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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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Terminology: FNP, with P replaced by NP?

Consider these two classes of search problems: Search problems with poly-sized solutions s.t. verifying solutions is in P. Search problems with poly-sized solutions s.t. verifying solutions is in NP. ...
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Matrix multiplication when one matrix is fixed

Let $A$ be a fixed positive entried integer matrix of size $a\times n$ with $\ell$ bits per entry One is allowed to pre-process this matrix as appropriate. Given another positive integer entried $B$...
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$BPP$ type algorithms with slightly more capability

A language $L$ is in $BPP$ if and only if there exists a polynomial $p$ and deterministic Turing machine $M$, such that $M$ runs for polynomial time on all inputs For all $x$ in $L$, the fraction of ...
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Problem related to Completeness : P = PC [closed]

I am learning computational complexity. So, i took some practise problems from internet. I came across 1 problem which I am not sure whether my solution is correct or not. The question is : Let us ...
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Conjuagate operation solution

Let A,B two matrices over binary field that are similar. So there exists a solution to equation of type $$B=XAX^{-1} $$ Is there an algorithm to find all X's? If not classical, may be a quantum ...
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On classes $UP$ and $US$?

Is there any consequence if the classes $UP$ and $US$ have complete problems? $coNP$ is in $US$ according to https://complexityzoo.uwaterloo.ca/Complexity_Zoo:U#us and does $NP$ also belong to $US$?
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Assuming P != NP, what is the cardinality of the set of NP-Hard languages? [closed]

Clearly if P = NP, then every non-trivial language is NP-Hard, so there are uncountably many NP-Hard languages. However, assuming P != NP is NP-Hard known to be uncountable? My guess would be yes, but ...
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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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PPAD and Quantum

Today in New York and all over the world Christos Papadimitriou's birthday is celebrated. This is a good opportunity to ask about the relations between Christos' complexity class PPAD (and his other ...
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Consequences of BPP=BQP

If BPP=BQP then there is a polynomial time randomized factoring algorithm. A lot of other quantum algorithms that appeared to have an exponential speedup have recently been dequantized. For examples, ...
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What evidence do we have for (and against) Unique Games Conjecture?

Subhash Khot's Unique Games Conjecture is one of active research areas in complexity theory. What evidence do we have for it? What evidence do we have against it?
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Implications of unprovability of $P\neq NP$

I was reading "Is P Versus NP Formally Independent?" but I got puzzled. It is widely believed in complexity theory that $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{NP}$. My question is about what if this is not ...
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What evidence is there that Graph Isomorphism is not in $P$?

Motivated by Fortnow's comment on my post, Evidence that Graph Isomorphism problem is not $NP$-complete, and by the fact that $GI$ is a prime candidate for $NP$-intermediate problem (not $NP$-complete ...
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Time complexity of alternation free quantified linear program with no free variables and only existential quantifications

We know $\exists x\in\mathbb R^n:Ax\leq b$ is standard linear program. I am mainly looking at following case of quantified linear program with no free variables with only existential quantifications ...
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Is this variation of TQBF still PSPACE-complete?

Deciding if a quantified boolean formula such as $\forall x_1 \exists x_2 \forall x_3\cdots \exists x_n \varphi(x_1, x_2,\ldots , x_n),$ always evaluates to true is a classical PSPACE-complete ...
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Complexity classes not closed under intersection and union

Some of the better known complexity classes: PP, NP, P... are closed under intersection and union. What are some counter-examples? Is there a natural reason for the common complexity classes to be ...
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Consequences of sub-exponential proofs/algorithms for SAT

Would there be any major consequences if SAT had at most subexponential unsat proofs or even more strongly, SAT had subexponential-time algorithms?
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Which complexity class does this problem belong to?

Consider the following problem $\mathcal{P}$. Instance: A Boolean formula $F$ of $n$ Boolean variables ($x_1,...,x_n$) and $m$ Boolean parameters ($b_1,...,b_m$) where $0 \leq m \leq n$. Problem: ...
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Is the isomorphism problem between posets represented by DAGs GI-complete?

Given two directed acyclic graphs, how hard is the problem of checking whether the partial orders they represent are isomorphic? Is this problem GI-complete? I believe this problem is equivalent to ...
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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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Is there a natural problem in quasi-polynomial time, but not in polynomial time?

László Babai recently proved that the Graph Isomorphism problem is in quasipolynomial time. See also his talk at University of Chicago, note from the talks by Jeremy Kun GLL post 1, GLL post 2, GLL ...
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Document references describing weaknesses for cutting planes and algebraic proof system?

Here, Fortnow says (section 4.3): Since then complexity theorists have shown similar weaknesses in a number of other proof systems including cutting planes, algebraic proof systems based on ...
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Is unary $\Pi_2$-SUBSETSUM coNP-complete?

Consider the following problem: for given integers $a_1, \ldots, a_{2n}$ and $A$ that are given in unary representation define is it true that for every $S \subseteq \{1, ..., 2n \}$ such that $|...
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How exactly is solving the random circuit sampling problem a computation in the Church-Turing thesis sense? [closed]

Note: This has been cross-posted to Quantum Computing SE. If we assume $\mathsf{BQP} \neq \mathsf{BPP}$, then we can say with reasonable certainty that Google's random sampling experiment falsifies ...
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What are the consequences of a faster algorithm for $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$?

What is the best algorithm known for $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$ in $n$ variables and $m$ gates? What is the consequence if there is an $\alpha\in(0,1)$ such that $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$ in $n$ variables and $m$ gates ...
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What would signify hierarchy collapse to first level?

