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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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Pseudodeterministically choosing elements from efficiently samplable distributions (or, the plausibility of a weak choice principle)

Suppose we have a poly-time samplable family of distribution. I.e., a family of distributions $D_n \subseteq \{0, 1\}^{\mathsf{poly}(n)}$ and an algorithm $S$ for which $D_n = (r \leftarrow^\$ \{0,1\}^...
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Sorting a programs instructions until it works

Lets say I have a computer program below. (define (factorial x) (if (= x 0) 1 (else (* x (factorial (- x 1))))) I then take each line of the ...
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Formal definition of alternative logarithic space turing machine

In barak and arora and other references I found the formal definition for alternative machines and NL but there is no formal definition for AL. NL definition : there is a read only tape for input and ...
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Distributions which are intractable to sample from?

I'm looking for an interesting family of probability distributions $P$ that is intractable to efficiently sample from. I'm not sure what the right notion of intractable is, though I know the notion ...
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Can we replace deterministic part of alternative turing machine with some other equivalent machines?

I'm sorry if it is a low level question but I am so confusing. If $DTime(n)\subseteq \Sigma_2Time(n^{0.2})$ then $DTime(n) \subseteq \Sigma_2DTime(n^{0.2})$ Is this true that $\Sigma_2DTime(n^{0.2})...
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Is $\textbf{BPP} \subseteq \textbf{P}^{\textbf{NP}}$?

Is it known that $\textbf{BPP} \subseteq \textbf{P}^{\textbf{NP}}$?
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Relationship of the P=PSPACE problem to alternating complexity classes

From a very naive point of view of someone who haven't studied complexity theory in depth, I am wondering whether the theorems that APSPACE=EXPTIME and AP=PSPACE have any derived results on separating ...
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Can we efficiently distinguish between P and BPP?

Let's say algorithm $D$ distinguishes $BPP$ from $P$ if there exists a language $L \in BPP$ such that for all $A \in PTM$, $$D(\langle A\rangle) \in L \leftrightarrow D(\langle A \rangle) \notin L_A$$...
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Two short proofs resulting in coNP=NP. True? [on hold]

A globally deterministic notion of validity is used. Essentially, the declaration is that any one of all possible solutions can be used to return an answer by the coNP(resp. NP) program. If some ...
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A variant of hitting set: finding a matching to hit all edge sets

In general, the hitting set problem is given a family $\cal S$ of sub-sets, $\{S_1, \cdots, S_h\}$, and a universal set $U = \bigcup_{i\in [1,h]} S_i$. It asks for a minimum set $H \subseteq U$ ...
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Deciding whether an interval contains a prime number

What is the complexity of deciding whether an interval of the natural numbers contains a prime? A variant of the Sieve of Eratosthenes gives an $\tilde O(L)$ algorithm, where $L$ is the length of the ...
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Max cut problem between two connected subgraphs

Let $G$ be a connected graph. Consider the problem of finding a partition $G = A \cup B$ into connected subgraphs, so that the cut between $A$ and $B$ is maximized. Is there anything which is known ...
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Restricted Universe Exact Cover

Apologies for a simple question - I am a beginning graduate student in TCS. Consider the following $\mathrm{ExactCover}$ problem: Given a collection $\mathcal{S}$ of subsets of a universe set $U$ and ...
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Min cut problem on unbalanced partitions for planar graphs with unit capacity edges

The question is: given a planar graph $G$ with unit capacity edge weights and a fixed positive integer $k$, what is an approximation algorithm for finding the minimum size of a cut $(A,B)$ with $|A|=k$...
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How “hard” is it to maximize a polynomial function subject to linear constraints?

General Problem Suppose we have a multivariate polynomial function $f(\mathbf{x})$, and several linear functions $\ell_i(\mathbf{x})$. What is known about the complexity of solving the following ...
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Simulate a heap in linear time

Is there anything in the literature on the following problem?: Take a sequence of operations of Insert(element) and PopMin and ...
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What is consequence of $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$?

