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On analogies between parallel complexity and polynomial time hierarchy structure?

Is it known $\mathsf{RNC=NC\iff P=RP}$ or $\mathsf{BPNC=NC\iff P=BPP}$? Are there any analogies (such as collapse results, problems which suggest analogies such as gcd(in NC) and factoring (in P), ...
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Can message passing help in GI related problems?

Can message passing algorithms like those used in https://arxiv.org/pdf/1704.00395.pdf be useful in showing GI testing is in P? Note message passing is prominent in AI and has been tried in decoding ...
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Theoretical explanations for practical success of SAT solvers?

What theoretical explanations are there for the practical success of SAT solvers, and can someone give a "wikipedia-style" overview and explanation tying them all together? By analogy, the smoothed ...
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Implications of faster randomized $CIRCUIT SAT$ algorithm

In here on page $13$ proposition $1$ it says 'If $CIRCUIT$ $SAT$ on $n$ inputs and $m$ gates is in $2^{n^{o(1)}}poly(m)$ time, then $EXP\not\subseteq P/poly$'. Can we have randomized $2^{n^{o(1)}}...
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Converse to natural proofs theorem?

Natural proofs paper shows 'if there is a natural property not possessed by any function in P/poly then there is no $2^{n^\epsilon}$-hard PRG'. Is it easy to see the converse 'if there is no $2^{n^\...
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