We know that $$\mathsf{NP\subseteq P/Poly \iff coNP\subseteq P/Poly\implies PH=\Sigma_2^P}=\mathsf{\Pi_2^P}$$ $$\mathsf{NP\subseteq P/Log\iff coNP\subseteq P/Log\implies PH=\Sigma_0^P=\Pi_0^P}$$ ...
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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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Is the unbounded fan-in model realistic?

Does the unbounded fan-in circuit model apply in "practical" settings? In other words, are there real-world realisable computers with unbounded fan-in gates? As I understand, standard silicon ASICs ...
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Most important new papers in computational complexity

We often hear about classic research and publications in the field of computational complexity (Turing, Cook, Karp, Hartmanis, Razborov etc). I was wondering if there are recently published papers ...
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Technical issue with PCP theorem proof

I am reading the proof from here and I stumbled upon a technical (yet crucial) problem. I know this is rather specific and the context is problematic, but I couldn't figure it out myself. In pages 51 ...
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Arranging letters to make a word in a regular language

Fix a regular language $L$ on the alphabet $\{a, b\}$, and consider the following problem. I am given as input: some number $m \in \mathbb{N}$ of copies of the letter $a$, and some number $n \in \...
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Are there common names for the subtiers of PTIME?

We all know P, or PTIME, I think, as a common name for the class of polynomial-time problems. Are there common names for the first few levels inside P; that is, for constant-time, linear-time, ...
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On complexity class $\mathsf{\Pi_2 L}$

I suggest the following definition of $\mathsf{\Pi_2 L}$ (similarly to the certificate definition of $\mathsf{NL}$): A language $L$ belongs to $\mathsf{\Pi_2 L}$ iff there exists a deterministic ...
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Complexity of Block Design?

What is known about the complexity of creating Block Designs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_design)? I've found one paper that creates approximately solutions using Metaheuristics that claims ...
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Information theory for Mathematical Physics [duplicate]

What are some good introductory texts on information theory for someone who is classically trained in mathematical physics? Unfortunately my abilities in computer sciences and formal logic are next ...
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Chomsky-Schutzenberg Hierarchies explained for physicist (general) [closed]

I am classically trained in physics, however I have been interested in the use of information theory in studying some classical systems. As someone who is somewhat unfamiliar with the language of ...
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On Courcelle's question about Monadic second-order logic with cardinality predicates

I have found the following question at openproblemgarden.org: The problem concerns the extension of Monadic Second Order Logic (over a binary relation representing the edge relation) with the ...
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A game on several graphs

Consider the following game on a directed weighted graph $G$ with a chip at some node. All nodes of $G$ are marked by A or B. There are two players Alice and Bob. The goal of Alice (Bob) is to ...
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Does “Second X is NP-complete” imply “X is NP-complete”?

"Second $X$" problem is the problem of deciding the existence of another solution different from some given solution for problem instance. For some $NP$-complete problems, the second solution ...
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On theoretical aproaches for solving $\mathsf{SAT}$ in special cases

In what cases $\mathsf{SAT}$ can be solved in polynomial time? I know two cases: $2$-$\mathsf{SAT}$ and Horn-$\mathsf{SAT}$. Question 1: Is there a reference with algorithms for solving $\mathsf{...
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Results comparing BQP and NEXP

Are there oracle results with $$P=NP\neq BQP=NEXP\mbox{ and }P=NP\neq BQP\neq NEXP?$$ Also is there a $PCP$ characterization of $BQP$ like $$PCP(O(poly(n)),1)=PCP(O(poly(n)),O(poly(n)))=NEXP?$$
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Oracular separations between poly- and log-depth quantum circuits

The following problem appears in Aaronson's list Ten Semi-Grand Challenges for Quantum Computing Theory. Is $\mathsf{BQP}=\mathsf{BPP}^{\mathsf{BQNC}}$ In other words, can the "quantum" part of any ...
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A canonical complete problem for EXP and NEXP in terms of formulae

3SAT is a complete problem for NP. TQBF is a complete problem for PSPACE. Is there direct way to define canonical complete problems for EXP and NEXP in terms of boolean formulae? I have only seen ...
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What hierarchies and/or hierarchy theorems do you know?

I am currently writing a survey on hierarchy theorems on TCS. Searching for related papers I noticed that hierarchy is a fundamendal concept not only in TCS and mathematics, but in numerous sciences, ...
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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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Conditional separations of $\exists\mathbb{R}$ from $\mathbf{PSPACE}$

As pointed out explicitly by Emil Jeřábek here: Even with Turing reductions, $\mathbf{PSPACE}=\mathbf{P}^{\exists\mathbb{R}}$ would still be a breakthrough (and completely unexpected) result. So ...
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Evidence integer multiplication is in linear time?

After millenia of quest we have identified two $n$ bit integers can be multiplied in $O(n\log n)$ time. Please refer details in https://www.quantamagazine.org/mathematicians-discover-the-perfect-way-...
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Sensitivity and Low-Degree Approximation under Non-Uniform Distribution

I am searching for generalizations of analysis of Boolean functions when the input strings are distributed according to a general non-uniform distribution, possibly with arbitrary dependencies between ...
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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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Why doesn't P=NP imply P=AP (i.e. P=PSPACE)?

It is well known that if $\mathbf{P}=\mathbf{NP}$ then the polynomial hierarchy collapses and $\mathbf{P}=\mathbf{PH}$. This can easily be understood inductively using oracle machines. The question ...