What is consequences of $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$? We don't even know PH is equals to L or not. I am wondering what will be happened when $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$?
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Average-case analogue of Small-bias Spaces

Recall that an $\epsilon$-biased space is a set $S \subset \{0,1\}^n$ such that for every non-zero linear test $\alpha \in \{0,1\}^n \setminus \{0\}^n$, the expected bias $$| \mathbb{E}_{x \in S} [ (-...
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What does “hold uniformly” mean in the context of asymptotic analysis?

What does "hold uniformly" mean in the statement of Theorem 1.7 in A Faster Subquadratic Algorithm for Finding Outlier Correlations? Here's the theorem text ("hold uniformly" is in the last line):
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Critical Assignments vs Read-Once Branching Programs - Reference Request

Straight to the point: I'm looking for a reference for the fact that the complexity of a read-once branching program solving the search problem for an unsatisfiable formula $F$ is at least the ...
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Are there any known functions in NC2 but not in TC1?

Uniform TC1 is known to be in Catalytic Logspace. To improve the lower bound, we are looking for some functions known to be in NC2 but not in TC1. Also, what are some of the natural functions known ...
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Nondeterminism is on average useless for circuits?

Savický and Woods (The Number of Boolean Functions Computed by Formulas of a Given Size) prove the following result. Theorem[SW98]: For every constant $k>1$, almost all boolean functions with ...
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An explicit hard function for P/poly

It is known that $\textbf{MA}_{\textbf{EXP}} \not\subset \textbf{P/poly}$. Is it known any explicit language from $\textbf{MA}_{\textbf{EXP}}$ that does not belongs to $\textbf{P/poly}$? (An example ...
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How to make any graph 2-degenerate?

I have to show a PPT(polynomial time reduction) from 'Colorful graph Motif' to '2-Degenerate Steiner Tree'. As input graph should be 2-degenerate, but here is normal graph G (that is, basically an ...
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Complexity of extending $P_4 $-partition of cubic graphs

This is a question I posted on MathOverflow before but never got an answer. I am cross-posting it here. Surprising phenomena occurs when we want to extend a partial solution of some easy problems. We ...
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What are the consequences of solving XOR 3-SAT in Logspace?

XOR Formulas Consider boolean formulas with connectives $\wedge$ (AND) and $\oplus$ (XOR). Such a boolean formula is a valid instance for XOR SAT if it is a conjunction of $\oplus$-clauses. An $\...
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Have people looked for parameterized algorithms for problems that are not in NP?

Are there problems that are not in NP (e.g., NEXP-complete problems) but admit FPT algorithms for a reasonable parameterization (and specifically, the standard parameterization of a problem -- the ...
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How would proof of the Lindelöf hypothesis improve our understanding of computational complexity classes?

A recent press release from the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC discussed the proof of the Lindelöf hypothesis by Athanassios Fokas, a visiting professor from the Department of Applied ...
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Finding upper and lower bounds of a problem [closed]

We have n balls where 1 is a little heavier than the others and we want to find that heavier ball. We can only put some balls on one side of the scale and some on the other side and see if it leans ...
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Proof of SAT is complete for NP via first-order reductions

So I have been reading this: https://people.cs.umass.edu/~immerman/book/ch7.pdf I do not understand the proof of theorem 7.16, which says that SAT is complete for NP via first-order reductions. My ...
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What is best known space requrement for solving SATISFIABILITY problem in exp time

I searched a lot for finding best space requirement algorithm for SATISFIABILITY problem but I didn't find any thing better than brute force that is in DSPACE(n). is there exists better bound? and ...
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Arithmetic circuits with restrictions on occurrence of pairs of variables

I am curious if the following model was studied or has some obvious lower bounds: We want to compute a polynomial $P(x_1,x_2, \dots , x_n)$. Suppose we have a graph G on $n$ nodes that we are going ...
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Reference request: Arithmetic circuit complexity

I am completely new to this field. I want to read the prelims and unfortunately, I don't see any book written for a beginner in this area. Can anyone give me some basic starting points/references(text/...
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What is the best approximation and exact algorithm for vertex cover on cubic graphs?

