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Questions tagged [cc.complexity-theory]

P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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What is the motivation behind W[P]?

I've been researching Parameterized Complexity Theory, and I've been puzzled by the definition of W[P]. Why is the number of non-deterministic steps bounded by $log|n|$? What is the intuition I should ...
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Regular expressions of prefixes/suffixes

It is well-known that star-free regular expressions, which are defined by the grammar $r::= a \mid r \cdot r \mid r \cup r \mid \neg r \mid \varepsilon \mid \emptyset$ where $a$ belongs to a finite ...
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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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Is 3-coloring bounded degree graphs subexponential: $O(\exp{(\sqrt{n}\log^2{n})})$? [closed]

We got an argument that 3-coloring bounded degree graphs is subexponential with complexity $O(\exp{(\sqrt{n}\log^2{n})})$. The treewidth of a planar graphs on $n$ vertices is $O(\sqrt{n})$ and 3-...
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Complexity assumptions and practical protocols

What are necessary and sufficient conditions for some form of public-key infrastructure to be possible? SSH? TLS? Kerberos? Symmetric encryption? What about in the post-quantum world?
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On complexity of linear programming with quadratic equality/inequality constraints?

Feasibility test in Linear programming is in $P$ and in convex quadratic programming is in $P$. What is the maximum $k$ such that $n$-variable $m=poly(n)$ linear constraint feasibility test with $k$ ...
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0-partition number vs partition number

Denote by $\chi_0(f)$ the minimum number of 0 monochromatic rectangles needed to cover the 0-inputs of $f$, and by $\chi(f)$ the minimum number of monochromatic rectangles needed to cover the all ...
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Formalization of proofs and CC paradox? - Part II

This was the second part of my previous question. It is very similar, and probably it has a similar answer (as Emil said in a comment), but I thought it was worth to separate it and ask it as a new ...
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Path in a graph with durations [closed]

I have the following problem: given a directed graph $G=(V,E,d)$, where $d:V\to\mathcal{I}(\mathbb{Q}_0^+\cup\{+\infty\})$ (here $\mathbb{Q}_0^+$ denotes the set of non-negative rationals and $\...
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PTIME or NP-Hardness of stochastic objective function

I will begin by linking a previous post where I asked a general question for a stochastic setting which I describe below. It turns out that my "proof" for a restricted case had a mistake and there is ...
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Showing hardness of maximizing stochastic objective function over graph

Consider a graph $G = (V, E)$ with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges. Each vertex $v_i$ can take positive value $a_i$ with probability $p_i$ and value $0$ with probability $1-p_i$. The challenge is to ...
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Results/concepts that also proved useful outside of their “home areas”

There are some results/concepts in TCS which are used in areas other than the "home area" where they emerged. For example, NP-completeness has complexity theory as its home area, but it is also used ...
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Clarification regarding Bounded Quadratic Congruence Problem

Given: 3 positive integers $a, b, L$. Problem: Is there a positive integer $x < L$ such that $x^2 \equiv \ a (mod\ b)$? The above problem is NP Complete (as mentioned in G&J) even if we ...
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How hard is APPROXIMATE-#SAT?

It is well known that the problem of counting the satisfying assignments of SAT, namely the problem #SAT, is #P-complete. It is also suspected (somewhat less widely) that even deciding SAT should ...
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Is End-of-Monotone-Line PPAD-complete?

Consider the following problem from TFNP that is somewhere between End-of-the-Line (PPAD) and End-of-Metered-Line (CLS). Input (via polynomial circuit): Graph on vertex set $0$ to $2^n-1$ such that ...
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Fixed dimension Integer programming minus LLL in fixed parameter $NC$?

If you remove LLL part then is remaining part of a. Lenstra algorithm b. Barvinok algorithm in $O(f(n)(\log(mL))^c)$ time on $O(g(n)(mL)^c)$ processors with fixed $c>0$ in fixed $n$...
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a polynomial representation of boolean functions

I came up with this linear transformation to map boolean functions to polynomials and it seems to have some nice properties. I was wondering if there is any reference describing this (and/or similar) ...
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How hard is gapped satisfiability?

