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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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How many different proofs are there of parity is not in AC0?

The theorem that Parity is not in $\mathsf{AC}^0$ is one of the gemstones of complexity theory. I wonder how many different proofs there are of this result? What constitutes "different" is also a part ...
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L/quasipoly vs NL/poly

Savitch's theorem shows that NSPACE($S(n)$) $\subseteq$ SPACE($S(n)^2$), which means that nondeterminism can be replaced by more spaces in this situation. Is it known whether nondeterminism can be ...
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TIME(n) versus TIME(nlogn)

The time hierarchy theorem implies TIME($n$) is strictly contained in TIME($n\log^{1+ε}n$) for all ε>0. Is the relationship between TIME($n$) and TIME($nlogn$) known?
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Efficient quantum algorithm for CLASSICAL FFT

Is there a known improvement on the current O(n*log(n)) algorithm for CLASSICAL FFT using quantum computation? 'n' is the number of samples. I need to find the amplitude and phase of the K dominating ...
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Does a non-constructive proof of bounds of a computable asymptotic complexity, with impossible fix, exist?

Does there exist an algorithm, about which a non-constructive $\omega$-consistent theory $A$ can prove that it has time complexity $O(f(n))$ where $n$ is some univariate function of the input, but ...
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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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Parsimonious Reduction from Unique-3SAT to NAE-3SAT

Using the result by Valiant and Vazirani, we know that Unique-3SAT (3SAT with a unique solution) is hard unless NP=RP. Also it is widely believed that the "Unique" version of any NP-complete problem ...
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How to efficiently verify if a semantic symmetry of a CNF formula is valid?

It is easy to verify that a syntactic symmetry of a CNF formula is correct. Is it also possible to check in polynomial time that a semantic symmetry which is not a syntactic symmetry of a formula is ...
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Non-Orthogonal Vectors Problem

Consider the following problems: Orthogonal Vectors Problem Input: A set $S$ of $n$ Boolean vectors each of length $d$. Question: Do there exist distinct vectors $v_1$ and $v_2 \in S$ ...
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Complexity of isotopy of embedded graphs

I am looking for previous work on the following problem: given two graphs embedded in the plane without crossing, determine if they are isotopic. By isotopic I mean that there is a continuous ...
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Asymptotic complexity of mass production

For a function $f:\{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}^m$, let $C(f)$ be the circuit complexity (for concreteness, constants and NOT gates are free, while 2-input AND gates cost 1). Let $k{\times}f : \{0,1\}...
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Fast classical simulation of quantum algorithms

Are there examples of cases where the classical simulation of a quantum algorithm for a problem outperforms the best previously known classical algorithm for this problem? "Outperforms" doesn't have ...
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Reasoning about NP hardness of optimization problems with closed form functions as input

(This may not be a research level question per se. I can delete this question if the community thinks this way too) I am trying to understand how to reason about hardness of optimization problems ...
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Sorting with an average of $\mathrm{lg}(n!)+o(n)$ comparisons

Is there a comparison-based sorting algorithm that uses an average of $\mathrm{lg}(n!)+o(n)$ comparisons? Existence of a worst-case $\mathrm{lg}(n!)+o(n)$ comparison algorithm is an open problem, but ...
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Conesequences of $\forall k\in \mathbb N \space NP\not\subseteq TISP(poly(n),n^k)$

Does $\forall k\in \mathbb N \space NP\not\subseteq TISP(poly(n),n^k)$ has any separation of classes or consequences? My main question is can use this to show that $P \neq NP$ or some thing useful ...
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Understanding the definition of a “restriction of a resolution derivation”

I am reading the paper An Introduction to Lower Bounds on Resolution Proof Systems. In its subsection 2.3 the author gives an inductive definition of the restriction of a resolution refutation $\pi$. ...
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Why is it a mystery if PSPACE ?= EXPTIME?

It seems obvious to me that $PSPACE \neq EXPTIME$. I, however, do not believe that my seemingly obvious logic would not be picked up by more intelligent people if it was so simple, so I'm assuming ...
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An algebra of complexity classes

A key feature of unrelativized computation is its composability out of smaller fragments, and to partially capture the composability, I came up with an algebra of fine-grained complexity classes. For ...
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NP completeness of Hamiltonian cycle for the family of *dual graphs* to plane, cubic, triply connected graphs?

It is well known that the Hamiltonian cycle problem is NP-complete on the family of planar, cubic and triply connected graphs: https://epubs.siam.org/doi/abs/10.1137/0205049 For a problem I'm ...
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Does there exist a polynomial time algorithm to determine whether an equation is a consequence of (x+y)*(y+z)=(x*y)+(y*z)?

Consider the identity $C$ $$(x+y)\times(y+z)=(x\times y)+(y\times z).$$ Is the problem of determining whether an identity is a consequence of $C$ in universal algebra a polynomial time problem? This ...
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Is this game EXPSPACE-complete?

Let $M$ be a polynomial-time deterministic machine that can ask questions to some oracle $A$. Initially $A$ is empty but this is can be changed after a game that will be described below. Let $x$ be ...
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Is Bayes optimal RL of a finite set of DFAs feasible?

Let $Q$ be a finite set of states, $\Sigma$ a finite alphabet, $q_0\in Q$ the start state and $F\subseteq Q$ the set of accepting sets. Let $\{\delta_k:Q\times\Sigma\rightarrow Q\}_{k=1}^n$ be a set ...
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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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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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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 ...