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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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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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If Shore's Algorithm can solve factorization efficiently, how can it be in NP?

having a somewhat decent knowledge about classic complexity theory but not about Quantum Complexity Theory, I really struggle to understand the following: Under the ...
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Randomized algorithm for clique that proves P = NP [closed]

Suppose there is a polynomial-time randomized algorithm which for graph $G$ and natural number $k$ with probability not less than $2/3$ correctly answers the question whether or not there is a clique ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Volume computation of special polytopes

I'm interested in computing the volume of a special class of $\mathcal{H}$-polytopes and the complexity of doing so. I know that in general it is #P-hard to compute the volume of $\mathcal{H}$ -...
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Satisfiability problems with restricted (not bounded) number of occurrences per variable

Intro It is known that SAT is hard even when restricted to, e.g., formulas with exactly 3 literals per clause and at most 4 occurrences per variable. On the other hand it is easy if there are exactly ...
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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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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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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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Lower bound on pebbling numbers

Out of curiosity, I tried finding the original paper showing that there are graphs that require $n/\log n$ pebbles in the sense of Hopcroft, Paul, and Valiant’s seminal paper “On Time Versus Space”. (...
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How to prove a general convex set is nonempty or empty in polynomial time?

The general convex set should be represented by a set of (generalized) inequalities $f_{i}(x)\leq 0 $ with $ f_{i}(x) $ being convex in $ x $. I know ellipsoid method and interior method, but I do ...
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3-coloring planar graphs in $O\left(3^{n^.5}\right)$?

I was wondering if the task of searching for planar 3-colorings is known to be of complexity $O\left(c^{\sqrt{n}}\right)$ or lower? This feels like it would be an intuitive consequence based from ...
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Nondeterminstic Linear Time vs Other Complexity Classes

Is it known whether or not nondeterministic linear time contains $P$ and/or smaller classes such as Uniform-$NC^1$?
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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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Complexity of existence of simple polygonalization with prescribed area?

This is a followup on my previous question. Fekete proved the NP-completeness of deciding the existence of simple polygonalization with minimum (or maximum) enclosed area (simple polygonalization is ...
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On the sensitivity conjecture?

The recent establishment of the relation $bs(f)=O(s(f)^4)$ goes through Gotsman,Linial . Can the same approach get to $O(s(f)^2)$ or is there an essential limitation to the approach?
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Counting solutions to extended MSO formulas, and sampling — do these appear in the literature?

I am trying to determine if the literature contains various extensions of Courcelle's theorem. Since I haven't been able to find these in the literature, I guess that these are folklore results, or ...
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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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reference request for construction of expanders

I'm looking for a good exposition of the explicit constructive proof of the existence of expander graph families due to Reingold Vadhan and Wigderson. Arora/Barak has a chapter on it, but i find it ...
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Is there any research on the complexity of producing given a problem description?

It is straightforward enough to analyze the complexity of a particular algorithm as a function of input size or other variables in terms of runtime or space used or whatever else. I am wondering if ...
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Separation of AM and SZK

Are any results on the separation of AM from SZK known (e.g. relativized separation, or a separation assuming one-way functions exist, etc.)?
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Hidden Constants in Complexity of Algorithms

For many problems, the algorithm with the best asymptotic complexity has a very large constant factor that is hidden by big O notation. This occurs in matrix multiplication, integer multiplication (...
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Possibility of hierarchy with $UP$ class?

I am not sure if this is a cheap query. However I am unable to find this myself. So I am posting here. The standard complexity class is built with $NP$ and $coNP$ and leads up to $PSPACE$. The ...
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What is the reason to use NP instead of EXP as 'the' class of intractable problems?

What is the rationale for not using EXP has the main class for intractable problems but NP? Why is it important that solutions are verifiable in polynomial time?
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Bootstrapping results that really bootstrap

There is a type of results in TCS usually called bootstrapping results. In general, it is of the form If proposition $A$ holds, then proposition $A'$ holds. where $A$ and $A'$ are propositions ...
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Bipartite formula complexity lower bound

I'm trying to understand the paper The Bipartite Formula Complexity of Inner Product is Quadratic, by Avishay Tal. The argument is recapped here. I am having trouble understanding the proof Theorem 3 ...
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Is equivalence of uniform AC0 decidable?

Is there a representation of the functions from $\mathsf{DLogTime}$-uniform $\mathsf{AC}^0$ for which equivalence is decidable? Since the languages defined by nondeterministic pushdown automata ...
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Is sorting pairwise distances as hard as sorting arbitrary points?

If we have $n$ points in $\mathbb{R^d}$, what is the complexity of sorting the $O(n^2)$ pairwise distances? Clearly the complexity is $\Omega(n^2)$ but is there a reduction to show it is as hard as ...
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reduction from SAT to approximate set cover

I read this neat result proved in the early 90s: For any $c>1$, There's a poly time map from boolean formulas $\varphi$ to pairs $K, \mathcal S$ where $K$ is a positive integer and $\mathcal S$ ...
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complexity of deciding whether there's a small polynomial with a given root

Let $f\in (\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})^\ast$ be a nonzero element of a prime finite field. For $d, r\in \mathbb{N}$ consider the problem of deciding whether there is a nonzero polynomial $$P(x) = a_0 +...
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Unknown gaps in computation models

I'm looking for computatuon models where it is known that there are problems that we can solve in time T1 and T2. where T1 is smaller then T2 and it is unknown if there are problems where their ...
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How to build comparison operator (comparator) in an arithmetic circuit

I am trying to convert a basic program into an arithmetic circuit. I am stuck on the step of converting the greater than operator into an arithmetic circuit. To be specific, I do not know how to ...
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Upper bounds on the circut depth

Suppose $f:\{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ is a function such that it can be computed by a circuit of size $n^c$ for some constant $c>0$. Q. Is there any nontrivial upper bound on the depth of a circuit ...
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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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“Planar graph coloring is not self-reducible” is this about all $p$-relations encoding that problem?

I have a question about the paper "Planar graph coloring is not self-reducible" by Samir Khuller and Vijay Vazirani. The final theorem in that paper states that "Planar Graph k-coloring is not self ...
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Language in $PSPACE$ and not necessarily in $P$ if $P=PP$?

If $P=PP$ then the counting hierarchy collapses to $CH=P$. Because so many complexity classes are contained in $CH$, this causes most classes to now be contained in $P$. My question is whether this is ...
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Example of a hardness-of-approximation proof which improves the approximation factor?

Are there any examples of hardness-of-approximation reductions where we get a better hardness bound for the problem we've reduced to than the problem we've reduced from? In the examples I've seen so ...
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Is it possible to sort by only knowing the sign of pairwise sums?

I am currently thinking of how much structure one actually needs in order to be able to sort things at all. All comparison-based algorithms need a direct comparability, but are we able to remove this ...
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Is $MSB$ of permanent and certifying half number of witnesses easy?

Can there be a $P$ algorithm to decide if number of perfect matchings is at least $(n!/2)+1$ for a bipartite graph on $n+n$ vertices? Can there be a $P$ algorithm to decide if number of witnesses ...
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Problem of determining if a $4$ connected graph has $k$ Hamiltonian cycles

Definition: Define the $k$-HamiltonianCycles problem as the decision problem that asks if a given graph has at least $k$ distinct Hamiltonian cycles. Question: Is there some constant $k$ so that the $...
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Count satisfying assignments of CNF formulas over all possible negation assignments

Consider the set of all CNF instances that can be generated by adding negations to a single monotone CNF instance. How hard is it to compute the sum of the counts of satisfying assignments for the set?...