It is well known that general satisfiability (of polynomially many clauses) is NP-hard, and in fact, it is conjectured that an algorithm deciding instances of SAT takes time nearly $2^n$ on $n$ ...
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Is there any time efficient way of achieving the result of FKS hashing lemma?

FKS hashing lemma states. Given a set of $n-$bit numbers $\{x_1,x_2,\dots,x_k\}$ there exist a prime $p$ of $O(\log n + \log k)$-bit such that $x_i$ mod $p \neq $ $x_j$ mod $p$ if $x_i \neq x_j$...
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If a root||nonce Proof-of-Work certificate is prime, can it be used in any other interesting proofs?

Because Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrency mining certificates are "rare" in that their respective hash is less than a very small number, can we leverage their rarity in probabilistic proofs of ...
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Why is the circuit class AC0 unavoidable?

Take AC0. What is a natural thought process that leads to the definition of AC0? Does this class arise intrinsically anywhere? My problem is that in the case of unbounded fan-in, AND and OR gates ...
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Complexity of comparing polygon perimeters

The problem of comparing the lengths of two paths of line segments connecting points in $\mathbb{Q}^2$ is not known to be in $\text{P}$, nor even in $\text{NP}$. Does requiring that the paths begin ...
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Proof that all Boolean functions can be computed by $(MOD_2-MOD_3)$ circuit

I was reading "Some properties of MOD m circuits computing simple functions" (Amano & Maruoka, 2003) where the authors prove that every Boolean function can be computed by depth $2$ by $(MOD_2-...
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Sparsification Lemma for k-SAT and Exponential Time Hypothesis

According to R. Impagliazzo, R. Paturi and F. Zane, 2001 an instance of $k$-SAT is called sparse if $m = O(n)$ where $m$ denotes the number of clauses and $n$ the number of variables. The ...
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Complexity of bounded degree full contraction

This paper defines the problem $\mathrm{B{\scriptsize OUNDED} \ D{\scriptsize EGREE}\ C{\scriptsize ONTRACTION}}$ as follows: Instance: A graph $G$ and two integers $d$ and $k$. Question: Is there a ...
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Efficiently computable by a “simple” algorithm?

I am interested in the relation between "program complexity" and "computational complexity". In particular, I was wondering What is known about the minimal length a program must have to solve a ...
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What's the status of Babai's Graph isomorphism result?

It's been over a year since his January 2017 retraction and correction. Is there news? If not is this normal for validation to take this long? I would expect it would get plenty of attention. Has ...
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Complexity of finding a consistent hyperplane

Given $m$ binary labeled points in $\mathbb{R}^d$, it is well-known that in general it's NP-hard to find a hyperplane that minimizes sample error. A brute-force search considers all $O(m^d)$ sample ...
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What are semantic classes that have a syntactic equivalent?

This question is related to Benefits for syntactic and semantic classes. As mentioned there, $\mathsf{PSPACE} = \mathsf{IP}$, which can be interpreted as the semantic class $\mathsf{IP}$ obtaining a ...
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Hardness of Approximation for minimum path cover in an undirected graph?

Given an undirected graph $G = (V,E)$, a path cover is a set of disjoint paths such that every vertex $v\in V$ belongs to exactly one path. The minimum path cover problem consists of finding a path ...
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Rademacher complexity beyond the agnostic setting

The way I know of to bound generalization error by Rademacher complexity is Theorem 2.4 in this lecture notes, http://ttic.uchicago.edu/~tewari/lectures/lecture9.pdf. Here the quantity on the LHS that ...
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Testing whether letters can be scheduled to achieve a word in a regular language

I fix a regular language $L$ on an alphabet $\Sigma$, and I consider the following problem that I call letter scheduling for $L$. Informally, the input gives me $n$ letters and an interval for each ...
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What are the problems in EXPSPACE \ EXPTIME?

Based on the diagram below (from Papadimitriou's book) we can see that PSPACE ⊆ EXPTIME ⊆ EXPSPACE. We know that PSPACE ⊊ EXPSPACE, which means that there are problems that can be solved in polynomial ...
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Reduction from SAT to binary matrix subset problem

I'm trying to understand the answer by @Denis on this question, where he showed a way to reduce from SAT to the binary matrix column subset selection problem. The reason I'm having to post a new ...
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If only pathological cases of NP-hard problems are difficult to solve, then why isn't NP-hard defined to only include those pathological cases?

