# Questions tagged [cc.complexity-theory]

P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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### Problems Between P and NPC

Factoring and graph isomorphism are problems in NP that are not known to be in P nor to be NP-Complete. What are some other (sufficiently different) natural problems that share this property? ...
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### Are runtime bounds in P decidable? (answer: no)

The question asked is whether the following question is decidable: Problem  Given an integer $k$ and Turing machine $M$ promised to be in P, is the runtime of $M$ ${O}(n^k)$ with respect to input ...
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### An NP-complete variant of factoring.

Arora and Barak's book presents factoring as the following problem: $\text{FACTORING} = \{\langle L, U, N \rangle \;|\; (\exists \text{ a prime } p \in \{L, \ldots, U\})[p | N]\}$ They add, further ...
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### Status of Impagliazzo's Worlds?

In 1995, Russell Impagliazzo proposed five complexity worlds: 1- Algorithmica: $P=NP$ with all the amazing consequences. 2- Heuristica: $NP$-complete problems are hard in the worst-case ($P \ne NP$) ...
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### NP-hard problems on trees

Several optimization problems that are known to be NP-hard on general graphs are trivially solvable in polynomial time (some even in linear time) when the input graph is a tree. Examples include ...
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### What kind of mathematical background is needed for complexity theory?

I am currently an undergraduate student, bound to graduate this year. After graduation, I am considering to work towards a TCS master/PhD. I have begun wondering what fields of mathematics are ...
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### Best Upper Bounds on SAT

In another thread, Joe Fitzsimons asked about "the best current lower bounds on 3SAT." I'd like to go the other way: What's the best current upper bounds on 3SAT? In other words, what is the time ...
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### Semantic vs. Syntactic Complexity Classes

In his "Computational Complexity" book, Papadimitriou writes: RP is in some sense a new and unusual kind of complexity class. Not any polynomially bounded nondeterministic Turing machine can be the ...
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### What are the best current lower bounds on 3SAT?

What are the best current lower bounds for time and circuit depth for 3SAT?
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Ladner's Theorem states that if P ≠ NP, then there is an infinite hierarchy of complexity classes strictly containing P and strictly contained in NP. The proof uses the completeness of SAT under many-...
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### NEXP-complete problems

There are tons of NP-complete problems around and sources collecting them, e.g. see the book by Garey and Johnson. I would be interested to see a list of NEXP-complete problems as well. Is there one ...
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### Are the problems PRIMES, FACTORING known to be P-hard?

Let PRIMES (a.k.a. primality testing) be the problem: Given a natural number $n$, is $n$ a prime number? Let FACTORING be the problem: Given natural numbers $n$, $m$ with $1 \leq m \leq n$, ...
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### Many-one reductions vs. Turing reductions to define NPC

Why do most people prefer to use many-one reductions to define NP-completeness instead of, for instance, Turing reductions?
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### What are the reasons that researchers in computational geometry prefer the BSS/real-RAM model?

Background The computation over real numbers are more complicated than computation over natural numbers, since real numbers are infinite objects and there are uncountably many real numbers, therefore ...
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### Programming languages for efficient computation

It is impossible to write a programming language that allows all machines that halt on all inputs and no others. However, it seems to be easy to define such a programming language for any standard ...
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### Finding a prime greater than a given bound

Is a deterministic polynomial-time algorithm known for the following problem: Input: a natural number $n$ (in binary encoding) Output: a prime number $p > n$. (According to a list of open ...
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### Proofs, Barriers and P vs NP

It is well known that any proof resolving the P vs NP question must overcome relativization, natural proofs and algebrization barriers. The following diagram partitions the "proof space" into ...
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### Problem in BPP but not known to be in RP or co-RP

Is there an example of a natural problem that's in BPP but that's not known to be in RP or co-RP?
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### Complexity of exponential function

We know that the exponential function $\exp(x,y) = x^y$ over natural numbers is not computable in polynomial time, because the size of the output is not polynomially bounded in the size of the inputs. ...
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### Interactive proofs for levels of the polynomial hierarchy

We know that if you have a PSPACE machine, it's powerful enough to give an interactive proof of any level the polynomial hierarchy. (And if I remember right, all you need is #P.) But suppose you want ...
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### When does "X is NP-complete" imply "#X is #P-complete"?

Let $X$ denote a (decision) problem in NP and let #$X$ denote its counting version. Under what conditions is it known that "X is NP-complete" $\implies$ "#X is #P-complete"? Of course the existence ...
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### A decision problem which is not known to be in PH but will be in P if P=NP

Edit: As Ravi Boppana correctly pointed out in his answer and Scott Aaronson also added another example in his answer, the answer to this question turned out to be “yes” in a way which I had not ...
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### Derandomizing Valiant-Vazirani?

The Valiant-Vazirani theorem says that if there is a polynomial time algorithm (deterministic or randomized) for distinguishing between a SAT formula that has exactly one satisfying assignment, and an ...
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### Is "Experimental Complexity Theory" being used to solve open problems?

Scott Aaronson proposed an interesting challange: can we use supercomputers today to help solve CS problems in the same way that physicists use large particle colliders? More concretely, my ...
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### Relationship between symmetry and computational intractability?

The $k$-fixed point free automorphism problem asks for a graph automorphism which moves at least $k(n)$ nodes. The problem is $NP$-complete if $k(n)=n^c$ for any $c$>0. However, If $k(n)=O(\log n)$...
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### Do all complexity classes have a leaf language characterization?

Leaf languages are a beautiful way to uniformly define many complexity classes. Most complexity classes are usually specified by a model of computation (e.g., deterministic/randomized TM), and a ...
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### How does the Mulmuley-Sohoni geometric approach to producing lower bounds avoid producing natural proofs (in the Razborov-Rudich sense)?

The exact phrasing of the title is due to Anand Kulkarni (who proposed this site be created). This question was asked as an example question, but I’m insanely curious. I know very little about ...
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### DNA-algorithms and NP-completeness

What is the relationship between DNA-algorithms and the complexity classes defined using Turing machines? What do the complexity measures like time and space correspond to in DNA-algorithms? Can they ...
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### What is the "right" definition of upper and lower bounds?

Let $f(n)$ be the worst case running time of a problem on input of size $n$. Let us make the problem a bit weird by fixing $f(n) = n^2$ for $n=2k$ but $f(n) = n$ for $n=2k+1$. So, what is the lower ...
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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 ...
### Is $coNP^{\#P}=NP^{\#P}=P^{\#P}$?
By http://www.cs.umd.edu/~jkatz/complexity/relativization.pdf If $A$ is a PSPACE-complete language, $P^{A}=NP^{A}$. If $B$ is a deterministic polynomial-time oracle, $P^{B}\ne NP^{B}$ (assuming \$P\...