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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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Probabilistic exponential time [closed]

Is it somewhat explored the exponential time complexity of bounded error probabilistic algorithms? Is there a name for the exponential analogue of BPP? In particular I wonder if it can be proved that ...
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Why is it difficult for GCT to prove super quadratic lower bound?

We have a quadratic lower bound for the Permanent Determinant problem. Why is it difficult for GCT to improve it?
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Is mathematical proof itself NP-hard?

At the 8:00 mark of this video, he claims that proving things is itself an NP problem. I'm looking for more insight into this. Could someone help explain this concept to me and also provide a link to ...
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Complete problems for dtime

$P$ is the polynomial time class defined as $$\cup_{i=0}^{\infty}DTIME(n^i).$$ which has linear programming as complete problem. Are there complete problems under linear time reductions within each $...
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Can you diagnolize without mentioning simulation?

Are there any known diagonalization proofs, of a language not being in some complexity class, which do not explicitly mention simulation? The standard diagnolization argument goes: here is a list of ...
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Are there enumerations of machines for all languages in 𝑃 such that there exists a simulator that can efficiently run all the machines enumerated?

From Kozen INDEXINGS OF SUBRECURSIVE CLASSES: "the class of polynomial time computable functions is often indexed by Turing machines with polynomial time counters.... The collection of all (...
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Complexity relative to the graph of the Busy-Beaver function

This question is inspired by the comments made on this other question that I asked, and by an attempt to provide an explicit example of a complexity question beyond the Turing degree $\mathbf{0}$. (...
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Does $NP \subset BQP$ Imply $Co-NP \subset BQP$? [closed]

Does $NP \subset BQP$ Imply $Co-NP \subset BQP$? I now that $NP \subset BQP$ does not imply $PH \subset BQP$ But I’m not sure about $Co-NP$.
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Has there been any development of complexity theory for other Turing degrees than 0?

(I'm not sure if this question is better suited for MathOverflow or here. I'll try here first, and move over to MO later if it appears to be more appropriate.) Complexity theory can be very broadly ...
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In the neutral zone between polynomial and sub-exponential

What are examples of problems that are known to be sub-exponential, but are known to be non-polynomial, or are not known to be polynomial? EDIT. Here is what I mean by sub-exponential (apologies for ...
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Is there an algorithm for 3x3 sudokus without backtracking? [closed]

From what I can see on Wikipedia and the Internet at large, all sudoku solving algorithms (including human ones) employ some kind of EXPTIME backtracking search for some sudokus. Are there any SAT ...
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Can we efficiently enumerate the words accepted by a DFA by order of increasing weight?

Fix a deterministic finite automaton $A$ defining a regular language on the alphabet $\Sigma = \{0, 1\}$, and call the (Hamming) weight of a word $w \in \Sigma^*$ its number of $1$'s. Given a length $...
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Choosing one number from each set so that the sum of squares of each distinct number counts is minimized

Problem is as follows: We are given $K$ subsets of $\{1,2,...,n\}$. We need to pick one number from each of these subsets such that $\sum_{i=1}^n p_i^2$ is minimized where $p_i$ is the number of times ...
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Adjective for: algorithm that outputs its input if it is one of its outputs?

Is there a well established adjective or name for an algorithm such that, given as input any of its own output, always outputs it unchanged? In other words, an algorithm such that it implements a ...
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Conjecture about ASP reductions between NP-complete problems

$ASP$-complete reductions, introduced by Ueda and Nagao, relate the hardness of computational problems in $FNP$. Basically, $ASP$-reduction is a polynomial time reduction between instances and a ...
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Disjoint subsets problem complexity

Is the decision problem below NP-complete? Given sets $S_1, ... , S_n$, as well as bounds $b_1, ... , b_n$, is it possible to pick pairwise disjoint subsets $U_1, ... , U_n$ such that $U_i \subset ...
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Diagonalization arguments for QMA type proof systems

Diagonalization is a very common technique to find oracle separations. For example, it can be used to separate $\cal{P}$ and $\cal{NP}$, with the essential idea being that of constructing an oracle in ...
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Encrypt an explicit circuit