NP-hard problems are not used in cryptography, because they are believed to be computationally-intractable in the worst case but are not computationally-intractable in the average case. Is there a ...
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List of (unsolved) complexity problems arising from PL

What are some major, open computational complexity problems that arise from programming languages, especially program analysis and compilation? I am looking for problems on the lines of "the time ...
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Common insights into hypothetical complexity of graph problems

I came across two examples of hypothetical hardness of some graph problems. Hypothetical hardness means that refuting some conjecture would imply the NP-completeness of the respective graph problem. ...
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Parameterized complexity of inclusion of regular languages

I am interested in the classic problem REGULAR LANGUAGE INCLUSION. Given a regular expression $E$, we denote by $L(E)$ the regular language associated to it. (Regular expressions are on a fixed ...
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Complexity of testing if two sets of $m$ points in $\mathbb{R}^n$ differ only by rotation?

Imagine we have two size $m$ sets of points $X,Y\subset \mathbb{R}^n$. What is (time) complexity of testing if they differ only by rotation?: there exists rotation matrix $OO^T=O^TO=I$ such that $X=OY$...
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Hard instances in Impagliazzo's Heuristica

In Impagliazzo's imaginary world Heuristica, P ≠ NP but all NP problems are easy on average for any samplable probability distribution. In Impagliazzo's paper, he implies that if you do manage to ...
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Fischer and Rabin's theorem (1974) for theories of “additive” structures

Fischer and Rabin's Super-Exponential Complexity of Presburger Arithmetic (1974) has the following theorem. (Theorem 12) Let $U$ be any class of additive structures, so if $A = (A, +) \in U$, ...
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Scaled down and scaled up versions of Impagliazzo-Wigderson Therem

A famous theorem due to Impagliazzo and Wigderson states that if some function in $E=DTIME[2^{O(n)}]$ requires circuits of size $2^{\Omega(n)}$ then P=BPP. When can we change $P$ with some ...
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Generalized path cover problem in DAG

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a directed acyclic graph. Two vertices is transitive if there is a directed path between them. A Path Cover for a Set of Transitive Pairs (PCSTP) is a set of directed paths such that ...
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Is it possible to infer on the thermodynamics of 2 problems if reduction from $B$ to $A$ exists?

Peter Shor commented on this post: years of experience in theoretical computer science says that the thermodynamic behavior of two NP complete problems are in general not similar. What do we know ...
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Reference request for the relationship between approximating degree of Boolean functions and learning algorithms

This paper (http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~rocco/Public/stoc01.pdf) from STOC 2001 is possibly the first paper to show how to convert upperbounds on the $\frac{1}{3}-$approximation degree of a Boolean ...
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Natural problem in S2P not known to be in any smaller class [duplicate]

Is there a decision problem in $\textsf{S}_2\textsf{P}$ that (presumably) requires the full power of $\textsf{S}_2\textsf{P}$-computations? Specifically, is there a language in $\textsf{S}_2\textsf{P}$...
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Kolmogorov generic oracle

In Does the Polynomial Hierarchy Collapse if Onto Functions are Invertible?, authors defined a new type of generic oracles named Kolmogorov generic oracles. They proved following results relative to $...
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Reduce $m$-clause 3SAT to PLANAR-3SAT in $O(m^{2-\varepsilon})$

The classic reduction from 3SAT to PLANAR-3SAT requires a removal of $O(m^2)$ crossings from a rectilinear representation of 3SAT with $m$ clauses. However, the crossing number inequality suggests ...
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Connection between algebraic logic and computational complexity of logics?

I'm learning a bit about algebraic logic and I was wondering how knowing the algebraic semantics of a given logic might help the study of the logic itself from a computational point of view. In ...
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Complexity of modal logic IK5

What is the complexity of local satisfiability problem for modal logic $\mathit{IK5}$? Herein we denote by $IK5$ the modal logic over euclidean frames extended with inverse modality. Could you provide ...