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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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Sparsity related to linear programming in $NC$?

Linear Programming is $P$-complete. Results like here and here implies certain non-trivial cases have been parallelized. How does complexity theory characterize $NC$ cases of linear programming? In ...
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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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Is BQP upper bounded by the class of problems computable by an exponential number of GPUs?

Consider the class $EXPGPU$ that informally contains all problems that can be stocastically solved in polynomial time by an exponential number of processors. Question: Is $BQP \subset EXPGPU$? My ...
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A game on several graphs

Consider the following game on a directed weighted graph $G$ with a chip at some vertex. All vertices 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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Time-space trade-offs and towards a quadratic lower bound for $3SAT$ with $m=O(n)$ clauses?

We have quadratic $TISP$ lower bound for $SAT$. What are the known barriers preventing from getting a true quadratic circuit lower bound for $SAT$? We know from sparsification lemma that $3SAT$ ...
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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?...
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Planar Exact Cover by even-size sets

Major edit on June 6, 2019: Replaced the target problem with a simpler (but equivalent) one. Is the following problem NP-complete? Planar Exact Cover by even-size sets Input: A set $U$, a ...
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Razborov-Smolensky polynomial argument on $\textrm{ACC}[q]$ where $q$ is a prime power

It seems to be a folklore that we can "handle" $\textrm{ACC}[q]$ circuits not only for prime $q$ but prime power $q$. For example, authors of this paper say that ... any constant depth circuit ...
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Graph automorphism with prescribed values

Consider a graph $G$ with vertices labeled $1,...,n$ and edge weights $w_{ij}$. Recall an automorphism of G is a permutation $\sigma$ of the vertex labels such that $w_{\sigma(i),\sigma(j)}=w_{ij}$ ...
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Attempted proofs of P vs NP

What are the most recent (say in the last 3 years) attempts at disproving $P = NP$, and where can I find the papers?
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Can a hash preimage be used to amplify BPP probabilities?

Suppose we are given a (univariate) polynomial $P$ of degree $d$, and we wish to determine if $P$ is identically $0$. A standard way to do this is to use a classical PRG to randomly sample a number $...
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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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Comprehensive list of functions used in Big-$O$ notation

We all know that exponential functions grow faster than polynomials. Let us consider the following function: $f(n)=n^{a_1}⋅(\log n)^{a_2}⋅(\log\log n)^{a_3}⋅(\log\log\log n)^{a_4}⋯ $ where the leading ...
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Under what models do we know linear time sorting?

The best we know for general case sorting is $O(n\log n)$ (which is also $\theta(n\log n)$ is decision tree model) and the problem of $O(n)$ sorting is open for turing machine models. Under what ...
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Is prime-counting function #P-complete?

Recall $\pi(n)$ the number of primes $\le n$ is the prime-counting function. By "PRIMES in P", computing $\pi(n)$ is in #P. Is the problem #P-complete? Or, perhaps, there is a complexity reason to ...
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$XP_{\text{uniform}}=FPT$ and update to $EPTAS$ section in complexity zoo?

Complexity zoo in https://complexityzoo.uwaterloo.ca/Complexity_Zoo:E#eptas has the following: $FPT = XPuniform\implies EPTAS = PTAS$. Fundamentals of Parametrized complexity on page $534$ has ...
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Is the following problem in $coNP$?

Given an $n\times n$ matrix $M$ with $\mathbb Z$ entries is 'does an $\frac n2\times\frac n2$ minor of $M$ vanish?' in $\bf{coNP}$? At least one $\frac n2\times\frac n2$ minor non-vanish implies rank ...
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What is the complexity of Parametric Mixed Integer Linear Programming?

We know $$\forall\bf y\in\mathbb Z^n:K\bf y\leq b$$ $$\exists\bf x\in\mathbb Z^m:A\bf x + B\bf y\leq c$$ is in $\bf P$ if $n,m$ are fixed from Kannan's result (refer page $1$ in reference). What is ...
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Why exactly are complexity theorists interested in closed timelike curves?

Context: There are several papers that study the implications of closed timelike curves (CTCs) to quantum complexity. In 2008, Aaronson and Watrous published their famous paper on this topic which ...
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Lower bound on alternations needed in $BQP$ versus $PH$ result?

What is the fastest $f(n)$ the relatively new result of oracle separation of $\mathsf{BQP}$ from $\mathsf{PH}$ provides such that ${\#\mathsf{SAT}}\not\subseteq\mathsf{FP}^{\mathsf{PH}[O(f(n))]}$ ...
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Which (almost) balanced Boolean function has smallest “total” influence

The well known Kahn–Kalai–Linial (KKL) Theorem says that for any Boolean function $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n \xrightarrow{} \{-1,1\}$ $$ \max_{i \in [n]} \{\mathbf{Inf}_i[f] \} \geq \mathop{\bf Var}[f] \cdot ...
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Is there any quantum analog of the VP vs. VNP problem?

From Wikipedia: $\mathsf{VP}$: The class VP is the algebraic analog of P; it is the class of polynomials $f$ of polynomial degree that have polynomial size circuits over a fixed field $K$. $\...