"Best" = best performing in terms of run-time for exact algorithm and approximation ratio for an approximation algorithm.
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BQNC and Abelian Hidden Subgroup Problem

We know integer factorization is in $BPP^{BQNC}$ from Cleve and Watrous. Is Abelian Hidden Subgroup Problem also in $BPP^{BQNC}$? If not what is it that makes integer factorization special? In ...
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Primality in $NC$ hierarchy?

AKS primality testing solves whether a given integer is prime in $P$. AKS algorithm is following: Input: integer n > 1. Check if $n$ is a perfect power: if $n = a^b$ for integers $a > 1$ and $b &...
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Is Prime Bounded Quadratic Congruence NP-complete?

Bounded Quadratic Congruence: Instance: Three positive integers $a$, $b$ and $c$. Question: Is there a positive integer $x<c$ such that $x^{2} \equiv a \, (mod \ b)$? Bounded Quadratic ...
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An alternative characterization of some NExp-Time Turing machine with oracles

Let me denote by $\Sigma_i^P$ be a class from i-th level of polynomial time hierarchy (see eg. PH). I'm interested in the following type of a Turing Machine $\mathcal{M}$: $\mathcal{M}$ is ...
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How hard is it to generate a set of relatively prime numbers between two given bounds?

Informal Question How hard is it to generate a set of relatively prime numbers between two given bounds? Decision Problem Given $a$, $b$, and $k \in \mathbb{N}$. Does there exist a set $S \...
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NP-Complete graph problems where a special vertex is given as input?

I am currently working on a graph theory problem where the instance includes a graph and a special vertex in the graph. I am trying to prove the NP-completeness of the problem as well as explore ...
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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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Complexity of distributively verifying that the diameter is small

Consider a graph $G=(V,E)$ and an integer parameter $k$. I'm interested in the round complexity, in the CONGEST model, of checking if the diameter of the graph is "much larger" or "much smaller" than ...
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A stronger multiplexing rule for soft linear logic?

In (intuitionistic) linear logic the usual rules for the storage modality $!$ are promotion, dereliction, contraction, and weakening: $$\frac{!\Gamma\vdash A}{!\Gamma\vdash !A}(prom) \qquad \frac{\...
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Circuits computing functions of inputs smaller than $n$

The usual circuit complexity concerns circuits where circuit $C_n$ computes function $f_n$. I am interested in circuits such that $C_n$ can compute $f_i$ for all $i \leq n$. I am assuming that the ...
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Is there any NC-complete problem with respect to logspace reduction?

The question is on the title. We all know that $\text{NL}$ and $\text{P}$ have such problems. So I wonder the same thing about $\text{NC}$. More interestingly, is there any $k \ge 2$ and any $\text{...
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$BPL$ with polylog random bits is in $L$

Consider a $BPL$ machine (namely, a probabilistic algorithm that uses logspace and polynomially many random bits). It is known (Saks-Zhou) that $BPL \subseteq DSPACE(log^{1.5}(n))$. My question is ...
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2-hop distributed coloring in the CONGEST model

Consider a graph $G=(V,E)$ and let $d(u,v)$ denote the distance between $u$ and $v$ in $G$. A 2-hop coloring is a mapping $c:V\to{1,\ldots, C}$ ($C$ is the number of colors) such that $d(u,v)\le 2 \...
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Best $\Pi_k \text{SAT}$ running time?

Define $\Pi_k \text{SAT}$ by 'Given a quantified boolean formula $\varphi = \forall y_1\exists y_2\dots Q_ky_k\mbox{ }\phi(y_1, \dots, y_k)$, where $\phi(y_1, \dots, y_k)$ is boolean predicate with ...
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Can MONOTONE WSAT be in solved in polynomial time?

In the weighted monotone satisfiability problem (MONOTONE WSAT), the input is an n-variable MONOTONE CNF Boolean formula (when there is no a clause with a negated variable) and an integer k, and the ...
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Career advice needed: Switching from theoretical CS to pure math

I couldn't think of a better forum to ask this question. I am a first year cs graduate student. I couldn't really pursue theoretical cs during my undergrad, but as part of our PhD qualifiers, i had to ...