Suppose we are given a circuit that are promised to be in a fixed class $\mathcal{C}$ (say AC^0). We want to “encapsulate” the circuit such that the resulting circuit computes the same function, while ...
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Topological sorting of a DAG where special vertices have to come in even groups

Consider the following problem. The input is a directed acyclic graph (DAG) $G = (V, E)$, and a subset $V' \subseteq V$ of vertices, which we call special vertices. The question is to determine ...
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We know that X3C is NP-complete with |X|=3q and |C|=m. Is this problem still remains NP-complete if |C|<2q? [closed]

Exact-Cover-by-3Sets (X3C) is NP-complete. If the number of classes i.e. |C|<2q then whether this is version of X3C is NP-complete or not?
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Is there an assumption that implies $P=ZPP$ which is not known to imply $P=BPP$?

There are assumptions that are known to imply that $P = BPP$. For example, if there exists a function in $E = DTIME(2^{O(n)})$ that has circuit complexity $2^{\Omega(n)}$, then $P = BPP$ [1]. Clearly, ...
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Efficient algorithm for finding segregators in a directed acyclic graph

Given a directed acyclic graph $G=(V,E)$, we define a $(\alpha,\beta)$-segregator of $G$ to be a subset $S$ of $V$ of size $\alpha$ such that no vertex in $G\setminus S$ has more than $\beta$ ...
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Complexity class of efficient streaming algorithms

Consider the class of problems $\mathsf{StreamL}$ which can be solved in logarithmic space reading the input in a single pass from left to right. In other words: $L \in \mathsf{StreamL}$ if there ...
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What is FO(REGULAR)? (The descriptive complexity equivalent of NC1)

According to Immerman's Descriptive Complexity diagram, there is a logic called $\mathsf{FO(REGULAR)}$ which captures $\mathsf{NC}^1$. However, I can't find the reference where this logic is defined. ...
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Is 4-in-a-row PSPACE-complete?

This paper by Laurens Kuiper shows that axis-parallel k-in-a-row is PSPACE-complete in complexity for k ≥ 5, but leaves the question open for k = 4. Has there been any research progress on this ...
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What is 'circuit problem' mentioned in Kempe-Kitaev-Regev's local hamiltonian problem paper

I have been going through Kempe-Kitaev-Regev's paper The Complexity of the Local Hamiltonian Problem. In the first paragraph of page 3, the authors point out that: To the best of our knowledge, ...
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Time complexity for multiplying two lower triangular matrices

I was wondering, if multiplication of two $n \times n$ lower (or upper) triangular matrices has a more efficient algorithm than multiplication of two general $n \times n$ matrices? $$ \begin{bmatrix} ...
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Proof systems induced by NP-complete problems

Satisfiability is the fundamental NP-complete problem. Cook-Reckhow theorem states that the existence of a propositional proof system that admits polynomial size proofs for all tautologies implies ...
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Applications of sunflower lemma in theoretical computer science

In one lecture by Kewen Wu who is one of the authors of paper Improved bounds for the sunflower lemma, it is said that the sunflower lemma can be applied to many fields like circuit lower bounds ...
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Technical lemma about curves used in original proof of PCP theorem

I am reading the proof from here and found a technical lemma that seems to be incorrect (its proof is short and very vague). I know this is rather specific and the context is problematic, but I couldn'...
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What research is being done in classical complexity theory?

As far as I'm aware, classical complexity theory is being replaced by more recent forms of complexity theory, such as communication complexity and quantum complexity. What happened to results such as ...
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Can we multiply two numbers more efficiently (using binary circuits) if one of the numbers is fixed? [duplicate]

Let $a_1, a_2 \dots$ be a sequence of natural numbers, where $a_i$ has bit length $i$. Consider a function $f_n : \{0, 1\}^n \to \{0, 1\}^{2n}$ defined as $f_n(x) = a_n \cdot x$ ($\cdot$ is ...
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Is PP invariant under changing its cut-off from 1/2 to another number?

Suppose I have a fixed family of quantum circuits $\{C_i\}$ for which determining whether the maximum output acceptance probabilities are $p\geq 1/2$ or $p< 1/2$ is PP-hard. Now suppose I have the ...
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Order of quantifiers in the definition of NP-completeness: does the reduction allow arbitrary polynomials? [closed]

Arora and Barak define NP-completeness as the following: "We say that a language $A \subseteq \{0, 1\}^∗$ is polynomial-time Karp reducible to a language $B \subseteq \{0, 1\}^∗$ denoted by $A \leq_p ...
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Is $L \subset 1NL$ when $L \neq NL$?

A log-space Turing machine has a read-only input tape, a write-only output tape and uses at most $O(\log n)$ space in its read-write work tapes. The classes $L$ and $NL$ contain those languages which ...
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Are there complexity theory consequences of the collapse NEXP=EXP^NP?

It is clear that $NEXP\subseteq EXP^{NP}$, as a TM with exponential run time can simply query the NP oracle with an exponentially long query. However, it's not clear that the reverse $EXP^{NP}\...
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Complexity of a scheduling problem with a fixed left bound of jobs

Consider the following scheduling problem. We have a finite set of jobs $\mathcal{J}= \{j_1, j_2, ..., j_n\}$ to do. Every job $j_i$ has its own value $c_i$ (the amount of money we are paid for ...
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What is the computational complexity of Acyclic Joins?

I am quite new to relational algebra, but I realize that there are efficiency proofs for processing Acyclic joins. I have not been able to understand these results, but this particular problem is ...
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NP-complete decision problems on deterministic automata

Do you know any NP-complete decision problems on deterministic automata? Most NP-complete problems that come to my mind are either (see, or here) graph theoretical, or involve some string rewriting or ...
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FO(TC) lower bounding games?

Is anyone aware of any games/algebraic structures that provide lower-bounding methodologies for $FO(TC)$ formulae? I am aware of EF games as they apply to first-order and second-order statements, but ...
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existence & characterization of “kolmogorov efficient” programs

$\newcommand{\Prog}{\operatorname{Prog}}\newcommand{\kol}{\operatorname{kol}}$ Disclaimer: I do not have a formal background in algorithmic complexity theory so apologies if I use non-standard ...
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$DTIME_1(o(n^2))\setminus$ REGULAR

Maybe this is well-known, but I couldn't find any example of a non-regular lanugage that is decidable on a single-tape Turing machine in subquadratic time. Help! Related paper: On the structure of ...
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Alternative proofs of Savitch's theorem?

Question: Are there any known proofs of Savitch's theorem that $NL \subseteq L^2$ besides the usual one? By the usual one I mean the proof based on recursively querying whether there is a midpoint. ...
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Complexity of solving systems of linear equations with hash preimages

Introduction: I'm researching a decision problem that I thought was in NP because there are certificates for its instances that have a polynomial number of elements. However, I realized that there are ...
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Matrix rank approximation

I am aware of the problem of low rank approximation of matrices which has been studied in various models of computation. My question is the following: What is the status of approximating rank of a ...
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Complexity of finding automorphism group of code

What is the computational complexity (may be both classical or quantum) for finding automorphism group of a general linear code? Is there better bound on complexity if structure of code is known for ...
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Are there problems in $DTIME(n^k) - DTIME(n^{k-1})$ that are not hard for $DTIME(n^{k-1})$ under nearly linear time reductions?

Background It can be challenging to find computational problems that are solvable in $DTIME(n^k) - DTIME(n^{k-1})$ where $k \geq 2$. Although some natural problems are known to exist, many of them ...
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Problem in deterministic time $n^p$ and not lower

I'm looking for any language $L$ candiate to be in $DTIME(n^p) -DTIME(n^{p-1})$ (it takes at least $n^{p-1}$ steps to determine if an input is in L with a 2-tape $TM$, but L is polynomially solvable). ...
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The complexity of the permanent of low rank matrices

I know that for an arbitrary $n \times n$ matrix, Ryser's algorithm can compute the permanent in $\mathcal{O}(2^n n^2)$ time. I'm interested in computing the permanent of $n \times n$ matrices of rank ...
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the shorstest cycle containing two given points

I am given a edge-weighted (multi)graph $G$ and two of its vertices, $u, v\in V(G)$. I want to find two edge-disjoint paths that connects $u$ and $v$ while minimizing the sum of the lengths of the ...

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